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Running Bear
Johnny Preston Lyrics


On the banks of the river stood runnin' bear, young Indian brave
On the other side of the river stood his lovely Indian maid
Little white dove was-a her name, such a lovely sight to see
But their tribes fought with each other so their love could never be

Runnin' bear loved little white dove with a love big as the sky
Runnin' bear loved little white dove with a love that couldn't die

He couldn't swim the raging river 'cause the river was too wide
He couldn't reach little white dove, waiting on the other side
In the moonlight he could see her blowing kisses 'cross the waves
Her little heart was beating faster, waiting there for her brave

Runnin' bear loved little white dove with a love big as the sky
Runnin' bear loved little white dove with a love that couldn't die

Runnin' bear dove in the water, little white dove did the same
And they swam out to each other through the swirling stream they came
As their hands touched and their lips met, the ragin' river pulled them down
Now they'll always be together in that happy hunting ground

Runnin' bear loved little white dove with a love big as the sky
Runnin' bear loved little white dove with a love that couldn't die

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: J. P. RICHARDSON

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Carolyn Clayton

One of my all time favorites. I remember listening to this with my family while growing  up. I ended up marrying a Native American (who is, sadly, no longer in this world.) I shared this song with our daughter, who asked if that was what our love life was like. (so sweet from a child to ask this.) Our courtship was different, though, with me a Roman Catholic and He a descendent from the Blackfoot Tribes. Our families didn't argue or disprove of the relationship--they could see we were (and are) truly I love. My husband asked me to find another husband, when he knew he was going to leave our physical world, so that I would have someone to care for me always. I never re-married, but I know that DANIEL WALKS TALL is always with me.

D Doeser

Geweldig mooie herrinneringen aan de MUZIEK Onvergetelijk R.I.P ❤🇳🇱 ONVERGETELIJK🙏( JAAR 2O22)

Len Hjelmeland

@giantbully1 I have attended literally hundreds of them over the years. Always a source of peace, fun, and very spiritual im nature. Totally enjoy every chance I get to attend them.

Len Hjelmeland

This song also brings back many precious and happy memories. I was fortunate to meet, fall for, and spend the best and happiest 27 years of my life with the sweetest, kindest, and most beautiful woman I ever did see. Her grandmother was a full blood Cherokee woman from Eastern USA who immigrated to Canada in the late 20's with her Scottish husband to avoid persecution due to interracial marriage. Her mother was full blood Stoney woman from southern Alberta. I was from musical background and playing with a group when we met. I sang this song for her in public and private many times. Even though my skin may be white, my heart and spirit will always be red, thanks to her. I was her Running Bear, and she was my little White Dove. Like your partner, mine has also gone ahead of me to the happy hunting/camping grounds and I am sure, along with my best friends Buddy (gold lab) and Pardner (Arabian gelding), that she has a good spot saved. I miss them all dearly and look forward to meeting again when the time is right. Like you, I have chosen to not even consider marriage or even a relationship again. Once you've had the best, it's hard to consider the rest. A'HO

giantbully1

i was stationed in med hat in the 80s and had a relationship with a squaw from the blackfoot her granma was the medicine mans daughter or something like that and we went on a couple of powwows nothing like id seen befor

brian sonnier

Carolyn, your story made cry and reminds of the kind of marriage i have dreamed of since i was a kid.

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Captain Kawaii

My dad asked me to play this today in the car and he just lit up, it's nice to see him so happy for once.

D Doeser

Nostalgische gevoelens Prachtig herrinneringen aan de MUZIEK ❤🇳🇱🙏

John Johnson

Raised with a broad amount of music, this song makes me especially thankful for what my grandpa showed me

Dennis Lawless

@Sandra Barger Great Memories

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