"Like The River" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
We floated downstream like swans in the sun
Surrounded by friends and lovers
We watched on with smiles beaming so bright
The river behind them, the fading daylight

I knew her back from when she was young
Those days poured out faster than rounds from a gun
Scattered like shells and lost to the sea
Like the river the days move rapidly

I have all these memories, I don't know what for
I have them and I can't help it
Some overflow and spill like waves
some I will harbor
For all of my days

I burned liked oil, you grew like a flower
Rising toward your magical hour
I was not yours and you were not mine
Our true love finds us when it is time

We drove back downtown
Wasted and spent
Down highways that I remember
Happy for her and happy for me
The old times and the new to uncover

I laid down my head, in love with the night
With my new love beside me, her radiant light
I faded away, along with my thoughts
Like a dream and I trail off mystically


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"Like the River" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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    General CommentThis song is sort of scattered... he's remembering an old love I think, and how it ended and were happy for each other, and he eventually found a new love, but never lost the memories.

    This verse makes the song -
    "I have all these memories, I don't know what for
    I have them and I can't help it
    Some overflow and spill like waves
    some I will harbour
    For all of my days"

    That's all it is.
    triswebon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on this album (so far!) I agree with trisweb about this song hinting to an old love but as a father of little ones the lines "Those days poured out faster than rounds from a gun
    Scattered like shells and lost to the sea" reminds me that every moment is absolutely precious and fleeting at best.

    As well as the lines "I burned like oil, and she grew like a flower" hits home for me as, even though I think I am a good and loving father, I am holding on to my pre-kid life while she has "grown like a flower" into a wonderful mother as I "burn like oil" trying to do two things at once (fatherhood and, at the same time, holding on a little to strongly to my days before kids). The two verses together are haunting me to distraction.

    Anyway, I find it funny that my subconcious has taken a song clearly about a love, lost or not, and turned it into a song about the dichotomy in my life as a father.
    sdyankon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this is about his attending the wedding of a friend, possible ex girlfriend. It's one of my favorite songs. Also I think its "They floated downstream like swans in the sun
    Surrounded by friends and loved ones" On a differnt version it is "happy for her and happy for him"
    foundationshifton November 05, 2008   Link

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