Left a good job in the city

Working for the man ev'ry night and day

Then I never lost a minute of sleep

When worrying 'bout the way that things might have been

Big wheels keep on turning

Proud Mary keeps on burning

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis

Pumped a lot of 'tane down in New Orleans

But I never saw the good side of the city

'Til I hitched a ride on a river boat queen

Big wheels keep on turning

Proud Mary keeps on burning

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

If you come down to the river

Betcha gonna find the people who live

You don't have to worry though you have no money

People on the river are happy to give

Big wheels keep on turning

Proud Mary keeps on burning

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river


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    General CommentI think it is about people who change their life immediately, because they just fed up with their stressful and slavish lifestyle. It doesn't matter if the "man" is a lover or your boss, you have to leave it if it has bad effect on you.
    They change everything and jump on Proud Mary's boat what is actually burning. Despite that they don't care at that point of their life, because they have to step into some risky situations to get out from this boring and bad period. And since the boat is keep on burning, they really need to be brave and left everything behind from this negative environment.
    The river is their lifeline and on this river they "don't have to worry", because a lots of nicer people waiting for them in the future.
    The song starts slow and then it is getting crazier and more rough. I think, this is the process how we start to hesitate about things and after that we just do it strong and confident. I love this song, it can help a lot in different situations in my life. So what we have to do is to "rolling and rolling" on this river.....
    Tripikeon April 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentSounds like sexual intercourse. But not really.
    beckdaveson December 25, 2015   Link

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