“River, Stay Way”


"You keep going your way; I'll keep going my way; River, stay way from my door... You don't need my cabin; River, stay way from my door. Don't come up any higher; I'm so alone, just my bed and fire... Don't start breaking my heart."


This is one of those items that could easily float in and out of any bluesy semiballad. I suspect that it did so, and probably belongs with something else in the Index. but without a tune, there is no way to say what. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 189, "River, Stay Away" (1 text)
  2. BI, MHAp189


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Henry; collected by Susie A. Blaylock from an unnamed source)
Found in: US(Ap)