I left a good job in the cityA workin' for the man every night and dayAnd I never lost one minute of sleepWhile worryin' bout the way things might have been
Big wheels keep on turnin' Proud Mary keeps on burnin'I said rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river
I cleaned a lot of plates in MemphisCopped a lot of cane down in New OrleansBut I never saw the good side of the cityTill I hitched a ride on this river boat queen
Big wheels keep on turnin'...
[ guitar ]Well if you come down to the riverWell I bet you gonna find some people who liveYou don't have to worry if you have no moneyPeople on the river are happy to give
I said the big wheels keep on turnin'...
[ guitar ]I said rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river