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Thread #77997 Message #1397136
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Feb-05 - 05:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kern River (Merle Haggard)
Subject: Lyr Req: Don't Go Swimming in Kern River
In the Haunted Falls/Haunted Wood thread, Michael Morris used the phrase, "Don't go swimming in the Kern River." Seems to me there's a song about that, with that either as the title or as a pertinent phrase. I searched Mudcat and Google, but couldn't find it. Anybody know of the song and its lyrics, or am I all wet?
I think maybe it was written by Jim Ringer or Buck Owens or Marle Haggard, but that's a wild guess.
The Kern River is a wild and beautiful river that runs from Lake Isabella in the southern Sierra Nevada, through a narrow canyon to the southern part of the Central Valley of California. It's a slow, meandering stream by the time it hits Bakersfield, and then I don't know where it goes.
As you drive up the highway into Kern river Canyon, there's a huge sign that warns you how many people have died in that river. It's beautiful, but deadly. And if the water doesn't get you, the rattlesnakes may.
So, anybody know the song?