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The Far Side of the River

by Old Lost John

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1.
Ankle deep in mud Gotta lose this load Gotta lose this load Do you remember this road? Hey what did you find there, dog? Something out there in the bog Something out there in the bog Is it a man or just a log? Something moving among the pines I hear the warnings I see the signs I hear the warnings I see the signs We must have strayed behind enemy lines Ankle deep in mud Gotta lose this load We gotta lose this load Hey dog, do you remember this road? © 2022 Tomas Thunberg
2.
The windows are greasy Can't see the swans on the lake The windows are greasy Can't see the swans on the lake I like to see them sail around While I enjoy my coffee break All in shades of grey Making me confused All in shades of grey Making me confused Gotta clear up the chaos And look for some better news Windows are shiny I see two swans in the sunset glow The windows are shiny now I see two swans in the sunset glow I like my coffee black And my swans as white as snow
3.
No Business 02:56
Hand on your hip A foot in the door You try to play it cool But you ain't got no business here no more Clickety-clack As you walk across the floor Do you think I'm a fool You ain't got no business here no more And I ain't buying what you got to sell I won't listen when you ring your bell You're just hunting for bargains again It's a bad deal now, was a bad deal then So you run your story And you seem so sure But you broke the golden rule And you ain't got no business here no more
4.
Cooling Fan 03:32
There's a little shack down in Louisian' Four thin walls and a cooling fan Cooling fan, cooling fan Down in Louisian' Copperhead Jill, oh Copperhead Jill She's a slender girl but her bite can kill Her bite can kill, bite can kill Oh Copperhead Jill Old Nate he said "Oh how I hate her I should've thrown her to the 'gator To the 'gator, the alligator Oh how I hate her" I said "Oh Nate, you better cool down Better hold your tongue if God's around If God's around, if God's around You better cool down" There's a little shack down in Louisian' Four thin walls and a cooling fan Cooling fan, cooling fan Down in Louisian'
5.
My heart got sold down the river Yeah my heart got sold down the river Black skin woman she made me shiver I should have known she was a voodoo queen I should have known she was some kind of voodoo queen From the snake skin oil and the smell of kerosene She read my future and it didn't look good She read my future and it didn't look good A man was killed in the neighbourhood Horrible things she made me do Yeah horrible things she made me do Now my soul is hollow through and through 'Cause my heart got sold down the river Yeah my heart got sold down the river That black skin woman she made me shiver © 2022 Tomas Thunberg
6.
Bow and arrow ready to go Ready to go Ready to go Bow and arrow ready to go In the sunset glow Feather in a straw hat just like that Just like that Just like that Feather in a straw hat just like that Ah that's where it's at Sweet ripe apple on top of your head On top of your head On top of your head Sweet ripe apple on top of your head Steady now or you'll be dead Bow and arrow ready to go Ready to go Ready to go Bow and arrow ready to go In the sunset glow
7.
Come and dance tonight at the Hexagon House No need to dress up or sharpen your brows Come as you are Everybody's a star Tonight at the Hexagon House Come and dance tonight at the Hexagon House I'll be the cat if you'll be the mouse Let's play around I will hunt you down Tonight at the Hexagon House Come and dance tonight at the Hexagon House The moon is up and we're all aroused The bar is high And nobody's dry Tonight at the Hexagon House
8.
Black Limo 02:41
A long black limousine And somerone's at the door Says "You may not remember me But we've met before" "You better give up your possessions You won't need them anyway In the place where you're going You can't tell the night from day" Told me to sign a paper As he put a pencil in my hand But I ain't gonna sign my soul away Not to the devil nor to another man So I took my rifle and shot him Straight between the eyes But he just laughed and said "We got one just about your size"
9.
Death Bells 03:22
Death bells tolling inside of me Death bells tolling inside of me Death bells tolling three times three A train of fools steaming down the track A train of fools steaming down the track Smoke gets thick and the sky turns black Gonna get the dog and gather those sheep Gonna get the dog and gather those sheep Never rest easy, never settle too deep Death bells tolling inside my head Death bells tolling inside my head But I can't recall what the old man said
10.
These old frayed letters The notebook on the sill One last look Then set off for the hills The memories of old I try to hold on to Some are made of gold Some just make me blue I guess Jesus wasn't looking Down on me that day The sky went all black And the pines began to sway Here the angels come To tidy up the room They whisper to each other They know I'll be out soon She's appearing through the haze Like an old familiar song Remember her like yesterday Though I may remember wrong Oh the valleys and the rivers They're calling to me still Tomorrow I'll be with you When I set off for the hills

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released May 27, 2022

All songs written and performed by Tomas Thunberg on vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, melodeon and pump organ.

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