Ol’ Man River


Ol’ Man River, sung by William Warfield, American bass
This is it. The definitive version. Better than Paul Robeson’s

Ol’ Man River, sung by Jerome Hines, American bass

Ol’ Man River, sung by Jerome Hines, American bass

Ol’ Man River
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
From the Broadway musical “Showboat”
1927

There’s an old man / called the Mis-sis-sip-pi /
That’s the old man / that I want to be /
What does he care / if the world’s got trou-bles? /
What does he care / if the land ain’t free? /

Old man ri-ver / that old man ri-ver /
He must know some-thing / but don’t say no-thing /
He just keeps roll-ing / he keeps on roll-ing a-long /

He don’t plant ta-ters / he don’t plant cot-ton /
And them that plants them / is soon for-gotten /
But old man ri-ver / he just keeps roll-ing a-long /

You and me / we sweat and strain /
body all ach-ing / and wracked with pain /
Tote that barge! / Lift that bale! /
Get a lit-tle drunk / and you land in jai-ail /

I gets wea-ry / and sick of try-ing /
I’m tired of liv-ing / and scared of dy-ing /
But old man ri-ver / he just keeps roll-ing a-a-a-long!

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