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 gonna 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 was back Downstream cavortin' in Davenport,
And I followed you, Big River, when you called.

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 you, Big River, more than me.

Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry, cry, cry
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River.
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die.


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Big River Lyrics as written by Johnny R. Cash

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    Very simple...It's just a simple song about a woman. Johnny wasn't one for hidden meanings...He was a straight shooter.

    jetseton August 02, 2006   Link
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    Well, it's obviously about a woman, but it's like he's talking it out with the river, which she followed to get wherever (Davenport, St. Louis, Baton Rouge,etc.). And then it seemed like she cared more about the places she went (pretty much where the river took her) than she did about him, hence, "She loves you, Big River, more than me." But it said in Walk The Line (the movie), towards the end of the movie that their farm did get flooded, but this song doesn't really seem to be about that.

    decomposingb4youon December 28, 2006   Link
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    aren't all the places in this song on the missippi river i could be wrong but it sounds right

    Ether42on June 07, 2007   Link
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    Great song. I heard it was about a flood that covered the farm where he grew up.

    zmilla111on February 07, 2006   Link
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    Have you listened to the lyrics? It is clearly about a female.

    luapmiton March 13, 2006   Link
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    "Have you listened to the lyrics? It is clearly about a female."

    Oh really? It's about Heroin, idiot.

    notmj20on May 26, 2006   Link
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    [quote]Oh really? It's about Heroin, idiot. [/quote]

    where do you see heroin references?

    callaway4986on June 27, 2006   Link
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    jetset is right its not about heroin just a woman he met

    Event_Horizonon October 10, 2006   Link
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    jetset is right its not about heroin just a woman he met

    Event_Horizonon October 10, 2006   Link
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    Yeah, 'decomposingb4u', you're right. The song Cash wrote about his memories of his farm becoming flooded by a river, I think in Kingsland, Arkansas, was Five Feet High and Rising.

    ljwright88on June 03, 2007   Link

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