Shenandoah is a traditional American folk song dating at least to the early 19th century about a man traveling in a canoe in the Missouri River who wanted to marry the daughter of a Native American (Oneida Iroquois) chief named Shenandoah. It later became a popular sea shanty. (source) (source)


(American folk song)

Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you.
Away, you rolling river,
Oh Shenandoah, I love to hear you,
Away, I’m bound away,
‘Cross the wide Missouri.

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  • Listening Worksheet for Same & Different
Listening Worksheet-bn
  • Song with chords, Lesson Suggestions for Rhythm (Long & Short, Half, Dotted Half, Whole Notes) (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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4 thoughts on “Shenandoah”

  1. Jennifer theylbrickroad

    This will always be one of my favorite tunes of all time. Thanks for all of your amazing resources 🙂

  2. Lv this song, I was born in Trinidad 1955, and been singing it since I was 16 yrs. Now I resides in Illinois. Will always sing this song 💞

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