“The New River Shore (The Green Brier Shore; The Red River Shore)”


The singer is forced to leave his sweetheart (possibly due to manipulation by her parents). She begs that he return. When he does, he is ambushed by a band of men hired by her father. He wins the battle and goes on to claim the girl


The title implies a relationship to "The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore," but the plot is noticeably different. One rather suspects that the latter piece is a fragment rebuilt almost from scratch (and then, perhaps, further modified by the Carter Family). - RBW

Cross references


  • Bud Billings' Trio w. Carson Robison, "On the Red River Shore" (Montgomery Ward M-4101, 1933)
  • Patt Patterson & Lois Dexter, "On the Red River Shore" (Perfect 12650, 1930; Conqueror 7711, 1931; on MakeMe)
  • Art Thieme, "The Red River Shore" (on Thieme04)


  1. Laws M26, "The New River Shore (The Green Brier Shore; The Red River Shore)"
  2. Mackenzie 48, "The New River Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BrownII 85, "New River Shore" (1 text)
  4. SharpAp 142, "The Green Brier Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Lomax-FSNA 206, "The Red River Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Lomax-ABFS, p. 412, "Red River Shore" (1 text)
  7. Fife-Cowboy/West 57, "Red River Shore" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  8. DT 329, GRNBRIER*
  9. Roud #549
  10. BI, LM26


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: separation love fight
Found in: US(Ap,NE,SE) Canada(Mar)