His lips don't move but, still he speaks,
His dark green eyes, stare at me,
His tells me of his papa working on the railway,
Blowing his harmonica, in the morning,
I'm Checking in, I'm checking out,
Feeling low, I'm feeling out,
Deeper fish,
Deeper lungs,
Deeper words for the deeper tongues,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you,

I'm burning the river, yeah,
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river,
Oh the river,
Oh the river yeah

So I go home,
A girl lies in my bed,
I hold her hipbone and pull her closer,
I put her cold hands between my thighs,
Stare out the window, into a darkening sky

I'm Checking in, I'm checking out,
Feeling low, I'm feeling out,
Deeper fish,
Deeper lungs,
Deeper words for the deeper tongues,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you,

I'm burning the river, yeah,
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river,
Oh the river,
Oh the river yeah

She's left only her body for me,
I lie here feeling her hair, waiting for sleep,
In the early, early hours of night, of night,
In the early, early hours of night, of night

I'm Checking in, I'm checking out,
Feeling low, I'm feeling out,
Deeper fish,
Deeper lungs,
Deeper words for the deeper tongues,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you, I'm telling you,
He said I'm telling you, I'm telling you,

I'm burning the river, yeah,
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river,
yeah
Burning the river,
Burning I'm burning I'm burning I'm burning the river


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    General CommentAt first I thought no way but then I listened to it again and it almost made sense. But would Pete Francis make a song about lying in bed with a corpse? I don't know. Maybe their love is dead and that's why he says that "She left only her body for me" in the way that she's still there physically but emotionally she doesn't care anymore.

    Like all Dispatch songs the lyrics are so darn ambigous it's hard to find out what they were actually thinking when they wrote it.
    NateKalbachon May 06, 2003   Link

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