We All Lie Down In The River

You never know how close the end is

Or how far round the bend is

But you have to find the good place in the head

And I thought I saw you going where the mighty river was flowing

But it might have been somebody else instead

When you’re taking on the pressure: vexed to sobs and all in anguish

(it’s better if we all lie down)

Take a load off in the water (bring a snorkel; bring a sandwich)

(it’s better if we all lie down)
WE ALL LIE DOWN, YES WE ALL LIE DOWN, WE ALL LIE DOWN IN THE RIVER

Well u wonder what they’re thinking

In the river when they’re sinking?

A merciless baptism in the weeds

If you’re tortured by your ego

You can lose it where the sea goes

In a fluvial contemplation of your deeds

It’s a dodgy world that’s out there and the ugliness abounds

(it’s better if we all lie down)

But the rivers full of noises: there’s a million pretty sounds

(it’s better if we all lie down)WE ALL LIE DOWN, YES WE ALL LIE DOWN, WE ALL LIE DOWN IN THE RIVERSo you’re straining every sinew

– and we know you’ve got it in you –

But you cannot fight with chaos and decay

Why not feel the current take you

Where a friendly whale awaits you?

And the mermaids are all singing in the bay?

As for earthy kinds of passion i believe I’ve had my ration

(it’s better if we all lie down)

For the river it submerges

All those disconcerting urges

(it’s better if we all lie down)WE ALL LIE DOWN, YES WE ALL LIE DOWN, WE ALL LIE DOWN IN THE RIVER