Sock it to me Floatin' down the river With a saturated liver And I wish I could forgive her But I do believe she meant it When she told me to forget it And I bet she will regret it When they find me in the morning wet and drowned And the word gets 'round. Goin' down. Goin' down.
Comin' up for air It's pretty stuffy under there I'd like to say I didn't care But I forgot to leave a note And it's so hard to stay afloat I'm soakin' wet without a boat And I knew I should have taken off my shoes It's front page news. Goin' down. Goin' down.
I wish I had another drink It wouldn't be so hard to sink I should have taken time to think Besides I got the picture straight She must have had another date I didn't need this extra weight I wish that I could see the way to shore I don't want no more. Goin' down, I'm goin' down.
And now I see the life I led I slept it all away in bed I should have learned how to swim instead And now it's really got me stumped I can't believe I really jumped I'd like to get my tummy pumped I can't believe they drink this stuff in town This dirty brown. Goin' down. Goin' down.
I wished I'd looked before I leaped I didn't know it was so deep Been down so far I don't get wet Haven't touched the bottom yet This river scene is gettin' old I'm hungry, sleepy, wet and cold She told me to forget it nice I should have taken her advice I only want to go on home I'd gladly leave that girl alone What a way to spend the night If I don't drown, I'll die of fright My pappy taught me how to float But I can't swim a single note He threw me in to teach me how I stayed there floatin' like a mama cow And now I've floated way downstream I know this has to be a dream If I could find my way to shore I'd never, never do this anymore I'll give you three, I've been down nine I'm goin' down just one more time. Goin' down. Goin' down.
Now the sky is gettin' light An everything will be all right Think I finally got the knack Just floatin' here lazy on my back I never really liked that town I think I'll ride the river down Just movin' slow and floatin' free There's a river swinging under me. Waving back to the folks on shore I should have thought of this before I'm floatin' down to New Orleans Goin' to pick up on some swingin' scenes I know I'll know a better day I'll go down groovin' all the way. Goin' down. Goin' down.