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Where the Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way

The twilight softly gathered
round my 4 home among the 1 hills
And all nature soon will settle down to 5 rest
While I 1 sit and sadly ponder
and my 4 heart with longing 1 fills
As I 5 often think of one that I love 1 best

We were wedded in the springtime
and our hearts they knew no pain
Fair nature seemed to smile on us that day
Now she sleeps beneath the lilacs
and she'll ne'er come back again
Where the silver Colorado wends its way

There's a sob on every 5 breeze
And a sigh comes from the 1 trees
And the 5 mocking birds they sing a sadder 1 way
For the flowers creep no more
Round my 4 cheerless cabin 1 door
Where the 5 silver Colorado wends its 1 way

The silver snow is gleaming
on your distant mountainside
Where often used to wander Nell and I
And the birds are singing gaily
in the valley far below
Where I long some day to lay me down and die

Then our lives were gay and happy
in the shadow of the hills
My heart beats fonder for her day by day
And I feel her presence near me
as I sit alone tonight
Where the silver Colorado wends its way

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.