River and Drown

from Drop the Bone by David Gans

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Cruisin’ down the boulevard of smoke and dreams
Tryin’ not to worry ’bout what it means
It’s not as trivial as it might seem
C’mon down to the river and drown

Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown

Jonathan’s home life wasn’t too nice
Trapped in a prison of unsound advice
He heard the river callin’ and he didn’t think twice

Mary and Elizabeth pitchin’ a tent
A day at the river is a day well spent
They need a miracle to pay their rent
Goin’ down to the river and drown

Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown

Long tall Sally strummin’ her guitar
She’s got a new tattoo of a moon and a star
Week after next she’s got a gig in a bar

Julie took a wrong turn right out of school
Seventeen years in the bed of a fool
Now she’s at the river and everything’s cool

Benny’s makin’ big bucks riding the boom
Pushin’ them dot-coms from dawn til doom
Tonight he’ll dance by the light of the shroom
Goin’ down to the river and drown

Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown

Louie takes a bong hit and lets it fly
Ravin’ like The Raven that the end is nigh
He’s been on this rant since Pigpen died
Goin’ down to the river and drown

Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown

A day at the river is a dream well dreamed
It can do wonders for your self-esteem
You don’t need a coupon to get redeemed

I could go on talkin’ but I’m starting to bore
Next time I see you I will tell you some more
Just remember what a metaphor is for
When you go down to the river and drown

Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown

credits

from Drop the Bone, released November 29, 2017
DG - guitar, vocals
Jordan Feinstein - keyboards
Jeff Hobbs - violin, saxophone
Robin Sylvester - bass
John Hanes - drums

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