The River Lately (2018)

by MD Dunn

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The River Lately is a response to challenging times. The songs are attempts to understand and rise above the anger and uncertainty of the age. It is also just a bunch of good tunes well recorded.

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released April 29, 2018

Recorded by Warren Reville at Reveal Music, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.
Mixed by Craig West
Mastered by Will Geraldo at Cantara Lab
Produced by M.D. Dunn

M.D. Dunn: acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Ken Coulter: drums
Warren Reville: bass, background vocals
Craig West: bass
Josh Norling: saxophone, trumpet
Lynne Reville: piano, background vocals
Lindsay Pugh: resonator, lapsteel

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Track Name: The River Lately
The River Lately

Have you been to the river lately?
You should see how high the water is now.
Last time, you couldn’t drown here
had you been trying.
(Alternate: Last time, you could have found
everything you've been hiding)
Waist deep and stepping up
Step up to higher ground

All those clowns making jokes about our lives
They never get to the punchline
You probably have it all figured out anyway
Don’t let that keep you from trying

Transparent as the air, you say with your mind
all that words can’t say for you
Should be easy to prove light is a frequency of thought
and thought a frequency of sound.
There are no short cuts where we’re going,
We’re going to have to play it through.
Knee-deep and stepping up
Step up to higher ground

With all those thoughts making noise all the time
Stick around for the punchline
You probably have it all figured out anyway
Don’t let that keep you from trying

Look at that full moon, feel it pulling on your dreams.
Everyone who’s ever lived has danced with it.
Foghorn sounds down the bay. Freighter comes around the bend.
May you know you are loved while you’re alive to pass it on
May you know how much of a part of it all you are
Hold on. Hold on.

With all those thoughts making noise all the time
Stick around for the punchline
I’m still waiting….
Track Name: War In Me
War In Me

There is no time now
No time to be subtle or scared
On a one-way ride, we arrive
To see that we’ve already been there
To think we had it all
Had it all, had all just to let it go
Running for the wall

Just another war in me
About to see how real life can be
Just another war in me

Call me a relic
But you can’t say I was passing through
Got turned around, in the dark
Went looking for a trail to lead me to you
You’re the sound I make when I dream
Another soul who is more than you seem

Just another war in me
Track Name: The Story Begins
The Story Begins

I just got broken, and you were radiant
And we knew each other only through our songs
I wanted to walk with you, but I was afraid to
Knowing how easily I fall in love

These days, I’m not lonely
And although you hardly know me,
know that I am your friend
You’re always moving the scenery around you
When you arrive, the story begins

Chorus

I’m good at a distance, but you need the real thing
You’re so real, you’re impossible to me

It’s a full moon again, first one since we met and
Your song’s been spinning in my mind on repeat play
Got a bottle of Mysteries I haven’t opened yet
Found it in the water. It was buried in the clay.

These days…
Track Name: Ghost Water
Ghost Water

You could live on ghost water
Find your dreams in the wind, in the rain
Make a sail from the lives that you've saved
And you weren't even trying

Like a soul that came back again
Halfway here, just looking in
Like a soul that came back again

When you let go..
Sailing ghost water
Don't let go

I'm a bad vessel, and I know it
I'm tortured, I'm scared
I crack up in a storm
Left the passengers to row home alone
And I never really thanked you

Like a soul that came back again
Halfway here, just looking in
Like a soul that came back again

You could live on ghost water
Find your dreams in the wind, in the rain
Make a sail from the lives that you've saved
And you weren't even trying
Track Name: The Cowardice of Kings
The Cowardice of Kings

And the cowardice of kings comes out when you need him
At the moment of battle, the king has a crisis
He falls to pieces on the palace floor
cursing his counsel

The cowardice of kings comes in cruelty to the weakest
Go on, call him on it and you become his new enemy
You did nothing but ask a question.
Now your picture’s on the subway station wall.

We are innocent weapons.
You know we got played
Stick around, the weather will change
Stick around, the weather will change

The cowardice of kings makes everyone a traitor
Sees refugees as enemies and immigrants as invaders
Public dissent becomes a treasonable crime
We go back to the dungeon

We are innocent weapons
You know we got played
Stick around, the weather will change
Stick around, the weather will change

Oh. I never meant to leave your love
I’ve got to believe that love
Goes on

The cowardice of kings brings shame to the nation
When soldier and joker stand separate and hostile
Only after the first shots are fired
Do they know who they’re fighting

The cowardice of kings brings out the tyrant
The cowardice of kings brings out the tyrant

We are innocent weapons
You know we got played
Stick around, the weather will change
Stick around, the weather will change
Track Name: Only in Summer
Only In Summer

All he said was
She was pretty enough
To be a stripper
They used to say that back home
It never was a problem
He thought it was a compliment

Yeah, she walked away
But before she did she said
Man, you’re a disaster
Every scene you’re in needs editing
Before it goes to air

Long ago you used to be my brother
Long ago you used to be my friend
maybe we were born to find each other

when you were a child and
I was that flower
that bloomed with the early
rains every summer

the years roll by
and he learns a few things
he falls in love and he's happy
but time won’t let him go
and it breaks his heart open
there is sorrow for a while

there are similar stories
to the one you’re living now
there’s no way to know what can happen
and millions of ways
running through the maze
we keep going around

Long ago you used to be my brother
Long ago you used to be my friend
maybe we were born to find each other


when you were a child and
I was that flower that
bloomed with the early
rains every summer

then I was the child and
you were the clouds that
taught me to see
nothing’s forever

then you were the child and
I was the river that
sang to you softly
until you were sleeping

then I was the child and
you were the mountain that
gathered the rainfall and
filled up the fountain

then you were the child and
I was the forest where
you used to play until
your mother called for you

then I was the child and
you were the movement of
wind on the water that
brought us together

then you were the child and
I was that flower and
we knew each other
only in summer
Track Name: We Need Everyone
We Need Everyone

You are always standing in the light
Rain and cloud, or moonless night
Folded up, just a little fire inside
You are always in the light

We need you now
We need everyone
Can't be us, if you're not around
We need you now
We need everyone
You have always been loved

You are always stepping through the door
Stepping in, turning around
And then you're leaving once more
You are always through the door

We need you now
We need everyone
Can't be us, if you're not around
We need you now
We need everyone
You have always been loved

You are always waiting by the well
Noonday sun overhead, the world under your spell
Asking for water when it's water you came to sell
You are always by the well

We need you now...

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