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  1. Cottonwood

From the album Down That Road

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Green – vocals, acoustic guitar
Anna Root Musco – harmony vocal
Paul VanWageningen – drums
Rich Girard – acoustic bass
Bruce Kaphan – pedal steel guitar
Michaelle Goerlitz – udu

Lyrics

COTTONWOOD

I have lived here all my life on this muddy riverbank
Tall and strong I’ve grown with the sun and the river to drink
Sometimes I wonder what’s out there, where the river’s rushing to
“And where does it come from?”, I ask the rain; I wish I knew

But I cannot move, I’m clutching tight to the banks here
Afraid I’ll be consumed, I hold on to the rocks and the roots here

Sometimes I wanna just let go and dive right in,
And trust her silky caresses
No more holding on tight, no more wondering
No no’s, only yes’s

Would you hold me up river like the air holds me now?
Would you keep me afloat like my little earthboat?
Or do you end up in a great big huge waterfall?
Plunging down and down forever, all of nature in the fall?
And would I catch the wind and fly?

But I cannot move, I’m clutching tight to the banks here
Afraid I’ll be consumed, I hold on to the rocks and the roots here

Right now I wanna just let go and dive right in,
And trust your silky caresses
No more holding on tight, no more wondering
No no’s, only yes’s, only yes’s
But must I really dive when you’re kissing my feet,
When I’m drinking you in, when our blood is from the same rain
Oh muse, how blind, how blind I have been
You are nothing to fear, and you are right here

Oh river my love, Oh river my goddess, Oh river my queen
You’re the deepest, most mysterious of possibilities.