by Bob Dyer
Long before the musical "Big River," Bob decided we all needed a song about this quintessential riverman and American free spirit. Bob's first verse actually describes part of Thomas Hart Benton's marvelous Missouri mural at the State Capitol, and much of the rest of the verses come from Bob's favorite chapter of the book, Chapter XIX. Our rendition evokes that chapter.
There's a moon on the Mississippi River tonight,|
A side-wheel steamboat making up time.
There's a raft drifting by with a bunch of drunk men,
And I'm catfishing with my old friend, Jim.
The call me Huckleberry Finn, Finn, Huckleberry Finn,
Finn, Huckleberry Finn.
Well, I lived for a while up in Hannibal town,
Well, we run by nights, and we laid up days.
Life slides by when you're living on a raft.
I never much cared for the civilized life.
Steamboat chimbley's a'spewin' out sparks,