Who Sang Big River? Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

Release information
Release Date: 1961-5
length: 2:11
producer: Owen Bradley
banjo: Curtis McPeake
double bass: Tony Ellis
fiddle: Dale Potter
guitar: Carl Butler
lead vocals: Bill Monroe
mandolin: Bill Monroe
Lyrics
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,
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.

Tracklist
Vinyl 1
  • 1 Linda Lou
  • 2 Little Joe
  • 3 Seven Year Blues
  • 4 You Live in a World All Your Own
  • 5 Time Changes Everything
  • 6 Blue Grass, Part One
  • 7 Big River
  • 8 Flowers of Love
  • 9 It's Mighty Dark to Travel
  • 10 Sold Down the River
  • 11 Put My Rubber Doll Away
  • 12 Lonesome Road Blues

  • Release information
    label: Decca Records
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin