Swim Across The River

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lyrics

they say the sun is hot, and the river is cold
but I don't believe that much of what I'm told

they say most of what you hear isn't really true
so I don't know if this will mean that much to you

I wrote it in a letter when I was 20 years old
said, "I don't give a shit about all this fool's gold"

folded it up, sent it to my father
and he said, "Son,

never swim across the river
to get a drink of water"

they say it's not what you say, it's what you do
so what does that say about the people saying that to you?

it's been a long, long time since I became confused
and all those nights I pretended to have the blues

didn't make me feel much better

and I still swim across the river
to get a drink of water

this is a missing poster for all the time I've lost
pinned half-assed to the tar on a telephone post

now it's acid to acid and dust to dust
better bring in the harvest before the frost
you'd think I'd learn by now what it can cost

well I might learn later
or maybe never

not to swim across the river
to get a drink of water

credits

from Move The Mess Around, released August 23, 2016
written by JF Garton (SOCAN)
performed by Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
recorded at Stone Canyon Studios, Vancouver BC, 2015
engineered and mixed by Steven Drake

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