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Ol' man river


by Paul Robeson. Buy album CD: Ol Man River (1926-1938)


Ol' man river,
Dat ol' man river
He mus'know sumpin'
But don't say nuthin',
He jes'keeps rollin'
He keeps on rollin' along.

He don' plant taters/tators,
He don't plant cotton,
An' dem dat plants'em
is soon forgotten,
But ol'man river,
He jes keeps rollin'along.

You an'me, we sweat an' strain,
Body all achin' an' racket wid pain,
Tote dat barge!
Lif' dat bale!
Git a little drunk
An' you land in jail.

Ah gits weary
An' sick of tryin'
Ah'm tired of livin'
An' skeered of dyin',
But ol' man river,
He jes'keeps rolling' along.

[Colored folks work on de Mississippi,
Colored folks work while de white folks play,
Pullin' dose boats from de dawn to sunset,
Gittin' no rest till de judgement day.
or musical part]

Don't look up
An' don't look down,
You don' dast make
De white boss frown.
Bend your knees
An'bow your head,
An' pull date rope
Until you' dead.)

Let me go 'way from the Mississippi,
Let me go 'way from de white man boss;
Show me dat stream called de river Jordan,
Dat's de ol' stream dat I long to cross.

O' man river,
Dat ol' man river,
He mus'know sumpin'
But don't say nuthin'
He jes' keeps rollin'
He keeps on rollin' along.

Long ol' river forever keeps rollin' on...

He don' plant tater,
He don' plant cotton,
An' dem dat plants 'em
Is soon forgotten,
but ol' man river,
He jes' keeps rollin' along.

Long ol' river keeps hearing dat song.
You an' me, we sweat an' strain,
Body all achin an' racked wid pain.
Tote dat barge!
Lif' dat bale!
Git a little drunk
An' you land in jail.

Ah, gits weary
An' sick of tryin'
Ah'm tired of livin'
An' skeered of dyin',
But ol' man river,
He jes'keeps rollin' along!



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Album: Ol Man River (1926-1938) (1993) Lyrics
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  1. A woman is a sometime thing
  2. Absent
  3. Canoe song (from 'sanders of the river')
  4. Deep river
  5. I don't know what's wrong
  6. It ain't necessarily so
  7. Just a wearyin' for you
  8. Just keepin' on
  9. Lazin'
  10. Lazybones
  11. Mammy's little kinky-headed boy
  12. Mighty lak' a rose
  13. My way
  14. Ol' man river
  15. On mah journey
  16. Roll away clouds
  17. Roll up sailorman
  18. Sea fever
  19. Sleepy river
  20. Song of the volga boatmen
  21. Swing low, sweet chariot
  22. That's why darkies were born
  23. You didn't ought to do such things

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