" I see a river rollin' like a log I wade up Green River, rollin' like a log I wade up Green River, Lord, rollin' like a log Think I heard the Marion whistle blow I dreamed I heard the Marion whistle blow, and it blew just like my baby gettin' on board I'm goin' where the Southern cross the Dog I'm goin' where the Southern cross the Dog I'm goin' where the Southern cross the Dog Some people say the Green River blues ain't bad Some people say the Green River blues ain't bad Then it must-a not been the Green River blues I had It was late one night, everything was still It was late one night, baby, everything was still I could see my baby up on a lonesome hill How long evenin' train been gone? How long, baby, that evenin' train been gone? You know I'm worried now but I won't be worried long I'm goin' away, but may get lonesome here I'm goin' away, baby, you may get lonesome here Yes, I'm goin' away, baby, it may get lonesome here "
" Gonna buy me a hammock, carry it underneath through the tree Gonna buy myself a hammock, carry it underneath through the tree So when the wind blow, the leaves may fall on me Go on, baby, you can have your way Ball on, baby, you can have your way Sister, every dog sure must have his day Got me shackled, I'm wearin' a ball and... They've got me shackled, I'm wearin' my ball and chain An' they got me ready for that Parchman train I went to the depot, I looked up at the board I went to the depot, I looked up at the board If this train has left, well, it's tearin' off up the road Clothes I buy, baby, honey you gonna 'pre, ... You're gonna appreciate, honey, all clothes I'll buy I will give you all my lovin', baby, till the day I die I went way up Red River, crawlin' on the... I went up Red River, crawlin', on a log I think I heard the Bob Lee boat when she moaned "
" When your way gets dark, baby, turn your lights up high (spoken: What's the matter with 'em?) Where can I see my man, Lord, if he come easin' by I take my daily... (spoken: Daily 'fore day prayer!) I take my daily... Trouble at home, baby (spoken: Tryin' to blow me down!) It wouldn't hurt so bad but the news all over this... I love my baby an' I (spoken: Tell the world I do) What made me love her, you will come an' love her, too Hey, someday, baby (spoken: You know, an' it won't be long) You'll call at me, baby, an', an' I'll be gone I'm goin' away, baby (spoken: Don't you wanna go?) I'm goin' away, baby, don't you wanna go? "
" Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now, drove me down the line Backwater done rose at Sumner, drove poor Charley down the line Lord, I'll tell the world the water, done crept through this town Lord, the whole round country, Lord, river has overflowed Lord, the whole round country, man, is overflowed You know I can't stay here, I'll go where it's high, boy I would goto the hilly country, but, they got me barred Now, look-a here now at Leland river was risin' high Look-a here boys around Leland tell me, river was raisin' high Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah I'm gonna move to Greenville fore I leave, goodbye Look-a here the water now, Lordy, Levee broke, rose most everywhere The water at Greenville and Leland, Lord, it done rose everywhere Boy, you can't never stay here I would go down to Rosedale but, they tell me there's water there Now, the water now, mama, done took Charley's town Well, they tell me the water, done took Charley's town Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg, for that high of mine I am goin' up that water, where lands don't never flow Well, I'm goin' over the hill where, water, oh don't ever flow Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall But, that whole county was leavin', over that Tallahatchie shore Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there Lord, the water done rushed all over, down old Jackson road Lord, the water done raised, over the Jackson road Boy, it starched my clothes I'm goin' back to the hilly country, won't be worried no more "