May 10th, 2013

Porch Practice #2: The River

By Lyndsy Rae

Our new song, “The River.” On baritone ukuelele and horse jaw (quijada). It’s about the music of the Mississippi.

The River

The sarabande of the willows at the edge
Like bird wit calls us to the riverbed.
Long ago, between these reeds,
A cornet played itself so sweet.
Why does this same river now flow like lead

Sometimes I feel very scared.
Sometimes I feel very scared.
O, winds tempt the stillness to reverse its course,
But forward lies the secret chord
Calling your name. Listen if you dare

What language did the serpent speak:
Questions, answers, or the noise of beasts?
Did he ever worry that everything’s been said?

The river might be itself alive.
The river might be itself alive.
O, the song of the prophets, so heavy,
A drag beyond the levy.
Ferrying us past still waters if we dare.
Calling your name. Listen if you dare

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