SLS — The Decemberists: Down by the Water

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The Decemberists

Image Link and NPR article on the album this is from, “The King is Dead”

Helen’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday today is season. “Down by the Water” is a song on the American indie rock band, The Decemberists’ sixth album, The King is Dead. It was released as a single in 2010.  They’ve done 7 albums, are working on an 8th, and also did a fantastic collaboration with Olivia Chaney in 2017 and called the group, Offa Rex for the LP, “The Queen of Hearts.”

See this ancient riverbed
See where all the follies are led
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

*

I was just some tow-head teen
Feeling ’round for fingers to get in between
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

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The season rubs me wrong
The summer swells anon
So knock me down, tear me up
But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

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Sweet descend this rabble round
The pretty little patter of a seaport town
Rolling in the water and rolling down the old main drag

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All dolled up in gabardine
The lash-flashing Leda of Pier nineteen
Queen of the water and queen of the old main drag

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The season rubs me wrong
The summer swells anon
So knock me down, tear me up
But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

*

The season rubs me wrong
The summer swells anon
So knock me down, tear me up
But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

*

Down by the water and down by the old main drag
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

*

Songwriters: Colin Meloy

Down by the Water lyrics © BMG Rights Management

14 Comments Add yours

  1. hanspostcard says:

    One of the better bands around today I’d think… and this would be one of my favorite songs by them!! Great choice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Hans! Glad you like them. I think I like the Offa Rex CD even better.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Goldfinch came down to London to see them play at the Hammersmith Apollo last month. They were great!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Wow they are touring England? I’d love to see them play.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Can’t help but think I’ve heard this before…like a dylan and neil young coming out a washing machine!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      yes with an REM dryer sheet. they’re awesome

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  4. Nice song, never heard it before.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Jim, glad to have introduced you to them.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. badfinger20 says:

    I agree with Jeremyjames… nice combination. Very good song…never heard it before.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      for once I chose a one new to you! Glad you liked it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 says:

        Thank you for it

        Liked by 1 person

  6. J-Dub says:

    New to me and fantastic! Thanks for sharing it 😎

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You are welcome 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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