Week 228 // Swimmers

by Mount Everest

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This week's song could easily have been named as one of Mount Everest's several River Songs. I think it would have been River Song 4 if I had decided to go that way, but instead I decided to focus on who was in the river, allowing swimming to become the titular metaphor. Certainly, the river has a metaphor to play in this song; it describes time, and destination, and the ease or difficulty of that passage. But here I'll shift attention back to the swimmers who navigate those waters. Any former summer camp waterfront co-director (such as yours truly) will tell you unequivocally that swimming is an activity in which it is vital to observe the buddy system. Not only is swimming safer if you've got somebody with you --somebody who can look out for you as you look out for them-- swimming is more enjoyable if you've got somebody to swim with. All the marvelous and otherworldly properties of the water are enhanced if you've got somebody to share them with. This song is an ode to that simple notion.

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Like swimming down river
Don't need to swim at all
Much sooner getting to
That place worth dreaming down the river

And it's a grand sliver
The sun that's setting on
The bank we left behind
And wet our feet to swim together

Wide and wide
We scale the other side
Lengthen shadows
Ever goes the time

And you're a fine swimmer
I think you've seen it all
At least you've seen enough
To spot the ripples in the water

It's been a long winter
After a lonely fall
And praised these waters be
They'll fast convey us to our summer

Wide and wide
We scale the other side
Lengthen shadows
Ever goes the time

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released March 30, 2015

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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