"Rivers and Roads" as written by and Robert Tyler Williams Christopher Shane Zasche....
A year from now we'll all be gone
All our friends will move away
And they're going to better places
But our friends will be gone away

Nothing is as it has been
And I miss your face like Hell
And I guess it's just as well
But I miss your face like Hell

Been talking 'bout the way things change
And my family lives in a different state
And if you don't know what to make of this
Then we will not relate
So if you don't know what to make of this
Then we will not relate

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Oh rivers and roads
Oh rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you


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"Rivers and Roads" as written by Chris Zasche Charity Thielen

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  • +2
    General CommentThese artists could sing the same word over and over again and their soul would still be just as powerful God, i love them!
    Alli412on May 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me so much of the thoughts that ran through my head while I studied abroad. Those people were the best friends I've ever had; we were all united by being removed from our normal elements. I miss them so much that my heart hurts.

    That's what I think the song is about--people being united and in love, removed from what they recognize as home, and the pain that comes along when that time ends, when it's time to move on to the next thing. It is so beautiful but it makes me so sad I can hardly bear it.
    altundzwanzigon February 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is something that all of us should always remember.
    He starts by saying how short life is, how good moments come and go. It looks like a year from now we'll all be gone.
    As we grow up we see friend moving away, going to other (better) places.
    During our lives we remember good moments with those friends and how nothing is as it has been. We miss them (like hell) and guess they feel the same.
    He says that he can talk more about the way things change, like family. Not only friends but also family isn´t there forever. Probably you will live for a differente place, state or country.
    My favorite part is the chorus.
    Knowing that life is short, knowing that the moments with friends and family are precious and knowing that sooner or later all that moments will be gone, you should make something about it. You should value every and each moment with those you love.
    Now that you get it, if don't know what to make of this then we will not relate.
    diogosvrebeloon March 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me this song is about the loss of a loved one. I relate the loss of my mother to this song as she is now in a better place (Heaven) and there will still be many Rivers and Roads for me to cross before I reach my eternal home of heaven and see my mother again as I now live in a different state than my family and friends. The main kicker for this song to me is that "So if don't know what to make of this, then we will not relate" as this signifies that if you don't believe in Heaven, we will not relate.
    Hooky586on September 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is the epitome of nostalgia. Nostalgia of friends, family, loved ones who may have passed into the next life, the place you grew up, etc.

    "Rivers and roads" are just metaphors for the different ways in which we cope with the overwhelming feeling of nostalgia (listening to music, doing something that you used to do, trying to remember what those times used to be like) until we find peace. But will we ever find that peace??
    arthur1989on May 06, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song poetically describes the major transitions we all experience in life. For me: Graduating high school, leaving my fellow soldiers when I exited the army, graduating college, my daughter growing up and moving to a different state. In every instance, there was a face or faces I'd miss like hell. But alas I guess "It's just as well" despite the heartache that comes with it.

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    Superdroodon September 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song almost makes me cry. Its so relevant to my life right now. I'm a senior in high school right now, graduating this summer, and the first verse is so poignant to that fact. I'm going to miss my friends so much.

    The rest of the song, to me only of course, reminds me of my boyfriend who moved to college a state away (even the state part fits with the song!). I miss his face like hell, and there are entire rivers and roads that separate us. But I'll still "reach" him :')
    merinaaon November 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so applicable to my life right now. I'm almost out of high school and I have no idea what I'm going to do but all my friends are going to these great universities. Also, my 3 siblings all "live in a different state" than me, and being without them is really lonely.
    LondonLoveon January 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI live on an island with a small group of people, and because of the nature of our job (we work for a lodge), be it dive instructors, massage therapists or biologists, people are always coming and going. A friend of mine left today, after being here for two years. On my way from home this morning this song started playing on my phone and I couldn't believe how perfectly it fit the situation. If we are fortunate enough to have a lot of people come into our lifes and hearts, we know we will most likely have to say goodbye (or at least a "see you later") sooner or later. Knowing this doesn't make it easier, cause it always sucks to say goodbye, but it sort of helps us to try and look at it as a good thing, as something good we had, and not as something we are losing. I love this song because it makes me remember all the amazing people I've met and how happy knowing them has made me.
    Strigliton September 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs a junior-almost-senior in highschool, this song hits pretty close to home. To me, the song writer starts at about my age, singing of how in a year, highschool will end, friendships will be broken, and relationships strained. I think the next verses are a year or so later in college. Maybe the writer is referring to a significant other or family member when talking about "missing your face like hell." Obviously the writer is also feeling a bit too distanced from his family, expressing his frustration and sorrow of being on his own without the comfort of home. I think this is something most teenagers go through. A stage of looking to the future of graduating, looking back to your relationships that you left behind, and missing the ones you have spent the last 18 years with.
    EliDelpon April 30, 2014   Link

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