His lips don't move but, still he speaks,
His dark green eyes, stare at me,
His tells me of his papa working on the railway,
Blowing his harmonica, in the morning,
I'm Checking in, I'm checking out,
Feeling low, I'm feeling out,
Deeper fish,
Deeper lungs,
Deeper words for the deeper tongues,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you,

I'm burning the river, yeah,
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river,
Oh the river,
Oh the river yeah

So I go home,
A girl lies in my bed,
I hold her hipbone and pull her closer,
I put her cold hands between my thighs,
Stare out the window, into a darkening sky

I'm Checking in, I'm checking out,
Feeling low, I'm feeling out,
Deeper fish,
Deeper lungs,
Deeper words for the deeper tongues,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you,

I'm burning the river, yeah,
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river,
Oh the river,
Oh the river yeah

She's left only her body for me,
I lie here feeling her hair, waiting for sleep,
In the early, early hours of night, of night,
In the early, early hours of night, of night

I'm Checking in, I'm checking out,
Feeling low, I'm feeling out,
Deeper fish,
Deeper lungs,
Deeper words for the deeper tongues,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you,

I'm burning the river, yeah,
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river,
yeah
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river


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    General CommentThis is a sweet song...Pete repete is the man.
    shaynew216on March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a sweet song...Pete repete is the man.
    shaynew216on March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou said it shayne.
    NateKalbachon April 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, its my favorite dispatch/francis song.

    The question is...is the girl laying in his bed dead?

    My girlfriend is convinced she is, I'm not sure.
    sakeboxon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAt first I thought no way but then I listened to it again and it almost made sense. But would Pete Francis make a song about lying in bed with a corpse? I don't know. Maybe their love is dead and that's why he says that "She left only her body for me" in the way that she's still there physically but emotionally she doesn't care anymore.

    Like all Dispatch songs the lyrics are so darn ambigous it's hard to find out what they were actually thinking when they wrote it.
    NateKalbachon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think its kind of a parting song. Sort of like, let me hold you now because very soon I wont be able to anymore. And she does it for whatever reason.

    Pete rocks in concert. I saw him on Thursday in NYC. He's a nice guy too.
    Majik_Trippon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentShe's left only her body for me,
    I lie here feeling her hair, waiting for sleep,

    I always took that as she fell asleep first... I never thought she was dead...
    esue516on December 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits a song about someone you love who you've lost an emotional connection with, and just feeling empty about just having emotionless sex, trying to sleep at night with a person you have lost feelings for.
    Sublimedude1992on June 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMight be crazy but I've wondered if by "Burning the River" he means he's totally cutting himself off from something/someone. Instead of just "burning bridges" he's burning the whole 'river' and starting fresh
    LiamSullivanon February 12, 2015   Link

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