All my life I’ve wondered if what I’ve done was wrong
All I ever cared to do is ride my pony on
I never had no heartaches, was always happy and gay
Until I met a Texas girl who stole my heart away.
Where the sleepy Rio Grande goes slowly to the sea
It was there she promised to be mine throughout eternity
But the angels they grew jelous of her beauty and her smile
And came along one stormy night and stole away my bride
The birds have hushed their singing, sadness is over the land
Little birds miss my darlin’ by the sleepy Rio Grande.
Her lips were like the russian wine, her hair it hung in curls
Her cheeks were like the dawn of day that breaks upon the world
She’s gone and left me lonely, I miss the touch of her hand
Tonight while I am walking by the sleepy Rio Grande.