The River That Runs Both Ways - Rick Nestler

    Once the Sachems told a story
    Of a land the great spirit blessed
    And the people followed the legend
    From the great water in the west.
    They they stopped where they found
    That the fishing was good
    The earth it was fertile, Game ran in the wood

    [Refrain twice]
    And I could be happy just spending my days
    On the river that flows both ways.

    First came the trappers. then the traders
    Their own fortunes for to find
    And the valley treated them kindly
    So the farmers followed close behind
    Then the sloops sailed well laden 'round the batter
    With flour from Yonkers, fur from Albany

    [Repeat Refrain]

    Writers and painters have shown its beauty
    In its waters and on the shore
    While musicians sing its praises
    And keep alive the river's lore
    with the sun settin' golden o'er the Palisades
    Afternoon ends and the daylight fades

    [Repeat Refrain]

    Maybe it's the moonshine, maybe it's the starlight
    Reflected in Haverstraw Bay
    Maybe it's the fog that rolls off the highlands
    At the break of a brand new day
    But apple cider and pumpkins, strawberries and corn
    Make the people of the river glad they've been born.

    [Repeat Refrain]

    © 1980 Rick Nest!er


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