Catfish John ( Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)

First played

February 18, 2001

Last played

February 17, 2018

Times played

50

Lyrics/Notes

Mama said, “Don’t go near that river,
Don’t be hanging around old Catfish John.”
Come in the morning I’d always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.

Take me back to another morning, to a time so long ago,
When the sweet magnolia blossomed, cotton fields as white as snow.

Catfish John was a river hobo who lived and died by the river’s bed,
Looking back I still remember I was proud to be his friend.

Mama said, “Don’t go near that river,
Don’t be hanging around old Catfish John.”
Come in the morning I’d always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.

Born a slave in the town of Vicksburg, traded for a chestnut mare,
Lord her never spoke in anger though his load was hard to bear.

Mama said, “Don’t go near that river,
Come in the morning I’d always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.

Shows played

2005-02-13 Mystic Theater
2005-04-06 Bishop's Pub
2005-07-08 Martyrs'
2005-07-30 Floyd Fest @ Floyd Fest
2005-10-15 Neighborhood Theatre
2009-02-26 Music Farm
2009-05-01 The Fillmore
2009-11-19 Fox Theatre
2012-09-22 Ziggy's
2017-03-24 Pabst Theater
2017-04-01 Hogs for the Cause
2017-08-19 The Pageant