“Shanadar (I)”


Fragment only. "Shanadar is a rolling river, E-O... I-O... E-O... I-O..." May be a variant of "Shenandoah" but the meter is quite different, alternating between 2/2 and 3/2.


Not too surprisingly, Roud lumps this with "Shenandoah," and I don't think there is much doubt that the two are related. But this does appear distinct enough (barely) to deserve its own listing. Note that there are "Shenandoah" texts with a "Shanadar" refrain -- but they're from Cecil Sharp, who may well have put "Shenandoah" verses to this chorus. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Hugill, p. 178, "Shanadar" (1 text, 1 tune - quoted from Sharp-EFC)
  2. Sharp-EFC, LIII, p. 58, "Shanadar (Second version)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #324
  4. BI, Hugi178


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
Keywords: shanty river derivative
Found in: Britain