"River In the Road" as written by Josh Homme, Joey Castillo and Troy Dean Van Leeuwen....
Fast approaching monsters marching in a row
Grab what slips your mind and what your memory won't hold
Run, darling, run
I'll stall them if I can
You'll escape, and I'll be left rotting on the vine

Run, darling, run
I'll stall if I can
You'll escape, and I'll be left rotting on the vine
Avert the children's eyes
Forgets left untold
Don't look back to see
The blood river in the road

Get sweet revenge with my blood river in the road


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"River in the Road" as written by Josh Homme, Joey Castillo, Troy Dean Van Leeuwen

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  • +3
    General Commentmitzie and stefanox have some sort of grasp...

    the fast approaching monster marching in a row are the mindless zombies that have been breed lately due to the brainwashing that's been going on lately. HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ERA VULGARIS

    this song is a message adressed to future generations or his children, or us the fans (the ones that get it at least a little bit). avert the children's eyes. DUH!!! tell your children the truth and don't let them fall in the same pattern.

    he's fighting right now but nothing he can really do except warn us to get away from it and do it differently in the future. and avenge him i guess... why not?:D
    Oxymoroneon February 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI guess a river in a road is a metaphor of something that unexpectedly breaking-in into your life and interrupting them, so you must fight it and get it out of your way, but you know you are not able to beat it, you can't just stop the flow of the river by yourself so you're sitting there, giving up and waiting to die, though you want to believe that someday, someone will avenge for your memory.
    mitzieon November 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's something amazingly haunting about this song.
    michaeldoyleon June 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "parade drumming" and the "marching in row"
    makes me fuckin think of an army or something.
    He wouldn't use this if the song hadn't got something
    to do with.

    The second part has got a nice controverse.
    "Avert the childrens eyes, Forget left untold
    Don’t look back to see
    The blood River in the Road"
    "Get revenge with my Blood"

    Do not let the children know, but get revenge?

    Sounds like a dead soldier remmembering his
    sacrifice and how it was just forgotten, as his
    body rotting in the vine. After he snaps out of
    traveling in memories, he asks for vengeance.

    "Grab what slips your mind & what your memory won’t hold"

    I can be like people forced to run from their
    homes, leaving their memories. But that's not something you'd think while running from
    monsters marching in a row... So maybe its the
    dead soldier trying to make people remmember
    him.
    frost37on July 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it's one of the best on their new album in opinion.

    It sounds like it's about someone in the middle of a violent situation and they're trying to save their families/lover. They know they can't escape so they remind those who have not to forget them and avenge their death later on.
    marilitheon May 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep, makes perfect sence to me.
    Sawannai-deon June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about self-sacrifice.

    Discuss...
    miss_blisson June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Grab what slips your mind & what your memory won’t hold" great use of words...

    I'd say self-sacrifice yes...
    But it seems like there's no choice, and the person sacrificing theirself is quite bitter about it.. But still wants some sort of revenge..
    Bloodyteaon June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah haunting is a word i would use to describe this song both sonicly and lyricly... i guess its the only song w/ mark lanaegan on backup vox off of era vulgaris...
    necrophageon June 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe last line is "Get sweet revenge, with my blood river in the road"
    domino_pon July 01, 2007   Link

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