The girls of Little River they're sweet and they're pretty
The Sabine and the Saber have many a beauty
The banks of Nacogdoches have girls by the score
But down by the Brazos I'll wander no more
Another wonderful Western painting by Robert McGinnis. Horses and wagons crossing rivers are seminal images in movie Westerns — for Ford and Boetticher they had a spiritual quality. They would create little poems out of them, little arias, stopping the narrative to show the process in detail.
Here's Don Edwards singing the cowboy song quoted above — a Homeric catalogue of Western river names, laced with rue over a lost love:
Down By the Brazos
[Right grateful to Golden Age Comic Book Stories for the image.]