Old River

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Old River was written by Ayla for a short play she co-wrote and performed with Darcy McRose at Stanford University and SF's Yerba Buena Center, a tale of Jack the adventurer... he gets to the river, and it is rushing so fast, he doesn't know how to cross... so he begins to sing to it...

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Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run so far?
Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

Did the shores that you flew by go by in a blur
Or did you see the little children there
On the banks as they played in the afternoon light
In the wake of your water as you did run on by…

Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

You passed by a hill so sturdy and calm
The land lit up with homes in it’s arms
The land lit up in the half-moon light
You carved out a mountain as you ran on by that night…

Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

So many things you’ve seen Old River
they didn’t go by too quickly
for you to catch your sweet memories
for you to hold your moons and mountains
for you to wash the many ankles of the children as they
play and as they splash and as they tumble round and laugh and as they
skip and as they jump and as they dance and as they run on by…

Do you remember Old River, as you run so fast, as you run right past?

Now you’ll remember Old River, remember everything, remember as you dream…

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from Play Me A Time, released January 5, 2006

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