Follow the River Bend

by Simeon Peebler

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1.
04:00
Star light, oh star light, I can barely see Star light, oh star light, you're not enough for me Moon beam, oh moon beam, don't you know Moon beam, my moon beam, I can't take your glow And I go inside for another day Waiting For sunshine to come my way Cloudy skies, oh cloudy skies, why are you here Cloudy skies, oh cloudy skies, you're what I feared Rain drops, oh sweet rain drops, makes me feel worse Rain drops, oh rain drops, you don't quench my thirst And I go inside for another day Waiting For sunshine to come my way Sunshine, please come to me Sunshine, you're what I need Sunlight...thank God you're here Sunlight...pour down on me Pour down on me Pour down on me Pour down on me And I stay outside all day long I follow her light until she’s gone
2.
See the canoe man Follow the river bend Under the concrete and steel bridge The winter chill disappears Murky waters, ripples of blue-grey sky Background rumble of the city grind Lean over the water, to get the most light Take a deep breath, Spring is here Lean over the water, to get the most light Take a deep breath, Spring is here Ripples round man-made rocks Pathway to the shore Caution sign, tiny words Dog prints in the mud Few dead leaves still on the branches Left over from heaven Lean over the water, to get the most light Take a deep breath, Spring is here Lean over the water, to get the most light Take a deep breath, Spring is here Follow the river bend Follow the river bend Follow the river bend Follow the river bend
3.
Never mind the things that we said Let's start back on page one Rewind back to the start Reset our hearts with this switch I found on the wall of your room And I close my eyes when you close yours Imagine what I'll find on page two After we rewrite page one Ink's dark from the pressure of our hearts Still nothing can erase the past And I never stopped And you never stopped Even when we did And you never stopped And I never stopped Even when the world did Never mind the odds seem stacked Starting over's not starting new Page three comes easier for us still Our little story won't end just yet No matter what happened before And I never stopped And you never stopped Even when we did And I never stopped And you never stopped Even when we did And you never stopped And I never stopped Even when the world did
4.
02:41
No voice Not heard Un known Back room Look away Polite afraid Why walk away? Something to say? I am here Hear me speak In a thousand ways More than you think With barely a sound Look at what I can say Open your eyes and Hear me No fancy words A simple nod A nervous smile Words take a while When everything Seems normal at first For me it's Climbing Everest I am here Hear me speak In a thousand ways More than you think With barely a sound Look at what I can say Open your eyes and Hear me I am here Hear me speak In a thousand ways More than you think With barely a sound Look at what I can say Open your eyes and Hear me
5.
(free) 03:53
Grab the ropes, let’s dock the boat We got no fish today The oil’s done come, that well blew us to hell Come on, let’s send the men home A hundred storms, we’ve steered through Could fish another day The oil’s done come, done what no storm’s ever done Come on, let’s send the men home Help us, they asked and paid We tried to clean for days The oil’s done come, most of it’s still there Come on, let's send the men home We’ll rebuild, but our hope is dim It’ll cost us dearly The oil’s done come, big business was won Come on, let’s send the men home Grab the ropes, let’s dock the boat We got no fish today The oil’s done come, that well blew us to hell We'll stay, this is our home
6.
02:09
On the Street, another Tweet Pulling strings, or other things Doing it for the home team God bless the Company Man Shaking hands, behind our backs Building cred, taking our stash Doing it for the bonus plan God bless the Company Man Fundraiser ends, proxy vote in Congressman does it all for him Doing it in time for Q4 God bless the Company Man Dignity damned, budget scraped Women and children get the empty plate Doing it for a little higher share God bless the Company Man One day he's let go, downsized he's been told Sacrificed, for the dream So he's been told God help the Company Man God help the Company Man
7.
02:54
I'm on the train See the city outside Feel the city in here I must have dozed off Did I miss my stop? On this evening train I see my reflection On the dirty window And that's when it all came clear I don't know who I am Don't know where I'm going Don't know where I'm from Don't know nothing at all I know one thing I'm on the train Just a few people left All makin' their way home At least you're next to me Do you know who I am? You know where we're going? You know what year this is? You grin at first Play along for moment Sorry, you're a stranger to me I don't know who I am Don't know where I'm going Don't know where I'm from Don't know nothing at all I know one thing I'm on the train Some clues in my pocket As I read what's in my wallet Maybe this ID will help I see a familiar face Still can't really place it This belongs to someone else The train stops again And the others get off I'm the last to go I don't know who I am Don't know where I'm going Don't know where I'm from Don't know nothing at all I know one thing I'm on the train The train finally stops As the night descends The door's the last thing I see As my life comes to an end And I step off the train Maybe somebody'll recognize me
8.
02:48
I can run I can hide I can pretend I'm not alive I can stand I can live I can learn to love again I can stand I can live I can learn to love again
9.
03:49
Through the window, waving hands Honk the horn, long drive ahead Homesick before I turn To the highway Follow the road, to Chicago Where I'll go back, to my life And write a letter To thank you for everything I said, I'll see you soon Was this the last time? I should have said goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Goodbye, goodbye, forever goodbye Sitting at work, doing their work Wondering if everyone else Feels light years from the Ones they love Rent is late, bills pile up Focus now, to survive somehow Slowly my memory of you fades To a nearly empty white page I said, I'll see you soon Was this the last time? I should have said goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Goodbye, goodbye, forever goodbye We were family, and we were friends But the future all depends On when where and how We see each other again Last words spoken, last to remember Last thing we did, or never did And that's what bothers me More than anything I said, I'll see you soon Was this the last time? I should have said goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Goodbye, goodbye, forever goodbye Forever goodbye Forever goodbye Forever goodbye
10.
02:26
All it takes is One word One hope One thing To keep our heads up high All it takes is A simple goal A simple need A simple mold To keep ourselves in line All it takes is A family of friends A family of one A family of those Who keep us doing the right thing Let's be careful with our time here Because we don't have forever All it takes is A moment to falter A moment to pause here A moment to lose it all At the wrong place At the wrong time All it takes is Pick yourself up Pick up the end Pick up your friends Cause they'd do it for you All it takes is Believe in yourself Believe in your friends Believe there's good in all those who have been All it takes is One word One hope One thing To keep our heads up high

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Thanks for checking out my first album, Follow the River Bend. Getting this music out there is fulfilling a life-long dream! Thank you for your time -- I hope you will support this, at least Like it and Tweet it, and Share it with friends. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments! Please visit www.simeonpeebler.com for the latest updates and more music! Be sure to check out my more recent releases on Bandcamp and my website.

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released November 1, 2011

Words and Music by Simeon Peebler

Engineered by Rick Riggs

Recorded at Handwritten Recording. Chicago, IL.

Special thanks: to Kirsten, Luke and Hercules -- for supporting and encouraging this project at all times and always the right times; to my friends for listening to rough mixes and coming out to see me at the Chicago Songsalive! Showcase; and to Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music for helping me become a better songwriter.

Cover photograph and design by Simeon Peebler
(Pictured: the Chicago River on the Belmont Street bridge)

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Songwriter Simeon "Simon" Peebler lives in Chicago and he won't stop writing songs.

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