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Lost Alamos: Music

River Song

(Lost Alamos)
© Brian Daniell 2010 ASCAP


A song about the Great River, I thought. Nothing new here, just my take on one of the seminal themes of the American experience. Then Scott Bennett told me what it was really about, as he has done with so many other things lately.

Way down here on the banks

Folks are humble, they give thanks

For every season the great river does live

 

But when the storm blows ashore

And the rain creeps 'neath their door

Some will cry out how much more

How much more can we abide?

 

And the river does wander, the river does turn

High water come and what did we learn?

River take me down, river tell you when

River gonna carry us . . .  right until the end

 

Give a child a quiet bed

Remember everything they said

In the old times when all the stories were true

 

Out by the wrecks they see the lights

When the levee trembles in the night

Then tell the tale of how they sailed

All their souls laughin' on the wind

 

Way down here on the banks

Folks are humble, they give thanks

For every season, every season

The great river does live