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Agnes Obel – Riverside lyrics
[Agnes Obel]
Down by the river by the boats
Where everybody goes to be alone
Where you won't 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 river bed
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 everyday

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
To 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

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

Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
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    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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    Transformation is the true meaning of this song in my eyes, you may enter as a different person and leave the riverside as someone who has been there before. I think. The riverside is a place in your mind, an escape from everyday life and a way to find inner peace with yourself. You are transformed into a different person once you can find somewhere to be in your mind. This also seems like it’s about depression or suicide but I don’t want to make the whole song seem dark like that. It’s truly a beautiful work of art about complex thoughts and feelings and just being able to understand them and thus better yourself:) amazing song.
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