"The River" as written by Will Brooks, Skalla and Carlos Dorticos....
You know a dream is like a river
Ever changin' as it flows
And a dreamer's just a vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores
And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
It has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance that tide
And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll tke soome falls
With the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all
And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Lord, I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Yeah


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    General CommentThis was my favorite song for the majority of my childhood. Even though I listen to rock and punk more now, I guess I'll always be a country girl at heart. The message in this song is that you should follow your dreams, even though there's a chance of being hurt. So don't stand on the shoreline... take a chance in the river and see where you get, basically.
    SweetestSirenon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me sad.

    I think it's been played at almost every funeral Ive ever been to. =[
    MusicxJunkieon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really motivational in my opinion. It's saying that you should never give up on life, and just keep trying even if you feel like there isn't a point anymore.
    fourpawson July 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song!!
    *peace*
    BigEyedPhish103on May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI used the first stanza as the opening quote to my graduate school application--I think that is what got me in ;) I went to college Pre Med and that was my dream, 4 years later it had changed...and I had to follow where it went... now I teach and don't know if I could ever be happier with a job!
    ELS24on July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a pretty song.. i love it
    MissBehavin1279on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy aunt is friends with this woman who's sister-in-law actually wrote this song and has performed as back ground vocals for it with Garth Brooks!
    dreamer_gurlon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song helps me keep my course.
    whenever i begin to give up on something i care alot about, if i listen to this song, i get back on track.
    myotismonon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites. I've known the lyrics since i was a todler and still love them! of corse now that im older i under stand the meaning better! this is just a great song and is great to listen to when you just need a little courage guidence or a little modivation. This song is really about anything you want it to be about. Its the kind of song everyone can relate to.
    gone countryon January 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song was in a store in indiana. i stopped 4 just a second 2 listen, then i ran 2 the bathroom and pretty much sobbed. i never really knew why it got 2 me, it just did. "Dont u sit up on the shoreline and say your satisfied" this set of lyrics finally got me 2 realize y i cried that day. dont ever just sit, do nothing, never take chances, because ull never really be happy. You will never
    chillyfrog2011on April 07, 2011   Link

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