by J.R. Robertson. Album: The Last Waltz
A different version of the lyrics appeared as part of a song titled "The Last Waltz", performed at the original Band's final concert in 1976.
E (Intro) A She stands on the banks of the mighty Mississippi E Alone in the pale moonlight Waiting for a man, a riverboat gambler A Said that he'd return tonight They used to waltz on the banks of the mighty Mississippi E Loving the whole night through 'Til the riverboat gambler went off to make a killing A And bring it on back to you. D A Evangeline, Evangeline E A Curses the soul of the Mississippi queen E A That pulled her man away. Bayou Sam, from the South Lousianne Had gambling in his veins Evangeline, from the Maritimes(*) Was slowly going insane. High on the top of Hickory Hill She stands in the lightning and thunder Down on the river the boat was a-sinking She watched that queen go under
(*) The Maritimes are the Canadian provinces on the east coast of Canada. They consist of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island , Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.