That River Is Behind Me

That River Is Behind Me
(© Words and Music by Andy Hill)

Through the circling winds and the dustbowl summers
Her tears for the lost ones your Mother hid somehow
Across broad prairie shoulders God hung an immigrantís burden
But you didnít complain,
You wouldnít know how
Instead you made it through
So this oneís for you
I thank you mother,
That river is behind me now

Police dog howling, the blur of the billy club
Hell, walkiní down the street you could raise eyebrows
And from those broken old shoes came songs on the busses
Along dangerous highways through the sundown towns
Somehow you made it through
So this oneís for you
I thank you brother
That river is behind me now

Heroes flash through your world maybe once in a lifetime
Like a comet dividing the black and the blue
But some people are like that northern star
They shine with every setting sun the whole night through

When I lay me down and the dayís last casualty
Keeps me tortured and turniní and thinkiní Iíll drown
I know when tomorrow arrives clean at midnight
That Iíll wake standing, standing on solid ground
Iíll follow them footprints along the shore
Plant my own where there ainít no more
Because that river,
That bloody river
You crossed that river
And the river is behind me now
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