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 Saint Paul, Minnesota
and it tore me up every time I heard her drawl : southern drawl
then I heard my dream was back downstream cavorting in Davenport
and I followed you big river when you called

then you took me to Saint 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
she 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
                                                        johnny cash