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Kern River  Merle Haggard


Merle Haggard
I'll [D]never swim Kern River a[A]gain.
[A]It was there that I met her.
[A]It was there that I lost my best [E]friend.[E7]
And now I [D]live in the mountains.
I [C#m]drifted up here with the [D]wind.
And I may [A]drown in still water,
But I'll [E]never swim Kern River a[A]gain.
I grew [A]up in an oil town,
But my [D]gusher never came [A]in.
And the riv[A]er was a boundary
[A]Where my darlin' and I used to [E]swim.[(E7)] [E9]
[A]One night in the moonlight
[D]The swiftness swept here life a[A]way.
[A]And now I live on Lake Shasta and
[A]Lake [E]Shasta is where I will [A]stay.
[A]There's the South San Joaquin,
Where the [D]seeds of the dust bowl are [A]found.
[A]And there's a place called Mount Whitney
[A] [E] [(E7)] [E9] 
Well, it's [A]not deep nor wide,
[A]But it's a [D]mean piece of water my [A]friend.
[A]And I may cross on the highway,
But I'll [E]never swim Kern River [A]again
| Tom Lindsey "When you come to a fork in the road, |
| San Francisco, CA - Yogi Berra

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