• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Great Mississippi

View of the Mississippi River near St. Paul, MN.

LYRICS
Born everyday at Itasca
Over Saint Anthony Falls
She rolls through the heart of this country
She rolls through the hearts of us all

Chorus
She's the Great Mississippi
She's a winding road
Every turn, every bend
Will bring you back again
For a story told

She is a wide-shouldered river
Taking the Rockies high mountain snow
And the soft spring rains of Virginia
Along with her as she goes

Rolling over Saint Peter Sandstone
Twisting down Glenwood Shale
Bearing down on Platteville Limestone
For 12,000 years she's been there

She's the "Rio Escondido"
The "Sassagoula", the "Mee-zee-see-bee"
She has a river of names from her people
Twenty-four-hundred miles to the sea

"Great Mississippi" Words, Music, Arrangement, by Charlie Maguire
1998-National Park Service

Did You Know?

Lock and Dam Number 1 from a long distance.

At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.