Runnin' 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

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Written by: J. P. RICHARDSON

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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



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tatt lover

My dads sitting right next to me in the nursing home singing this as it’s playing. Great memories of me growing up hearing dad sing it. Now he’s 84 and singing it best he can xx

D Doeser

Fijne Avond ❤🇳🇱👋👍🙏🌹

Mach1 Mach1

This was also my dads song unfortunately he passed two years ago and today would have been his birthday so I thought I’d give it another listen for old times sake,I can still hear him singing it like he’s still here,god bless to your dad x

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.

Taylee Silk

That was the song I played for my dad at his funeral it was our song so beautiful

littledikkins2

@Sandra Barger I was 10 when this was on the radio.

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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Robert Silvestri

"Running Bear" is a song written by Jiles Perry Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) and sung most famously by Johnny Preston in 1959. The 1959 recording featured background vocals by Richardson, George Jones, and the session's producer Bill Hall, who provided the "Indian chanting" of "uga-uga" during the three verses, as well as the "Indian war cries" at the start and end of the record. It was No. 1 for three weeks in January 1960 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song also reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and New Zealand in 1960. Coincidentally, "Running Bear" was immediately preceded in the Hot 100 No. 1 position by Marty Robbins' "El Paso", another song in which the protagonist dies. Billboard ranked "Running Bear" as the No. 4 song of 1960. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_Bear

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