"Riversong" as written by and Alison Sudol....
I laid down by the river’s edge
I laid down wondering where it led
I laid down by the river’s edge
And I woke up in a river bed

There were flowers in my hair
River flowers floating everywhere
And all the fishes came and kissed my feet
Dear old fishes, they said to me

They said oh, we could love you
But we are not yet what you want
Because oh, anyone could love you
You’ve got to find where you belong

All my needles, they were gone so fast
Not a needle left on a branch
I grew weaker
And the river strong
I said, hey fishes
But the fish were gone

Now the boulders
I know they heard me cry
But they were stone-faced
And they stood aside
So I went on at the river’s pace
With my eyes closed, I thought I heard them say

They said oh, we could love you
But we are not yet what you want
Because oh, we would only crush you
You’ve got to find where you belong

How does it feel
To be so certain
Without question
Of your purpose
Your position
Of your place
Of your home?
Of your place
Of your home

You cannot catch the river though
It makes you think you can
It trickles through your fingers
While you hold it in your hands
Just like I am
Just like I am
Just like I am
Just like I am


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"Riversong" as written by Alison Sudol

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song seems to be about someone who struggles to find their place in human society, but finds comfort in nature (after all, this album is about understanding mother nature). However, while nature is very comforting, nature is not where humans belong; the fishes and the rocks say they are not for her yet. No matter how hard you try, nature won't take humans, not until we die at least.
    blak97on October 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about not knowing where you belong. You search and search experimenting with different groups (fish, rocks) different drugs/coping mechanisms (all my needles...) You don't know where you belong in life so you just get swept up in the current and you float along. You resent and envy the people who are so sure of what their purpose is, where they belong. In the end you belong more with the river, you change and shift and melt through fingertips. You are not meant to stay in one place.
    joshlikesblueon February 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the river represents her journey through life,and the fish and boulders are the places where she thinks she belongs. Perhaps,the end of the song is the end of her life and she's wondering if it was wrong of her to move on from those places.
    Katnisscleverdeenon August 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this song is about not knowing where you belong. You search and search experimenting with different groups (fish, rocks) different drugs/coping mechanisms (all my needles...) You don't know where you belong in life so you just get swept up in the current and you float along. You resent and envy the people who are so sure of what their purpose is, where they belong. In the end you belong more with the river, you change and shift and melt through fingertips. You are not meant to stay in one place.
    joshlikesblueon February 24, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTo me this song sounds like someone who has committed suicide and is seeing the other side. I think the lyrics itself explain that, but towards the end of the song right before the last verse/part (I don't know the technical term) there is a lot of commotion and sound going on in the background as if it's someone who is trying to be revived from their attempt. I don't know, that's just what it sounds like to me.
    amandacoleman9on July 28, 2013   Link

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