"Cross the River on Your Own" as written by and Silas Utke Graae Joergensen Jonas Bjerre Terkelsboel....
I know a way to kill the ripple from your touch
And what if I can only settle for much?
It stays with you
You're like a sky so drizzly
That I want
'Till I take it out on you
Show me how to keep you in

You be good to me
And I, I'll be good to you
Don't let go of your light
It's your best friend in the world
I hope you'll learn what Heaven knows
Who cares if I go?

I know a way to tell the middle from the start
And what if telling makes the brittle fall apart?
In time although my hair turns grey and grizzly
Stay with me

So we cursed a lot
And I'm ashamed of walking out
Oh it's just too bad, we got stuck in the past
We're hiding there in silence now
It sounds familiar
You be good to me
And I, I'll be good to you
I'm off to work
But I don't see you turn

Cross the river on your own
On the other side
You wanna go far away
On the other side
The riverbed
Follow us there

You be good to me
And I, I'll be good to you
Don't let go of your light
It's your best friend in the world
I hope you'll learn what Heaven knows
Who cares if I go?
So we cursed a lot
And I'm ashamed of walking out
And my thoughts are wrought with a shortsighted secret
And missing you
Why do you cry, Paddy?
Long as I've been alive
Old as I am
I've still no plan
I'm off to work
But I don't see you turn
My life was OK
I was counting my steps


Lyrics submitted by LasseSand, edited by stepupmike

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    My InterpretationInteresting view above, I see it differently. To me, it's a man (presumably), who's musing on his lover or ex-lover-I'm not sure that matters. She's died, it's too late for them to reconcile, and he's besaicaly espousing his love and admiration for her. For now though, she'll have to cross the river "on her own", and make that journey to the afterlife without him. And he might never get there, because "who cares if I go?". I definitely agree, this song is beyond sad, but so beautiful. This whole album is a masterpiece.
    splitsurroundon September 10, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm going to differ from the other interpretations here in favor of a more... fantasy-based one. There are several hints throughout the story of this song that the narrator has lived a long time - what if they are immortal, and would live forever?
    "Long as I've been alive, old as I am," "In time although my hair turns grey and grizzly," and "I hope you'll learn what Heaven knows, who cares if I go?"
    Establishing this, the narrator outlives everybody he meets, including those he loves. He wishes the best for those who he loves and loses, hoping that they find joy, meaning and paradise in the afterlife, even though he knows he can never see them there. At the same time, he laments that he can never have a lifelong companion.
    How did this narrator come to have this condition? Well, according to Greek myth, there exists the River Styx, in which one can be bathed to acquire physical immortality. The function of this is a bit different, as the Styx has never been known to grant freedom from old age death, as far as I know... but the concept is the same. What if our narrator has found himself in a state following such a thing?
    He's crossed the river. He might not have meant to cross it. His thoughts are wrought with a short-sighted secret. It's even suggested he's not alone, that they'd need to follow "us" there. And he can't bring anybody else along with him to become the same as he is, be it by restriction of the river's power, or his own goodness and reluctance to bring anyone else into his same condition...
    They need to cross the river on their own.
    On the other side, you'll want to go far away...
    evan102072on October 19, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is the saddest song. It's about two lovers who couldn't reconcile their differences regarding investment and commitment - they both loved each other, but the girl wouldn't show it for some reason. Over time it killed our poor guy and he finally chose to leave her, upon reflection of this decision he gathers that no one cared if he left her, if she didn't. He plays this relationship out in his head still "my thoughts are wrought with a shortsighted secret/"-"and missing you". Apparently this love was so strong that it stays with him forever. She was an underhanded jerk to him for what and I wonder if it's true that she feels stuck in the past too.
    JMan1942on April 28, 2015   Link

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