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“Ol' Man River” definition


A song from the musical Show Boat; the river is the Mississippi River. The music to “Ol' Man River” is by Jerome Kern and the words by Oscar Hammerstein II; it was memorably sung by Paul Robeson.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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