Oh Shenandoah (also known as "Shenandoah") is a traditional American folk song. The song was thought to have originated with Voyageurs (French fur trappers) in the US and Canada who travelled on the Missouri River in the early 19th century. The Voyageurs had a long tradition of singing while paddling canoes on their long expeditions. There are several sets of lyrics associated with this song, as is often the case with traditional folk songs that are taught and learned by ear over many generations. Shenandoah is one of the best-known and most often-recorded of all American folk songs.