A grief came riding on the wind
Up the southern river Thames
I was sitting on the bank with my mouth open
And I felt it entering

I began thinking about our wedding day
And how love was a vow
And I was thinking about the chamber door
Only we can enter now

I began thinking about our ancient friends
And of kissing them goodbye
And then the wind blew under Battersea Bridge
And a tear broke from my eye

I started thinking about London
And nothing good ever came from this town
And if the Thames weren’t so filthy
I would jump into the river and drown

Don’t be afraid
Come on down
I’m just sitting here thinking loud

A grief came riding on the wind
Up the river where the bridges crouch
Blowing people back and forth
From the marital bed to the psychiatric couch

Blowing people far apart
Blowing others so they collide
Blowing some poor bastard right out of the water
Blowing another one over the side

Hear the ancient iron-bridge
And listen to it groan
With the weight of a thousand people
Leaving or returning home

To their failures
To their boredoms
To their husbands and their wives
Who are carving them up for dinner
Before they even arrive

Don’t be afraid
Come on down
I’m just sitting here thinking loud

Now look there just below the water
See the savior of the human race
With the fishes and the frogs
Has found his final resting place

Don’t be afraid
Come on down
I’m just sitting here thinking aloud



Lyrics submitted by hellas, edited by Mansoo

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    General CommentOn the line
    "Up the southern river Thames"

    Instead of "southern", I've read "solemn" and "sun on". I always thought it was "solemn", but I may be wrong.

    Anyway, beautiful song.
    king-inkon June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLast summer a friend of mine asked me which songs shock me. Some days later I listened to this carefully and started crying. I knew I had the answer to his question....
    hellason July 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes, it blows me to...
    I like the part "And if the Thames weren’t so filthy
    I would jump into the river and drown"...
    you can feel his misery and sadnes and dissapointment... but we all feel it, and we question our relationships, and it doesen't mean you've stopped loving him/her - that's why he says "Don’t be afraid
    Come on down
    I’m just sitting here thinking loud" - and that's the reason I love this song.
    ericahon May 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Southern"? "Solemn"? I always hear "sullen" & that seems to fit. Love the way this song starts calm & melancholy & builds to a climax that's quite demented.
    morbid moragon July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song gets me after the second chorus, and Nick plays those sad notes (opens the song with them, too). A very sad song, from a very sad album.
    Stray Caton September 18, 2008   Link

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