Ol’ Man River

Writer(s): Oscar Hammerstein / Jerome Kern

Here we all work ‘long the Mississippi, here we all work while the white folk play
Pullin’ them boats from the dawn till sunset, gettin’ no rest till the judgment day
Don’t look up and don’t look down, you don’t das make the boss man frown
Bend your knees and bow your head, and pull that rope until your dead
Let me go ‘way from the Mississippi, let me go ‘way from the white man boss
Show me that stream called the River Jordan, that’s the old stream that I long to cross.

Ol’ Man River, that Ol’ Man River,
He don’t say nothin’, but he must know somethin’
He just keeps rollin’, he keeps on rollin’ along
He don’t plant tatters, and he don’t plant cotton
And them what plants ‘em, are soon forgotten
But Ol’ Man River just keeps rollin’ along
You and me, we sweat and strain, body all achin’ and racked with pain
Tote that barge and lift that bail, you get a little drunk and you lands in jail
I gets weary, and sick of trying, I’m tired of livin’, but I’m scared of dyin’
But Ol’ Man River, he just keeps rollin’ along

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