Never End

05:00
Musicians: Moray Crawford: Drums; John Hulaton: Trumpet; Roman Rhodes: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Banjo, Bass, Guitarlele & Vocals
Released 2014
Words & Music © Roman Rhodes, 1996, Rewrite © Roman Rhodes, 2013. Multifollkal Music Inc. SOCAN

Story

This song came as a sudden inspiration when camping on the Kizu river, watching a young couple walking along through the tall golden grasses struggling with all their emotions, the mix of happiness and insecurity, expectation and anxiety palpable from a distance.  While there was some tightening of the verses, it was one of those rare magic songs that came out almost all at once. Simple and clear yet dealing with samsara, the wheel of joy and pain in the natural setting of a river, Heraclitus' symbol of constant change.  

Lyrics

Never End.
© Roman Rhodes, 2013

It’s seems like forever,
Thought I’d never get to feel this way again.
The evening comes,
the river runs; I don’t want this day to ever end.

This morning It’s true
I didn’t even know you. You’re what they call a godsend.
My misery
washed down river from me. I don’t want this day to ever end. 

Chorus: Rolling river rolling on.
           Washing love and life and dreams away from me.
           Or is it that  I’m just holding on
           To the way I think things ought to be?

If we walk real slow
As we go hand in hand to the river’s bend?
Will reality
Stay away from me? I don’t want this day to ever end.                 

I’ve listened to
Your cares and dues. Oh, how my heart did rend.
I’ve eased your pain,
Made you smile again. I don’t want this day to ever end.     

Repeat Chorus + Instrumental

The grasses brush
Your thighs. Your blush with golden rays do blend.
Your smile fades                 
The sun-gilt glades. I don’t want this day to ever end.                 

If sand and rocks
Could only talk, I’m sure their voices they’d lend
To my refrain,
They’d sigh and say, I don’t want this day to ever end.                 

Repeat Chorus

But with the river’s flow,
I’m sure you’ll go back down to the city of men.
And reality
will take you from me; I don’t want this day to ever end.

 

Music

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