River​/​High Girders

by Ed Muirhead

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River 03:30
It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees. They're putting up reindeer, and singing songs of joy and peace. Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on. But it don't snow here, it stays pretty green. I'm going to make a lot of money, then I'm going to quit this crazy scene. Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on. I wish I had a river so long, I would teach my feet to fly. I wish I had a river I could skate away on. I made my baby cry. He tried hard to help me, you know, he put me at ease. And he loved me so naughty, made me weak in the knees. Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on. I'm so hard to handle, I'm selfish and I'm sad. Now I've gone and lost the best baby that I ever had. I wish I had a river I could skate away on. Oh, I wish I had a river so long, I would teach my feet to fly. I wish I had a river I could skate away on. I made my baby say goodbye. It's coming on Christmas . . . © 1970; Joni Mitchell
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Late December, seventy-nine, Dundee train, northbound line. River Tay, a mile from land High girders stand. Storm is fierce, night is wild, Front of the carriage: father and child. Has him close, holds his hand. High girders stand. Lead me, be my guide. Take me o'er to the other side. When it's dark I cannot see, Stay here with me. Since Burntisland all is well. Pace is steady, none can tell In the darkness miles away High girders sway. Train steams on into the night Boy holds to his father tight How much longer none can say: High girders sway. Late December, seventy-nine, Dundee train, northbound line. Storm bears down upon them all High girders fall.

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For Christmas 2019, here's 2 tracks with a River theme:

140 years this month since the Tay Bridge collapse, High Girders tells the story.
And a cover of Joni Mitchell's River with a hint of jingle bells.

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released November 29, 2019

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