Down to the River - Deux Montagnes

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I wrote this song for my sister... for a special birthday. It goes back in time to Two Mountains, Quebec, Canada — not far from Montreal. It was a wonderful place to grow up and is still a great place to live for those who stayed. Work and life pulled my sister and me to different corners of the country, but we’ve never forgotten where we came from. In the lyrics, I’m thinking about the days as kids when we would bike down to the train bridge (the one shown), where the Lake of Two Mountains flows into the Mille Isles River.

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DOWN TO THE RIVER - Deux Montagnes

Here comes Time again, interfering
Making us fishtail, lose our steering
Dragging us way too fast
To wherever we’re going

When the world comes raging in
And it looks like it might be caving in
We go back to a favorite place
To the lake, the old bridge, and the river flowing

Push, buy, pull, sell - shoved in our faces
How’s that gonna make things right?
Where do we go to shake off the load
Find ourselves a little light?

We go down to the river
Down to the river we go
Down, down to the river
Me and my sister
Down to the river

We’ll stay until
Time stands still
We know it will
So down to the river we go

Life moves fast
We’ll go slow
Make the moments last
Down to the river we go

Sometimes when I call
It’s just to hear your voice
If I don’t say much
It’s still good to be in touch
And share some thoughts

I guess it’s better than nothing
Sending words across the miles
But I like it best when we decide
To get on our bikes and ride, ride, ride
In our minds

Down to the river
Down to the river we go ~ we’re going back
Down, down to the river
Me and my sister
Down to the river

Dreaming in color under blue skies
Believing in magic, pretending to fly
Where the world gets simplified
Down to the river we go ~ yeah

Life moves fast ~ so fast, so fast
We’ll go slow ~ a little bit slower
Make the moments last
Down to the river we go

Down, down, down
Where the lake meets the river
Where the lake flows into the river.

Who knows when we’ll be together?
Who says we’re even apart?
Live every minute
Share what’s in it
Store it in our hearts ~ and always go

Down to the river
Down to the river we go
Where the lake flows into the river
Me and my sister always together
We’ll stay until
Time stands still.

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released October 1, 2020
Production: Jon Hemingway and Gary Griffin
Main Vocals: Jon Hemingway
Backup Vocals: Jon Hemingway and Gary Griffin

Photo courtesy R.B. Dabas

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