Left a good job in the city,
Workin' for the man ev’ry night and day,
And I never lost one minute of sleepin'
Worryin' 'bout the things that might have been.
Big wheels keep on turnin', Proud Mary keep on burnin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis,
Pumped a lot of pain in New Orleans,
But I never saw the good side of the city,
Till I hitched a ride on a Riverboat Queen
Big wheels keep on turnin', Proud Mary keep on burnin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

If you come down to the river,
Bet you gonna find some people who live,
You don’t have to worry cause you have no money,
People on the river are happy to give
Big wheels keep on turnin', Proud Mary keep on burnin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.