Running Bear

Album: Running Bear (1959)
Charted: 1 1
  • 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 Writer/s: J. P. RICHARDSON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, CARLIN AMERICA INC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Janice L from NcNaomi from Fargo,Nd Bobby Bare recorded It I think. Maybe it was him?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 18th 1960, "Running Bear" by Johnny Preston peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks); it had entered the chart on October 6th, 1959 and spent over a half-year on the Top 100 (27 weeks)...
    He had one other record, "Cradle of Love", to make the Top 10, it reached #7 (for 1 week) on May 2nd, 1960...
    The three weeks "Running Bear" was at #1 the three different records at #2 were not really 'bridesmaids', for each one also peaked at #1 ("El Paso" by Marty Robbins, "Why" by Frankie Avalon, and "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning)...
    Sonny James covered "Running Bear" in 1969; it stayed on the Top 100 for two weeks, peaking at position #94...
    R.I.P. Mr. Preston, born John Preston Courville, (1939 - 2011) and Mr. James, born James Hugh Loden, will celebrate his 85th birthday this coming May 1st (2014).
  • Naomi from Fargo, NdI heard a version of this song Running Bear. But it did not have the chanting in the back ground and the song might have been mistitled.
    I'm looking for a specific version of this classic J.P. Richardson song, NOT by Johnny Preston. Nor Sonny James, George Jones, Don Fardon or The Guess Who...

    This version has no chanting, and is done in a classic country style, with a serene mood and vocal.

    Anyone know of any other artists who have recorded this song?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFor some unknown reason; our local AM rock station in Utica, NY {WTLB} played a version by somebody named Smiley Wilson instead of Johnny Preston's. Also the theme of the song is very similar to Western movie star Rex Allen's 'Don't Go Near The Indains' record, it peaked at No. 17 in 1962...
  • Marissa from Akron, OhI thought Running Bear was the most famous Native American streaker. Get it? (Feel free to groan.)
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Camy mother's and my stepdad's love theme for each other..he was running bear,and she was "little white dove"..go figure! lol
  • Andy from Halesowen, West Midlands, United KingdomHow times change. Imagine someone writing this now, they would get instantly accused of being racist and "non-PC".
  • J from Toronto, CanadaNot only did George Jones once cover this tune, he actually sang back up on the original recording!
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