"By This River" as written by Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius and Hans Joachim Roedelius....
Here we are
Stuck by this river
You and I
Underneath a sky that's ever falling down, down, down
Ever falling down

Through the day
As if on an ocean
Waiting here
Always failing to remember why we came, came, came
I wonder why we came

You talk to me
As if from a distance
And I reply
With impressions chosen from another time, time, time
From another time


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"By This River" as written by Dieter Moebius Brian Eno

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song's great...
    It's really moving and beautiful
    Nowhere_Girlon August 15, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love to listen to this and some other light, ambient Eno tracks while I'm falling asleep. It actually seems to bring about more interesting and memorable dreams
    DreamDecayon July 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA really beautiful, touching song. It was in the film "La stanza del figlio" ("the son's room"), and complemented the poignant story perfectly.
    venus in mohairon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI cried so much over this song. I discovered it in Nanni Moretti's movie and, as venus in mohair said, it complemented the story.
    Martha_headon April 17, 2008   Link
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    TranslationLast stanza, translating from Arabic back into English:

    "You are talking about distances as if it were to reply to the first impressions of time chosen another time again."

    Talk about surreal!
    ApesMaon March 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love the way Eno entwines space, time and movement to form such surreal abstraction.

    'Stuck', 'ever falling', 'through the day', 'waiting here', 'from a distance', 'from another time' and links it with water and air: 'this river', 'the sky' 'an ocean'.

    And all of this provides a formless context for reflecting on ourselves 'failing to remember', 'wonder why we came', 'you talk to me', 'with impressions chosen' Fabulous.

    Eno ponders apparently purposeless existence with such concise skill.
    Ozquonkon May 25, 2009   Link
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    Translationمن هنا نحن واقفين أنا وأنت هذا النهر القبة
    السماوية التحت من الوقوع في هذا التراجع
    خفضا تدريجيا مطلقا سقوطها


    ومن خلال هذا اليوم وكأنها تنتظر في محيط هنا
    نتذكر دائما بعدم وصل دخل وكيف أصبحنا ولست
    أدري لماذا جئنا


    أنت تتحدث إلي وكأنها من مسافات الرد على الانطباعات الأولى اختارا وقتا من الزمن زمن آخر مرة أخرى
    ApesMaon March 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was also in the movie 'y tu mama también'.
    mopsklopson May 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment......
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    Very telling of 21st century life.
    TheThornBirdson March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStuck by this river from another time
    Fatcinoon September 28, 2014   Link

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