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Rio Grande  Dave Alvin

[C]  I guess she put her blue dress on, and [Am]walked out late last night
[C]  Left one silk stocking, dangling [Am]from the bedside light
[Dm]  I sobered up and called her name,[F] just before the dawn
[Dm]  I saw her footprints in the sand, and [F]knew that she had gone
  Down the Rio [C]Grande[Dm]    [F]

I pulled out of Albuquerque, prayin’ I wasn’t late
I got a couple cups of coffee, at some joint off the interstate
Passin’ through Las Cruces, I swear I saw her car
She always said she’d go someday, but never said how far
Down the Rio Grande

[Dm]  Maybe she’s in [G]Brownsville, she’s [C]got some family [Am]there
[Dm]  She was always [G]talkin’ ‘bout, the [C]salty Gulf Coast [Am]air
  Where the river ends,[Dm]     [F]down the Rio [C]Grande  [Dm]     [F]

I saw an old grey heron, flyin’ south against the wind
Storm clouds over Juarez, rollin’ east to the Big Bend
I drove down Highway Ninety, through a dusty desert wind
I didn’t know where it would lead me, or if I’d find her again
Down the Rio Grande

I lit my last cigarette, as the sky began to clear
Black mountains up ahead, a red sundown in my mirror
Lost all the border, ‘tween the future and the past
One fading slowly, and the other comin’ fast
Down the Rio Grande

Repeat Chorus

I bought a bottle in Del Rio, and I parked on the side of the road
I stayed up all night, starin’ at the lights of Mexico
And I walked down to border bridge, at the break of day
And I threw that empty bottle off, and I watched it float away
Down the Rio Grande

Repeat Chorus…Where the river ends


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