o gentle river
why are you crying?
your flimsy dress shimmers
like a fish in the moon

poor little river
you've swallowed my brothers
their sorrow will swallow me too

i followed you, my friend
as i followed my own heart
desire was the horse
and madness was the cart

o gentle river
the embrace of your murmur
a song to sing me to sleep

it floats on the breeze
to the ghosts of the others
their gravestones all scattered
like autumn leaves

for they died in the valleys
that all your might gave way
and they died in the deserts
that neighbor your banks
they died in the fruit trees
while picking your goddamned oranges
both sides of this river
we die just the same
o gentle river
why are you crying
your flimsy tears shimmer
like a fish in the moon


from Uncle Stephanie's Murder Ballads *FOR KIDS!, released July 31, 2015
stephanie - piano, vocals
jesse morrow - bass
paul thibodeaux - drums
marais street - birds, cars, wind chimes



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