Kern River Song Lyrics and Chords by Merle Haggard
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Written and Recorded by Merle Haggard
[F]I’ll never swim Kern River [C]again
It was there that I met her
It was there that I lost my best [G7]friend
And now I [F]live in the mountains
I [Em]drifted up here with the [F]wind
And I may [C]drown in still water
But I’ll [G7]never swim Kern River a[C]gain
I grew up in an oil town
But my [F]gusher never came [C]in
And the river was a boundary
Where my darling and I used to [G7]swim
[C]One night in the moonlight
[F]The swiftness swept here life a[C]way
And now I live on Lake Shasta and
Lake [G7]Shasta is where I will [C]stay
There’s the South San Joaquin
Where the [F]seeds of the dust bowl are [C]found
And there’s a place called Mount Whitney
From where the mighty Kern River comes [G7]down
Well it’s [C]not deep nor wide
But it’s a [F]mean piece of water my [C]friend
And I may cross on the highway
But I’ll [G7]never swim Kern River [C]again
Who sang the the song Kern River?
– The song Kern River was sang by Merle Haggard.
Who is Merle Haggard?
– Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler.
Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, he managed to turn his life around and launch a successful country music career. He gained popularity with his songs about the working class that occasionally contained themes contrary to anti-Vietnam War sentiment of some popular music of the time. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number-one hits on the US country charts, several of which also made the Billboard all-genre singles chart. Haggard continued to release successful albums into the 2000s.
He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006), and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977), Country Music Hall of Fame (1994) and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997). He died on April 6, 2016â€”his 79th birthdayâ€”at his ranch in Shasta County, California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia.