Week 272 // River Song 4

by Mount Everest

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Last night, after over five years of weekly songwriting, I finally debuted live on stage as Mount Everest. The irrepressible and inimitable Nat Osborn kindly arranged my gig at Rockwood Music Hall without telling me first, which was just the kind kick in the ass that I needed to get back on stage after a hiatus of far far too many years. The room was kind to me, and I truly felt the groundswell of support from my friends and family in attendance. It felt amazing to be performing on stage again. Despite my initial nerves, there was a feeling of coming home again after a long time in the wilderness. A piece of my heart had been waiting for me on that stage these long years, and I can't help but feel just a little more myself than I did just a day ago.

I decided that it would be in keeping with the spirit of this project to use my concert as an opportunity to introduce this week's new song. Here I have posted two versions of River Song 4. I recorded a version at home on Saturday, just after I wrote it. The next day I debuted it live, and have presented a recording of that performance as well. There are subtle differences, but I like them both and didn't want to choose just one.

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Up on the moon
In the dust and the dirt
Shouting my soul
At the planet earth
Raking these strings
'Til my fingers hurt
But I can't go on without it

Turning my back
To the wind and the rain
And the weather's alright
For a serenade
And walking works out
If you're getting paid
But I'd rather not talk about it

So let's go down
Down to the edge of the water
Down down
And we'll pray to the river bend
Throw stones at the great god
And wander down to the water's edge
So I can get in

Holding my breath
In the middle of the night
Cutting my cross
By the cold moonlight
Wonder ‘bout god
If he's feels alright
Or if he'd rather not talk about it

Counting my change
and I’m coming up short
Stealing my dinner
Ain’t a last resort
And when I'm not a winner
I'm a spoiled sport
And everyone else is cheating

So let's go down
Down to the edge of the water
Down down
And we'll pray to the river bend
Throw stones at the great god
And wander down to the water's edge
So I can get in
I will get in
If I've done one thing right
It was learning how to swim
'Cause I can hold my breath
And keep my penance in

Got a good woman
Yeah she treats me right
Sets the world to color
And she holds me tight
Look when she moves
'Cause she's quite a sight
And I couldn't go on without her

So I go down to the river
at the end of the day
And I ponder the fishes
As they swim away
And I think about my Mrs.
And I'm a-okay
I'd just like to go home and see her

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released February 1, 2016

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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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