Songbook version
Way down upon that old Mississippi River,
Not that far away
That's where I hope to live forever,
That's where I'm going to stay.
I've traveled 'cross the whole creation
Ten years and more
Right here I found my satisfaction
Down by the river shore.
All of the world, it is so sad and weary,
Everywhere I roam.
Oh mama, how I missed the prairie,
And my Minnesota home.
I walked along the Danube
Watched the tide come in on the Thames
Floated on the Hudson, the Columbia
Had a picnic by the Seine
All the world it is a world of rivers
Flowing to the sea
And here on the banks of the Mississippi
Is the place for me.