OLE:
Candles on the table in a darkened room;
A long-forgotten voice that sings a half-familiar tune.
Memories I can’t quite hold, but can’t let go.
A bitter smile, and hair as white and cold as snow,
And river eyes...

DECEMBER:
Candles on the table in a darkened room;
Hands entwined like voices as we sing his favorite tune.
Well-loved hands that played me like a mandolin --
The River told me it would take me back to him --
The River lies.

BOTH:
So River turn back, turn away from this door.
River be kind, for I’ve been here before.
River it’s something I won’t recognize...

D:
For I have no faith left in cruel River lies...

O:
I have no faith left in cold river eyes.

D:
Darkness in the corners where the firelight fades;
I never meant to leave him. We were both of us betrayed.
The journey seemed so simple -- they all were before --
I thought that I’d come home, and so I locked the door
For River lies.

O:
Darkness in the corners where the firelight fades;
A moment and my simple, careless plans were all unmade.
A door shuts and a key turns and the world is lost.
I wonder, when she left me, if she held the cost
In river eyes.

BOTH:
So River turn back, turn away from this door.
River be kind, for I’ve been here before.
River there’s something here I recognize...

O:
And I have no love left for cruel river eyes...

D:
I have no time left for cold River lies.

BOTH:
River be gentle, oh River be kind,
D:
River please carry me home.
BOTH:
River I’m searching but how can I find
O:
A memory I’ve never known.

BOTH:
So River turn back, turn away from this door.
River be kind, for I’ve been here before.
O:
River I’m burning from all the goodbyes
D:
All of the silence, and all of the lies --
O:
All of the madness I’ve seen in her eyes --
D:
All of the choices we tried to disguise --
BOTH:
And I have no faith left in cold River lies.


Written on: 2001-10-11. Seanan McGuire


Lyrics submitted by Nonny

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