The Beautiful South - The River Lyrics

The Beautiful South Painting It Red cover art
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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
CD 1
  • 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
    CD 2
  • 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


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Dave Rotheray, Paul Heaton
    album: Track in album Painting It Red
    release date: 2000-10-9
    popularity : 90 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock/Indie Rock
    composer: Dave Rotheray, Paul Heaton
    lyricist: Paul Heaton
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 731454826624
    script: Latin