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Kern River lyrics and chords

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Kern River lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's a very good country song written and recorded by Merle Haggard.

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Kern River
Written and recorded by Merle Haggard

F C
I'll never swim Kern River again

It was there that I met her
G7
It was there that I lost my best friend
F
And now I live in the mountains
Em F
I drifted up here with the wind
C
And I may drown in still water
G7 C
But I'll never swim Kern River again


I grew up in an oil town
F C
But my gusher never came in

And the river was a boundary
G7
Where my darling and I used to swim

C
One night in the moonlight
F C
The swiftness swept here life away

And now I live on Lake Shasta and
G7 C
Lake Shasta is where I will stay


There's the South San Joaquin
F C
Where the seeds of the dust bowl are found

And there's a place called Mount Whitney
G7
From where the mighty Kern River comes down

C
Well it's not deep nor wide
F C
But it's a mean piece of water my friend

And I may cross on the highway
G7 C
But I'll never swim Kern River again

Repeat #1

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