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Thread #77997   Message #1397143
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Feb-05 - 05:48 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kern River (Merle Haggard)
Subject: ADDPOP: Kern River
Aw, it was too easy. I should have checked Cowpie first.
-Joe Offer-


Kern River
Merle Haggard

CHORUS:

    D                      A
I'll never swim Kern River again.
A
It was there that I met her.
A                               E      E7
It was there that I lost my best friend.
          D
And now I live in the mountains.
C#m                      D
I drifted up here with the wind.
          A
And I may drown in still water,
         E                      A
But I'll never swim Kern River again.


VERSE
       A
I grew up in an oil town,
       D                A
But my gusher never came in.
          A
And the river was a boundary
A                               E    (E7) E9
Where my darlin' and I used to swim.


A
One night in the moonlight
D                              A
The swiftness swept her life away.
A
And now I live on Lake Shasta and
A    E                      A
Lake Shasta is where I will stay.


CHORUS

A
There's the South San Joaquin,
          D                         A
Where the seeds of the dust bowl are found.
A
And there's a place called Mount Whitney
A                                     E   (E7) E9
From where the mighty Kern River comes down.
          A
Well, it's not deep nor wide,
A          D                      A
But it's a mean piece of water my friend.
A
And I may pass on the highway,
         E                     A
But I'll never swim Kern River again


CHORUS