[Chorus] I'll never swim Kern River again, It was there that I met him, There that I lost my best friend. Now I live in the mountains I drifted up here with the wind. And I may drown in still water, But I'll never swim Kern River again.
He grew up in an oil town But that gusher never came in. And the river was a boundary Where my darling and I used to swim. One night in the moonlight, The swiftness swept his life away. Now I live on Lake Shasta, And Lake Shasta is where I will stay.
There's the South San Joaquin Where the seeds of the dust bowl are found. And theres a place called Mt. Whitney From where the mighty Kern River comes down. Now it's not deep nor wide, But it's a mean piece of water my friend. And I may cross on the highway, But I'll never swim Kern River again.
No, I'll never swim Kern River again.
Writer/s: MERLE HAGGARD
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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