Running Bear

Cat. #1193 (MFH #828) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on August 31, 1971

On th banks of th river
Stood Runnin' Bear, young Indian brave
On the other side of the river
Stood his loving Indian maid
Little White Dove was her name
Such a sight to see
But her tribe fought against them
So their love'll never be

Running Bear, Little White Dove, lovely an' fair
Running Bear, Little White Dove,
With a love that couldn't die

He couldn't swim th raving water
For the river was to wide
He couldn't reach Little White Dove
Waiting on the other side
In the moonlight he could see her
Throwin' kisses cross th way
An' her little heart was beating faster
Waiting for her loving brave

Running Bear dove in th water
Little white Dove did th same
They swam out to each other
Thru th swirling steam they came
As their hands touched an' their lips met
Th ragin' river pulled them down
Now they'll always be together
In that happy huntin' ground