Music Prompt #32 ” “Riverside” by Agnes Obel – Down By the River


We’ve been down by the river

It’s just across the river flat.

In times of flood we see it

Skimming along the banks

Holding it back from swamping us.

Our river is the life of the valley

The farms and the towns speckled along its way.

We went to the river

Dug in our toes on the gravely bank

Watched the flow meander by

On it’s way to the Pacific.

You held my hand as we ventured in

Stood up to our ankles

As an eel swam by

Terrified you screamed never again.

At dusk a fisherman came by

Threw in his line sat and watched

The birds circling, the plopping of mullet

Just you and me and the fisherman too.

Darkness descended and came the night sounds

We huddled close as the noise grew

Frogs croaking, a fox sidled by on the distant bank.

The moon showed a silver light

Silhouetted the ghostly river gums

Giving the river a new mysterious character.

I wondered what to make of you

So beautiful yet so timid

You saw fit to sit with me

That warm summers night

Along the water’s edge.


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11 Responses to Music Prompt #32 ” “Riverside” by Agnes Obel – Down By the River

  1. Another beautiful song of love — trouble with words tonight, so I’ll leave it at that!

  2. Very beautiful and peaceful, Michael.

  3. Sounds like a nice place to be. Lovey . . . 🙂

  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is so peaceful and serene 🙂
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

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