The River Lyrics

The Beautiful South


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Paul Heaton, Dave Rotheray
album: Track 1 in album Painting It Red
release date: 2000-10-9
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length: 5:23
engineer: John Brough
mix: John Brough, Jon Kelly, Paul Heaton
producer: Paul Heaton, Jon Kelly
composer: Dave Rotheray, Paul Heaton
lyricist: Paul Heaton

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Love takes time we all agree
and time's not the easiest to cheat
The water changes one degree
When will the shiver
of this river
turn to sea

The river does no good, no harm
Tempts us like pirates to its calm
Lover's shanty, devil's psalm
Goddamn this river
and its shiver
and its charm

If you've got love's A to Z
Don't go dredging river bed
Use your fins and use your head
This river's hooked the floating dead

Our lives go bounding down the strewn
When will we realize minnow dreams
The frustration eating you and me
Our only wish
to be the fish
that meets the sea

We cannot tell a he or she
But us fish can tell a we
We know the seed we know the tree
When will my conker
conquer thee

The cheaper woman and myself
We've both got ladders in our tights
When you've been left on the top shelf
You've got those ladders in your sights

Track Listing

  • 1 Who's Gonna Tell?
  • 2 Closer Than Most
  • 3 Just Checkin'
  • 4 Hit Parade
  • 5 Masculine Eclipse
  • 6 'til You Can't Tuck It In
  • 7 If We Crawl
  • 8 Tupperware Queen
  • 9 Half-Hearted Get (Is Second Best)
  • 10 White Teeth
  • 1 The River
  • 2 Baby Please Go
  • 3 You Can Call Me Leisure
  • 4 Final Spark
  • 5 10,000 Feet
  • 6 Hot on the Heels of Heartbreak
  • 7 The Mediterranean
  • 8 A Little Piece of Advice
  • 9 Property Quiz
  • 10 Chicken Wings