Life is a River

from by Lewis Childs

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Let this Mark Twain inspired take you down stream on a raft that lets you forget the challenges of the world, if only for a moment. "Life is a river that is rollin' on down to the sea."


Sunny Jim found me down by the waterside
My body was taken by the cold
Sang like a mockingbird, style sweet and low
Thought of the good times forgotten long ago
He sat down looked me in the eyes, smile crept up from my toes
He taught me an old song, spoke to my soul,
Something from way back to get us down the road

Life is a river that is rollin’ on down to the sea
You can try and swim upstream, might as well float with me

As we sang that sweet little tune, my troubles we’re lifted like a stone
Had a skip in my step, felt the rhythm in my bones
As we made our way down to Shady Grove, You know where that is!
Now in the grove people get together, sing neath that rising sun
Jim brought his song from the waterside
The people began to sing along

Life is a river that is rollin’ on down to the sea.
You can try and swim upstream, might as well float with me.

Raised my head, took a look around only to find Sunny Jim was gone Shady Grove an elusive dream, you know I tried to trace the scene
As I woke up, soul began to sing
Life! I have left this sweet little tune, the images my friends in the grove
Maybe days before you know, you’ll be hummin’ soft and low
Sunny Jim’s soul lives on in river song


from Currents, track released December 11, 2009
Guitar and Vocals: Lewis Childs
Piano: Galen Clark
Clarinet: Lee Elderton
Backup Vocals: Jack Inglis, Lesley Kernochan
Trashcan Bass: Arthur Parker
Drums: Jesse Brooke



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Lewis Childs Portland, Oregon

Lewis Childs has a diverse musical background. He has played in an Irish Folk Music band, worked as the leader of Tropicalia group, performed in a high flying acrobatic troupe of Capoeiristas, and played with a World Music folk duo. He has returned to his roots writing songs and telling stories that travel through epic sonic landscapes. Oh, his great-grandma was a semi-professional whistler. ... more

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