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Ol Man River Jesse Russell

Ol Man River

Jesse Russell

Published January 12th 2012
ISBN : 9785512492246
Paperback
86 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Ol Man River (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) is a song in the 1927musical Show Boat that expresses the African American hardship and struggles of the time with the endless,MoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Ol Man River (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) is a song in the 1927musical Show Boat that expresses the African American hardship and struggles of the time with the endless, uncaring flow of the Mississippi River- it is sung from the point-of-view of a dock worker on a showboat, and is the most famous song from the show. Meant to be performed in a slow tempo, it is sung completely once by the black dock worker Joe who travels with the boat, and, in the stage version, is heard four more times in brief reprises. Joe serves as a sort of musical one-man Greek chorus, and the song, when reprised, comments on the action, as if saying, This has happened, but the river keeps rolling on anyway.