Living on the River
by Jerry Rasmussen
Our friend Jerry has lived in the Northeast since the 1960s, but many of his songs, like this one, refer to his boyhood home of Janesville, Wis., where the Rock River flows on its way to the Mississippi at Rock Island, Ill. Capt. Gabe Chengery, on the Delta Queen, took a particular liking to this song, and it's his assured request every time he sees us. In fact, it was he who suggested it as a title cut.
Down around the bend by the railroad bridge;|
Wadin' through the shallows where the crayfish live;
And over by the cotton mill the catfish bite.
They'll be swimming in the skillet before tonight.
And living on the river was nice and easy.
Off down the hill on a winter's night
Up in the morning at four o'clock.
Down by the marsh where the blackbirds sing,