ARTIST: Hammerstein and Kern
TITLE: Ol' Man River
Lyrics and Chords


[ Ebdim7 = xx1212 ]

Dere's an ol' man called de Mississippi
Dat's de ol' man dat I'd like to be
What does he care if de world's got troubles
What does he care if de land ain't free

/ C - - F / C - - G7 / C7 - - F6 / C Am D7G7 C / 

Ol' Man River
Dat Ol' Man River
He mus' know sumpin'
But don' say nuthin'
He jes' keeps rollin'
He keeps on rollin' along

/ C Am / C F / / C Am / G7 - / Dm7 G7 C F C - /

He don' plant taters
He don' plant cotton
An' dem dat plants 'em
Is soon forgotten
But Ol' Man River
He jes' keeps rollin' along

/ " / " / " / C Ebdim7 / G7 - / Dm7 G7 C F C B7 /

   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

   / Em B7 Em Ebdim7B7 / Em6 Ebdim7 Em B7 /
      / Em Am6 Em B7 / Em Ebdim7 Em DmG7 / 

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

... / Am D7 / C Am / Dm9 G7 C Dm7 C - /

Colored folks work on de Mississippi
Colored folks work while de white folks play
Pullin' dem boats from de dawn to sunset
Gittin' no rest till de Judgement Day

   Don' look up an' don' look down
   You don' dast make de white boss frown
   Bend your knees an' bow your head
   An' pull dat rope until yo' dead

Let me go 'way from de 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

{Repeat verses 2, 3, 4, 5}

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