The River Driver
Great Big Sea Lyrics


I was just the age of sixteen
When I first went on the drive
After six months hard labor
At home I did arrive
I courted with a pretty girl
T'was her caused me to roam
Now I'm just a river driver
And I'm far away from home

[Chorus]
I'll eat when I am hungry
And I'll drink when I am dry
Get drunk whenever I'm ready
Get sober by and by
And if this river don't drown me
It's down I'll mean to roam
For I'm a river driver
And I'm far away from home

I'll build a lonesome castle
Upon some mountain high
Where she can sit and view me
As I go passing by
Where she can sit and view me
As I go marching on
For I'm a river driver
And I'm far away from home

[Chorus]

When I am old and feeble
And in my sickness lie
Just wrap me up in a blanket
And lay me down to die
Just get a little bluebird
To sing for me alone
For I'm a river driver
And I'm far away from home

[Chorus: x2]

For I'm a river driver
And I'm far away from home

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

G L

I was just the age of sixteen when I first went on the drive,
After six months hard labor, at home I did arrive.
I courted with a pretty girl, t'was her caused me to roam,
Now I'm just a river driver and I'm far away from home.

I'll eat when I am hungry and I'll drink when I am dry,
Get drunk whenever I'm ready, get sober by and by,
And if this river don't drown me, it's down I'll mean to roam,
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.

I'll build a lonesome castle upon some mountain high,
Where she can sit and view me as I go passing by
Where she can sit and view me as I go marching on, 
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.

I'll eat when I am hungry and I'll drink when I am dry,
Get drunk whenever I'm ready, get sober by and by,
And if this river don't drown me, it's down I'll mean to roam,
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.

When I am old and feeble and in my sickness lie,
Just wrap me up in a blanket and lay me down to die
Just get a little bluebird to sing for me alone,
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.

I'll eat when I am hungry and I'll drink when I am dry,
Get drunk whenever I'm ready, get sober by and by,
And if this river don't drown me, it's down I'll mean to roam,
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.

I'll eat when I am hungry and I'll drink when I am dry,
Get drunk whenever I'm ready, get sober by and by,
And if this river don't drown me, it's down I'll mean to roam,
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.
For I'm a river driver and I'm far away from home.



All comments from YouTube:

Bottle Sparks

I'm old, and have been singing the old folk songs since I was little. I am thrilled to see this on youtube. May the old traditions live on.

Taco_Jebus

I think there's more old traditions to throw out than there are to keep. But songs like this that don't hurt anybody? I'll take 10, please.

Kombat Kode

I’m 26, but I always loved old music. My first CD I ever bought with my own money was the mamas and the papas.

papy nounn

J'adore ce morceau, merci beaucoup !
Un grand j'aime !

papy nounn

Pas du tout. Je me sers de G+ haha

abyss knight

tu parles anglais?

Dylan Games

Showed this song to my dad a few years before he passed. It's almost like they just wrote a song about his life. Still makes me tear up to this day.

Yodas Gaming

My parents used to play great big sea for me when I was a kid... the memories I have with this band will never be forgotten I was here 8 years ago and I’ll be here in 8 years to come.

Katharine Drapela

This is my son's lullaby. It's a life saver.

Daniel Born

Yup. Has that heartbeat.

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