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Down by the river by the boats

Where everybody goes to be alone

Where you wont see any rising sun

Down to the river we will run



When by the water we drink to the dregs

Look at the stones on the riverbed

I can tell from your eyes

You've never been by the riverside



Down by the water the riverbed

Somebody calls you somebody says

Swim with the current and float away

Down by the river every day



Oh my God I see how everything is torn in the river deep

And I don't know why I go the way

Down by the riverside


When that old river runs past your eyes

To wash off the dirt on the riverside

Go to the water so very near

The river will be your eyes and ears



I walk to the borders on my own

Fall in the water just like a stone

Chilled to the marrow in them bones

Why do I go here all alone



Oh my God I see how everything is torn in the river deep

And I don't know why I go the way

Down by the riverside (x2)



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  • U
    UnregisteredJun 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    In my view the riverside stands for the edge between wanting to die or returning to daily life. The river itself representing death.

    The boats would refer to the boat over the river stix.

    "where everybody goes to be alone" obvious
    "where you wont see any rising sun" well, it's forever isn't it

    "down to the river we will run" it's the only certainty in our life

    "i can tell from your eyes
    you've never been by the riverside" - somebody who did experience beïng so down or thougth about the inevitable yet.

    "somebody calls you somebody says
    swim with the current and float away
    down by the river every day " - your own voice/thoughts, in a difficult period of your life, asking the question "would the end be better"...

    Corresponding meaning can be given to the rest of the song.

    Despite being considered a depressing song in this way, the choice of turning away from the riverside holds the hope for things to get better.

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