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  1. Can't Work the River

From the album From The Fringes

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lyrics & music: Peter Panyon
copyright 2010



Peter Panyon: lead vocal, 12-string guitar
Joe Heutte: vocals
Bonnie Eyler: vocals, drums
Jaqui McMillen: drums
Michael O'Gorman: lead guitar
Liz Fixsen: keys
Dave McGarvey: bass

Lyrics

You can't fish, can't work the river
Crabs ain't running and the creeks are brown
Want to work these waters forever
Lord, my home is here on the river, the river's where I'm bound
Lord, don't let the river let me down

Used to work here on the river
A hard day's work for a hard day's pay
Gave my baby all I could give her
Never thought it wouldn't last forever
Never thought we'd ever lose the river
Never thought I'd say

You can't fish, you can't work the river
Crabs ain't running and the creeks are brown
Want to work these waters forever
Lord, my home is here on the river, the river's where I'm bound
Lord, don't let the river let me down

My baby's gone, I had nothing to give her
Crabs ain't running and the oysters are down
So much promise I couldn't deliver
She moved from the Shore to some old factory town up by Baltimore
She says come on down, she says you know you can't stay
She says
You can't fish, you can't work the river
Crabs ain't running and the creeks are brown
Want to work these waters forever
Lord, my home is here on the river, the river's where I'm bound
Lord, don't let the river let me down

I know a place down the Shore where you can walk the boards
Of a boat from another time
Abandoned to the rhythm of the waves against her side
Half buried like this way of life I once considered mine
You can hear the ghosts of the watermen
Calling to the tide
You can't fish, you can't work the river
Crabs ain't running and the creeks are brown
Want to work these waters forever
Lord, my home is here on the river, the river's where I'm bound
Lord, don't let the river let me down
Don't let me down
Don't let the river . . .