Riverbed

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You spend your days out on the river, your nights up on the shelf
The beer is for your breakfast, I guess the whiskey's for your health
It's been this way for so long that I'm beginning to fear the worst
That there's water everywhere, but you'll never quench your thirst

That bar is like the back of your hand, it's knotted and twisted grain
Your name is carved into its chair and your life's pissed down its drain
Eyes that once beheld the sight now peer at you sideways
As if they've never watched a man so slowly waste away

Take me to the river that rolls
And wash my soul
Take me to the river that rolls
And let me go
So everybody knows

Your name was spoken every day as if a sacred word
I never listened to my mamma say don't believe everything you've heard
I'm only left fish bones to boil and cigarette smoke lingering
I try to keep that home fire burning but I need more wood for kindling

Take me to the river that rolls
And wash my soul
Take me to the river that rolls
And let me go
So everybody knows

Fingers round the bottle neck, they saw you floating past
I always thought a drowning man would cling to a blade of glass
Sleeping in your riverbed, where I laid you down so slow
The current carried you away, you were washed from head to toe

Take me to the river that rolls
And wash my soul
Take me to the river that rolls
And let me go
So everybody knows

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from Side B, released November 1, 2017
Written by Ben Prest and Alexi Grivas

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Echo Deer Sydney, Australia

Echo Deer sing songs about love, drinking, death and desire. Formed in Sydney in 2014, they have spent the last few years building a following with their rambunctious live shows. With influences including Old Crow Medicine Show, Fleet Foxes and JJ Cale, Echo Deer play folk, country and blues with sweet vocal harmonies. They are regular fixtures on Sydney’s Americana scene and folk festival circuit ... more

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