Spanish Is The Loving TongueComposer: Charles Badger Clark / Bill Simon
Single (Watching The River Flow / Spanish Is The Loving Tongue), Bob Dylan, 1971
Dylan, Bob Dylan, 1973
Masterpieces, Bob Dylan, 1978
Traditional American Love Songs, Various Artists (Milt Okun and Ellen Stekert), 1956
Here We Go, Baby, Glenn Yarbrough, 1957
Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 5: Requests, Richard Dyer-Bennet, 1958
Wagons West, Gateway Singers, 1959
Fourteen Folk Songs, Limeliters, 1963
Four Strong Winds, Ian & Sylvia, 1964
Folk Singer!, Paul Clayton, 1965
Come My Way, Marianne Faithfull, 1965
Blowin' in the Wind, The Mitchell Trio, 196?
Cowboy Songs, Bill Simon, 1972
Bread and Roses, Judy Collins, 1976
Cimarron, Emmylou Harris, 1981
Greatest Hits, Ian & Sylvia, 1987
Cowboy Songs, Michael Martin Murphey, 1990
Preserves Uncanned, The Strawbs, 1991
The Dutchman, Liam Clancy, 1993
Songs of the West, Emmylou Harris, 1994
Hello Stranger, Lesley Schatz, 1994
Lonesome Prairie Love, Skip Gorman,1996
Forever: An Anthology, Judy Collins, 1997
Compadres, James Keelaghan & Oscar Lopez, 1997
Just Play One Tune More, Bill Staines, 1998
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, Ed McCurdy, 19??
Vested, Tom May, 2001
The Complete Vanguard Studio Recordings, Ian & Sylvia, 2001
Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom, 1950-1970, Various Artists Glenn Yarbrough, 2001
This song is based on the poem The Border Affair by Charles Badger Clark. The poem was first published in the Pacific Monthly in 1907 and subsequently collected in Sun and Saddle Leather in 1915.
Bill Simon put a melody to the poem, possibly in the 1930's. Subsequently the music was amended to produce the song as we know it today.
The song now appears to be in the public domain and therefore often occurs as 'Traditional' on recordings.
The song sometimes occurs on recordings as Spanish Is A Loving Tongue.