"River" as written by and Harry Woods Mort Dixon....
While Hollywood sleeps,
A young man is dying
On the concrete of a sidewalk downtown.
As his brother weeps,
The sirens come calling
And the medics feed him lines on the ground.

Run, river, run

The director speaks,
The cameras are rolling.
A boy steps between the backdrop and the lights.
And he's stealing the scene,
With the crew as his witness.
The whole industry will judge him come academy night

Now the tabloids will say what they want to,
And the cameras will re-enact his fall.
His legacy speaks, but no one can hear it,
Cause his death has made critics of us all.
His legacy speaks

In the canister rooms,
In the archives of great studio halls.
And there it will keep like a secret that's whispered between lovers
And those who never knew him at all.

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"River" as written by Ellis Paul


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    General CommentI've always understood that this is a song written for River Phoenix.

    It's really a heartbreaking ballad. I actually used this song for the credits of a short film based on "The Laramie Project" that I made for one of my classes.

    "his death has made critics of us all" is such a chilling lyric. The blurred lines of truth and fiction are very unsettling in this song. Even the name "River" yields a certain ambiguity. Is it River himself running? Is it just a moving body of water? I think it's both.
    stdesantison August 01, 2006   Link

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