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Feb. 10, 1958 
Written By Johnny Cash 

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 goona flood you big river

Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die 


I met her accidentally in St Paul ( Minnesota )

and it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, southern drawl.

Then I heard my dream went down was backdown stream cavorting in Davenport


And I followed you, big river when you call


Then you took me to St 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, Big River, more than me.

Written by Johnny Cash


The Omitted Verse To The Song,  Big River

Although only one version of (Big River) has been released from the Sun Masters, Johnny Cash noted on his ABC-TV Show, aired January 6, 1971 that this song actually had another verse but was cut at the session because of it’s length, he did, however, sing the song in its entirety on that program. The omitted verse is !!!!!

" Well now I pulled into Natchez the next day, down the river, and there wasn’t much there to make a rounder stay very long, and when I left it was raining so nobody, saw me cry, Big River , why’s she doing me that way

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Did You Know ?

The Song Big River went to Pos.#4 in Feb.10 1958 on the Billboard country music charts and stayed on the charts of 14 weeks. Johnny Cash recorded it again later on one of his Columbia Albums ( I Walk The Line ) in 1964 


( Notation )There is a recorded
complete version (although not entirely sung by Cash) on the original
Highwaymen album of 1985.  The extra verse was sung by Waylon Jennings.
This Information Is thanks to A Johnny Cash fan  who Emailed me
Thanks To That Unnamed  Fan. 
Steven Menke


Johnny Cash did on occasion, sing this verse during his concerts. Apparently the complete version was never actually recorded or I’m sure Martin Hawkins would have included it in his SB-103. It could have been done at the session on October 11, 1957 and at that time decided to shorten the length before the actual recording session.

Links to wards of Other Songs

Home Of The Blues

Big River

I walk The Line

( Ghost ) Riders In The Sky

Hank And Joe And Me

Forty Shades Of Green

All Over Again

What I Care

The Orange Blossom Special


Revised: September 02, 2007


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