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Ol' Man River

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Ol' Man River

CD: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr.
Composer: Alder/Ross
Date: Unknown

Here we all work
Along the Mississippi
Here we all work
While the big boss plays
Pullin' them ropes from the dawn to sunset.
And gettin' no rest
Until the judgment day

You don't look up 
And you don't look down.
You don't dares to make
The big boss frown.
When you bend your knees
And you bow your head.
And you pull them ropes
Until your dead.

There's an old man called the Mississippi.
That's the old man
That's I long to be.
What does he care,
If his folks ain't happy.
And what does he care,
If the land ain't free.

Old man river.
That old man river.
He don't say nothing,
But he must no something'.
He just keeps rolling'
He keeps on rolling' along.

He don't plant tatter's
And he don't plant cotton.
And them 
That plants them
Is soon forgotten.
And old man river.
He just keeps rolling along

Why, you and me.
We sweat we strain.
Bodies all aching and wrapped with pain.
You tote that barge,
You lift that barrel.
And if you get a little drunk.
Then you'll land in jail
Well, I gets weary.
And I'm sick, 
I'm sick of trying'.

I'm tired 
I'm tired of livin.
But I'm scared of dying.
And old man river.
He just keeps rolling along.

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