Ruth Brown

Old Man River

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Old Man River

(Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern)

	  		Intro: C Am7 Dm7 G7 

C                                                                                                                             G7 
Colored folks work on the Mississipi, colored folks work while the white folks play 
 C7                                                       F          C                 Am7      D7    G7   C 
Pullin' those boats from the dawn to sunset, gittin' no rest till the judgement day 
Em            Am6  Em              Am6         Em           Am6        Em            B7 
Don't look up an' don't look down, you don't dast make the white boss frown 
Em          Cdim  Em        Cdim      Em  Em7 F#m7 Cdim               Dm7 C 
Bend yo' knees bow yo' head, an' pull  that  hope         until yo're dead 
C7                                                     A7                                                     Dm 
Let me go'way from the Mississipi, let me go 'way, from the white men boss  
Fdim                                                    C       Bb7                                            G7 C      G7 
Show me that stream called the river Jordan, that's the ol' stream that I long to  cross 
C           Am    C          F             C                F                 C           Am                         
Ol' man river, ol' man river, he must know sumpin' but don't say nothing 
      G7                             Dm7       G7      C       Dm7 C  
He jus' keeps rollin'; He keeps on rollin' along  
                      Am           C               F              C            Am              C           Cdim 
He don't planttaters, he don't plant cotton, an' them dat plants'em is soon forgoten 
G7               Dm7                     G7         C    F C Am B7 
But ol' man river he jus' keeps rollin' along   
Em         B7       Em          B7    Em6        Cdim         Em             B7 
You an' me we sweat an' strain, body all aching' an' racked wid pain 
   Em         Cdim     Em      Cdim  Em             Cdim      Em       Dm G7 
" Tote dat barge". " Lift dat bale ". Git a little drunk an' land in jail 
C          Am            C        F               C          G7            Am            D7 
Ah gits weary an' sick of tryin' a'm tired of living' an' skeered of dying'  
       C            Am       Dm         G7       C     Fm C Dm7 G7 
But Ol' man river, he jus' keep rollin' along 
C           Am    C          F             C                F                 C           Am                         
Ol' man river, ol' man river, he must know sumpin' but don't say nothing 
      G7                             Dm7       G7      C      Dm7 C  
He jus' keeps rollin'; He keeps on rollin' along 
                      Am           C               F              C            Am              C           Cdim 
He don't planttaters, he don't plant cotton, an' them dat plants'em is soon forgoten  
G7               Dm7                     G7         C    F C Am B7 
But ol' man river he jus' keeps rollin' along 
Em         B7       Em          B7    Em6        Cdim         Em             B7 
You an' me we sweat an' strain, body all aching' an' racked wid pain 
   Em         Cdim     Em      Cdim  Em             Cdim      Em       Dm G7 
" Tote dat barge". " Lift dat bale ". Git a little drunk an' land in jail 
C          Am            C        F               C          G7            Am            D7 
Ah gits weary an' sick of tryin' a'm tired of living' an' skeered of dying'  
       C            Am       Dm         G7       C     F G7 C 
But Ol' man river, he jus' keep rollin' along 
		  

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