"Rivers" as written by and Francis Edward Turner....
Our history runs down our rivers
Down our rivers to the sea
Reminds us of the things that matter
Home and heart and history

And all our sins will be forgiven
Washed away to set us free
By the rivers that run through our homesteads
By myth and modal melody

I traced these rivers from the cities to the seas
To remind me of what I already know
I traced the shorelines through a thousand histories
To remind me an island is my home
An island is my home

I traveled far across this country
Northumberland to Southern Downs
I wandered up the rolling Humber
And down the Thames to London town

And countless lives were lived and lingered
In the cotswells and the fells
I left a tapestry called England
And life and those who lived it well

I traced these rivers from the cities to the seas
To remind me of what I already know
I traced the shorelines through a thousand histories
To remind me an island is my home
An island is my home

Round here the sky is a little closer
A little closer to the ground
It's hard for someone to get lost here
Harder still to get found

And though I've seen a thousand rivers
From the Mississippi to the Rhine
The only place that I'll lay my hat down
Is by an English riverside

I traced these rivers from the cities to the seas
To remind me of what I already know
I traced the shorelines through a thousand histories
To remind me an island is my home
An island is my home

So place your trust into the sea
It's kept us safe for centuries
It shaped our shores and steadily
Its care has brought us, come

And when I die, I hope to be buried out in English seas
So all that then remains of me
Will lap against these shores
Until England is no more


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11

"Rivers" as written by Francis Edward Turner

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  • +3
    General CommentI think in the main chorus he's saying 'I traced the shorelines through a thousand estuaries'
    mitchelwbon June 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI also think that its supposed to be 'traipsed' rather than traced, this would make a little more sense in regards to definintion, but I supposed either word works.

    And the bit where is says 'Its care has brought us, come' I believe 'come' is supposed to be 'calm'

    Eitherway, its a good song, made only better by the fact it mentions my native homeland of Northumberland xD
    NorthernFoxon August 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust to note, I believe in the second verse he's saying

    Countless lives were lived and lingered
    In the cotswolds and the fells



    Another great one from a very talented song writer. Great song, that for more really sums up that there really is no place like home.

    Jonboton July 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWow, this hits home quite hard. I'm an English boy myself and while I've found places in the world which I love, I'd still lay my hat down by an English riverside.

    Powerful song. It's so unique to be English, I reckon anyone who has lived in or visited England would truly understand how proud us English are.
    tommyhaychon August 02, 2011   Link

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