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“O Shenandoah” . . . . traditional American Folk Song . . . .Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook THREE (now reduced to just $20.00)

August 19, 2016

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O Shenand doah blog headerPerformance of “O Shenandoah” by Sissel

From Wikipedia we learn that “Oh Shenandoah” (also called simply “Shenandoah” or “Across the Wide Missouri”) is a traditional Americanfolk song of uncertain origin, dating at least to the early 19th century.

The song appears to have originated with Canadian and American voyageurs or fur traders traveling down the Missouri River in canoes, and has developed several different sets of lyrics. Some lyrics refer to the Native American chief “Shenandoah” (Oskanondonha) and a canoe-going trader who wants to marry his daughter. By the mid 1800s versions of the song had become a sea shanty heard or sung by sailors in various parts of the world

Until the 19th century only adventurers who sought their fortunes as trappers and traders of beaver fur ventured as far west as the Missouri River. Most of these Canadian and American “voyageurs” in…

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