Old Time River Man
By John Hartford © 1989
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|Where's an old-time river man go, after he's passed a-way?
Does his soul still keep watch on the deep, till the end of the river days?
Does he then come back as a channel cat, or the wasps that light on the wheel,
Or the birds that fly through a summer sky, or fish swimming 'neath the keel?
Where's an old-time pilot go, after his final watch?
Where's an old-time engineer go, after he's cooled 'er' down?
Where's an old-time river man go, after he's passed away?
Aboard the U. S. Mississippi River Commission Inspection Boat Mississippi, with Pilot Lawrence H. Sanders at the wheel in 1907, during the voyage of President Teddy Roosevelt from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans.
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