Kern River Lyrics With Guitar Chords

Kern River is one of the most popular songs of the time. Kern River lyrics written by M Haggard. This song has sung by Merle Haggard.

Singer Merle Haggard
Released 1985
Album Kern River
Tuning Intermediate

Kern River Lyrics

I’ll never swim kern river again
It was there that i met her it was there i lost my best friend
And now i live in the mountains i drifted up here with the wind
And i may drown in still water
But i’ll never swim kern river again
I grew up in an oil town but my gusher never came in
And the river was a boundry where my darling and i used to swim
One night in the moonlight the swiftness swept her life away
And now i live on lake shasta
And lake shasta is where i will stay

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South san joaquin where the seeds of the dustbowl are found
And there’s a place called mount whitney
From where the mighty kern river comes down
Well it’s not deep nor wide
But it’s a mean piece of water my friend
And i may cross on the highway
But i’ll never swim kern river again.



I’ll never swim Kern River again.

It was there that I met her.

It was there that I lost my best friend.

And now I live in the mountains.

I drifted up here with the wind.

And I may drown in still water,

But I’ll never swim Kern River again.


I grew up in an oil town,

But my gusher never came in.

And the river was a boundary

Where my darlin’ and I used to swim.

One night in the moonlight

The swiftness swept here life away.

And now I live on Lake Shasta and

Lake Shasta is where I will stay.


There’s the South San Joaquin,

Where the seeds of the dust bowl are found.

And there’s a place called Mount Whitney

From where the mighty Kern River comes down.

Well, it’s not deep nor wide,

But it’s a mean piece of water my friend.

And I may cross on the highway,

But I’ll never swim Kern River again