This River

03:55
Becky Reyes
1998-07-00
Becky Reyes

Story

I wrote this in '92 or '93 when I was playing at Common Grounds Coffee House in Bath, NY. My friend Todd Stratton and I were playing a lot. It was originally a bluegrass song. When I came to southeastern Arizona, it came to represent the San Pedro River. Actually, it represents all of the rivers here. When they're dry, they are bone dry, but when the monsoons come, the swell, roil, burst and they are amazing. My friends, John Messenger on lead guitar, Lance Grey on upright bass, Bill Morrison (RIP good friend, I miss you) and I may have done two takes on this one. My brother Joe lugged his equipment up a steep set of steps in Bisbee and we recorded this in my living room.

Lyrics

This River Here is a river Runs by my life The current is strong here It's mouth, it is wide This river, she bubbles This river, she cries This river she rages This river runs dry Many have stopped here To camp by my fire We'll sing to each other or We'll talk 'til we're tired I had a garden Tilled with my blood The river, she took it During the flood I took my lover Rowing one night The full moon, she floated and She sailed outa-sight

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