Running Bear is a song written by J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) sung most famously by Johnny Preston in 1959. Preston first sang the song in 1959 with background vocals by Richardson and George Jones, and it was #1 on January 23, January 30 and February 6, 1960.
Running Bear tells the story of Running Bear, a "young Indian brave", and Little White Dove, an "Indian maid", who fall in love with each other on first sight. The two are separated by two factors:
Their tribes' hatred of each other.("Their tribes fought with each other / So their love could never be.")
A raging river, which also serves as a metaphor for their other separation.
The two, desiring to be together despite their obstacles and the risks for navigating the river, dive into the raging river to unite. After sharing a passionate kiss, they are pulled down by the swift current and drown. The lyrics tell the rest: "Now they'll always be together / In their happy hunting ground."