Into The Water

from by Ian Bland

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lyrics

The river tumbles from the mountains in the west
and weaves its way across the plain till it’s wedded to the sea
bringing life to the land as it’s done since life itself began
an old woman sits watching as the waters rush on by
through the valley of her birth one hundred years ago
so many years but to the river not a second’s passed
life is neither slow nor fast
down, down, down, down, down,
she looks into the water

sits in the shade of an ancient banksia from whose branches she once gazed
to the ends of her world and dreamt of lands only visited
in books and stories around the fire but the farm spared little time
for dreams outside of sleep a few hours at school then home
to help her brother in the fields when his first trip from home ended
in the trenches at Fromelles her childhood died as well
down, down, down, down, down,
she looks into the water

life was ruled by seasons in a never ending chain
fortune tied to weather like a ship adrift mid sea
but she always found beauty in this harsh and ever changing land
there were times she cursed the river as it rose to claim their fields
yet how clearly she remembers Black Friday thirty nine
huddled with her children down the banks
as the flames devoured their farm
safe in the river’s arm
down, down, down, down, down,
she looks into the water

now the valley echoes laughter on a gentle autumn day
as family and friends celebrate a life well lived
gathered by the waters where once a young girl came to dream
she smiles as the children run laughing to the banks
dropping leaves into the current, then race them to the bend
the lines on her face dissolve into the ripples and the swirls
once again she sees the girl
down, down, down, down, down,
she looks into the water

The river tumbles from the mountains in the west

credits

from Drifter, released April 1, 2007
Musicians

Ian Bland - Vocals & Guitars
Mark Stanley - Drums & Percussion
Elly Firestone - Double Bass
Bill Canty - Keyboards & Flute
Greg Hunt - Violin
Julie Buxton - Backing Vocals

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Ian Bland Melbourne, Australia

Ian Bland - Melbourne based singer songwriter - musical influences include country, celtic, and folk with stories drawn from rural and urban Australia

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