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  • (Words and music by Crofford)
  • How old was I when I first seen old Rivers?
  • I can't remember when he weren't around
  • Well, that old fellow did a heap of work
  • Spent his whole life walking plowed ground.
  • He had a one-room shack not far from us
  • And well, we was about as poor as him
  • He had one old mule he called Midnight
  • And I'd trailed along after them.
  • He used to plow them rows straight and deep
  • And I'd come along near behind
  • A-bustin' up clods with my own bare feet
  • Old Rivers was a friend of mine.
  • That sun'd get high and that mule would work
  • Till old Rivers'd say, ''Whoa! ''
  • He'd wipe his brow, lean back on the reins
  • And talk about a place he was gonna go.
  • Chorus:
  • He'd say, one of these days
  • I'm gonna climb that mountain
  • Walk up there amoung the clouds
  • Where the cotton's high
  • And the corn's a-growin'
  • And there ain't no fields to plow.
  • --- Instrumental ---
  • I got a letter today from the folks back home and
  • They're all fine and crops is dry
  • Down at the end my mama said, ''Son
  • You know old Rivers died. ''
  • Just sittin' here now on this new-plowed earth
  • Trying to find me a little shade
  • With the sun beating down 'cross the field I see
  • That mule, old Rivers and me.
  • Chorus:
  • Now, one of these days
  • I'm gonna climb that mountain
  • Walk up there amoung the clouds
  • Where the cotton's high
  • And the corn's a-growin'
  • And there ain't no fields to plow.
  • With the sun beating down 'cross the field I see
  • That mule, old Rivers and me...

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