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Ol' Man River

Lyrics:Oscar Hammerstein II
Music:Jerome Kern

The song was publishe 1927.

For several reasons, Show Boat, which opened on December 27, 1927,
and ran for over a year and a half to capacity houses,
was a groundbreaking Broadway musical.
In 150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre, author Andrew Lamb says,
“Not the least significant aspect of mid-1920s musicals
such as [Jerome] Kern’s Sunny was the way the score incorporated incidental music, underscoring, melodrama, and reprises that kept the piece flowing
from scene to scene.
This was a particular feature of Kern’s scores,
and it reached its apogee in a collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein
that became one of the great milestones of the American theatre.
Show Boat brilliantly integrated vernacular song and dance,
as well as anticipating film techniques in its use of
underscoring of dialogue.”

Show Boat

Here we all work 'long the Mississippi
Here we all work while the white folk play
Pullin' them boats from the dawn till sunset
Gettin' no rest till the judgment day

Don't look up and don't look down
You don't das make the boss man frown
Bend your knees and bow your head
And pull that rope until your dead

Let me go 'way from the Mississippi
Let me go 'way from the white man boss
Show me that stream called the River Jordan
That's the old stream that I long to cross.

Ol' Man River, that Ol' Man River
He don't say nothin', but he must know somethin'
He just keeps rollin', he keeps on rollin' along

He don't plant tatters, and he don't plant cotton
And them what plants em, are soon forgotten
But Ol' Man River, just keeps rollin' along

You and me, we sweat and strain
Body all achin' and racked with pain
Tote that barge and lift that bail
You get a little drunk and you lands in jail

I gets weary, and sick of trying
I'm tired of livin', but I'm scared of dyin'
But Ol' Man River, he just keeps rolin' along

Paul Robeson(Ol' Man River)
Paul Robeson

Frank Sinatr(Ol' Man River)
Frank Sinatra

Ray Charles(Ol' Man River)
Ray Charles

Judy Garland(Ol' Man River)
Judy Garland

Aretha Franklin(Ol' Man River)
Aretha Franklin

Paul Robeson

Frank Sinatra

Ray Charles

Judy Garland

Aretha Franklin

Samuel Ramey

Sammy Davis Jr

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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