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 block
Raised a few eyebrows and then she went on down alone

Now, won't you batter 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

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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

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

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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