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Ol' Man River


Here we all were (Colored folks work) on the Mississippi,
Here we all were (Colored folks work) while the white folks play,
Pullin' those boats from the dawn to sunset,
Gittin' no rest till the judgement day.

Don't look up an' don't look down,
You don' that make the white boss frown.
Bend your knees an'bow your head,
An' pull that rope until you're 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 ol' stream that I long to cross.

Ol' Man River,
That ol' Man River,
He mus'know sumthin'
But he don't say nuthin'
He jes' keeps rollin'
He keeps on rollin' along.

He don' plant 'taters,
He don't plant cotton,
An' them that 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 with pain,
Tote that barge! Lif' that bale!
Git a little drunk an' you land in jail.

Ah, I gits weary
An' so sick of tryin'
Ah'm tired of livin'
an' ah'm feared of dyin',
But ol' man river,
He jes'keeps rollin' along!
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