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Thanks for listening to "Rivers." This is an adventure; it's good to be recording again. We can't promise much, but we can say this: 12 songs, 12 weeks. We're itching to play these songs for you. If the lousy (unqualified) sound engineers at Stark Naked Records can't get the sound quite right, please forgive them. We're new at this.


The band's favorite lyric:

"From the flowers of the dust
to the wreckage and the rust
And the war of the heart being won."

Notes^ML:

This song was written and completed in the fall of 2011. The chorus lyric "If I was a man who's rivers were nameless" came into my head one cold fall afternoon on a walk back home through the streets of Hyde Park. It wasn't a song that lingered - it came and left quickly. Sometimes I imagine that my muses are coffee beans and days off, so that when I go to read in a cafe I always keep a handy blank notebook in my tote. When I got back home from my walk I sat down to write the lyrics to "Rivers" in their entirety. The tune isn't anything too special, just something to highlight the verse.

It's easy to imagine that had circumstances been more forgiving we'd all be better, more interesting people.

lyrics

If I was a man whose rivers were nameless
I'd beat back those holdin' me down
But today I am afraid that my voice, it is raised
Not in courage, or hope, but in doubt -

If I was a man whose chords were yet unwritten
The sound, an etherial first.
But symphonies and operas and cannon balls and pop songs
Are enough to kill my thirst

If I was a man whose rivers were nameless
Whose paths were yet untrodden
Whose chords were plucked anew
With curious abandonment we'd head out on the road
To be young --
Oh, to hope for somethin' true.

If I was a man whose clouds were all blameless
My faults, they could rest in my heart
But as sunshine fades into the haze -
I'm inclined to say "I had no part".

If I was a man, among men, among women
Among untainted eyes saw a world being born
From the flowers of the dust to the wreckage and the rust -
And the war of the heart being won.

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from 12 Songs, 12 Weeks, track released April 13, 2012
Rivers
Written by Marcus Lohrmann
Performed by Buckman Page
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered by Stark Naked Records
Artwork/Design by John Williamson

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Buckman Page Chicago, Illinois

From belting vocal presence to passionate lyricism, from rhythmic precision and elegance to powerfully sweeping guitar solos, BP presents an engaging sound both in their recordings and live performances that is straight forward, charming, and alive. Their music is raw, clear, and full of hope. ... more

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