JOHNNY CASH


Big River Lyrics

Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry,
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River.
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die.

I met her accidentally in St. Paul (Minnesota).
And it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, Southern drawl.
Then I heard my dream was back Downstream cavortin' in Davenport,
And I followed you, Big River, when you called.

Then you took me to St. Louis later on (down the river).
A freighter said she's been here but she's gone, boy, she's gone.
I found her trail in Memphis, but she just walked up the bluff.
She raised a few eyebrows and then she went on down alone.

Now, won't you bat it down by Baton Rouge, River Queen, roll it on.
Take that woman on down to New Orleans, New Orleans.
Go on, I've had enough; dump my blues down in the gulf.
She loves you, Big River, more than me.

Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry, cry, cry
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River.
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die.

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Songwriter(s): John R Cash
Record Label(s): Originally Released 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 Sun Entertainment Corp , Originally Released 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 19
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Meaning to "Big River" song lyrics (2 meanings)
old sailor: 11/30/11,14:16
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batten is an old sea expression meaning to tighten down anything that might come loose in a storm and is therefore appropriate for this song
Dusty D. 10/29/11,00:20
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I believe it's paddle, not batter or batten. Make more sense when it's a river boat, don't you think?
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