River



June! 

Winter is beautiful  in Pennsylvania and very long.  Spring is busy making green, green with lots of rain.  And now it’s time to get out the kayak.  On occasion I’ve gone down the Youghiogheny River, often I’m at the Quemahoning with my friend “The Other Carol”.  A couple of times I’ve been down the Allegheny — once on a flat wooden raft. This song filters though my brain as the sun shines and the water calls.  Sung by Aileen and Elkin Thomas from  THE JOURNEY album. {Shantih Records, 1986  aethomas.com} Their timeless art and sound accompany me on many of my adventures, mental and otherwise.

I was born in the path of the winter wind
I was raised where the mountains are old

Their springtime waters came dancing down  And I remember the tales they told

Youghiogheny
Youghiogheny

The whistling ways of my younger days
Too quickly have faded on by
But all of my memories linger on
Like the light in a fading sky

River, take me along in your sunshine, sing me your song

Bald Eagle Creek at Castanea. Feet on bow of kayak.

Ever moving and winding and free
You rolling old river, you changing old river
Let’s you and me, river, run down to the sea

I’ve been to the city and back again
I’ve been moved by some things that I’ve learned
Met a lot of good people and I’ve called them friends
Felt the change when the seasons turned

I’ve heard all the songs that the children sing
And listened to love’s melodies
I’ve felt my own music within me rise
Like the wind in the autumn trees

Youghiogheny
Youghiogheny

River, take me along in your sunshine, sing me your song
Ever moving and winding and free
You rolling old river, you changing old river
Let’s you and me, river, run down to the sea

Allegheny
Allegheny 

Someday when the flowers are blooming still
Someday when the grass is still green
My rolling waters will round the bend

Quemahoning
Quemahoning

And flow into the open sea

So, here’s to the rainbow that’s followed me here
And here’s to the friends that I know
And here’s to the song that’s within me now
I will sing it wherever I go

Bill Staines – Lyrics/Music

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