Merle Haggard Kern River Lyrics

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I'll never swim Kern River again
It was there that I met her
It was there that I lost my best friend
And now I live in the mountains
I drifted up here with the wind
And I may drown in still water
But I'll never swim Kern River again

I grew up in an oil town
But my gusher never came in
And the river was a boundary
Where my darlin' and I use to swim
One night in the moonlight
The swiftness swept her live away
And now I live on Lake Shasta and
Lake Shasta is where I will stay
There's the South San Joaquin
Where the seeds of the dust bowl are found
And there's a place called Mount Whitney
From where the mighty Kern River comes down
Well, it's not deep nor wide
But it's a mean piece of water my friend
And I may cross on the highway
But I'll never swim Kern River again
I'll never swim Kern River again

It was there I first met her
It was there that I lost my best friend
And now I live in the mountains
I drifted up here with the wind
And I may drown in still water
But I'll never swim Kern River again

I'll never swim Kern River again
It was there I first met her
It was there that I lost my best friend
And now I live in the mountains
I drifted up here with the wind
And I may cross on the highway
But I'll never swim Kern River again
Kern River Track Listing
  • 1 Kern River
  • 2 Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
  • 3 There I've Said It Again
  • 4 You Don't Love Me Anymore
  • 5 Natural High
  • 6 Big Butter and Egg Man
  • 7 Ridin' High
  • 8 There's Somebody Else on Your Mind
  • 9 I Wonder Where I'll Find You Tonight
  • 10 There Won't Be Another Now
  • 11 The Old Watermill


  • Written by: Merle Haggard
    Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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