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Ol’ Man River song lyrics [Show Boat]

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Ol’ Man River (1927) lyrics – music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Ol’ Man River is a song from the 1927 musical Show Boat that contrasts the struggles and hardships of African Americans with the endless, uncaring flow of the Mississippi River. It is sung from the point of view of a black stevedore on a showboat and is the most famous song from the show. It’s also featured in Till the Clouds Roll By.

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