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Can't Cross Over

This song is by Miriam Makeba and appears on the album The Many Voices of Miriam Makeba (1962).

The river come down
The river come down
River come down
I can't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

I wanted to go down
To the other side of town
There was water all around
And I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

Well a gal she come by
And I give she the eye
So she started to sigh
And I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

The river come down
The river come down
River come down
And I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

Now bird he can fly
Foggy jump high
Fishes never die
And I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

A well I stole me a kiss
I couldn't resist
Just think what I'd a miss
If I could have crossed over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

The river come down
The river come down
River come down
And I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

I had a curiosity
Now I got a family
Bouncing baby on my knee
'Cause I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

So when you see your neighbor daughter
Better run for the water
You'll do things you hadn't ought to
If you can't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

The river come down
The river come down
River come down
And I couldn't cross over
Why-o, why-o, why-o
I can't cross over

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