Well I taught that weeping willow how to cry cry cry,
Taught the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
Tears I cried for that woman are gonna flood you big river,
And Im a gonna sit right here until I die.
8 November 1999
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- Charlie Sexton (guitar)
- Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
- Tony Garnier (bass)
- David Kemper (drums & percussion)
I met her accidentally in st. paul, minnesota,
She tore me up everything I heard her drawl, that southern drawl.
Well I heard my dream went back downstream, cavortin in davenport,
And I follow you big river when you called.
Well I followed her down to st. louie, later on down the river,
Trader said shes been here, but shes gone, boy, shes gone.
Well I followed her down to memphis, but she just walked off the bus,
She raised a few eyebrows and she went on down alone.
Well Ive gotten on down to baton rouge, river queen roll on,
Take that woman down to new orleans, new orleans.
I give up, Ive had enough, followed my blues on down to the gulf,
She loves you big river more than me.
Johnny Cash – Live from Austin TX – 1987:
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Egil: Thanks for this wonderful post. I grew up in Hannibal MO, on the banks of “Big Muddy” and lived a block and a half from Mark Twain’s boyhood home. I spent a lot of time on the river and Like Bobby I grew up listening to blue grass , blues and ’bout everything in between. I love this song for it shows how skillful Bobby is in different genre’s, and his “Michael Jackson” boot shuffle is outrageous. Johnny Cash does a great job but I feel more of a kinship to Bobby’s version of his own song.
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