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July 28, 2021

South Canadian River Song

South Canadian River Song (1974)
written and performed by Michael Martin Murphy.

One of the most under-appreciated songs of all time is “South Canadian River Song”.  I mean, it’s presumptuous for me to say something so definitive.  It’s also a great album.

“South Canadian River Song”, in my mind, compares to “Crazy Eyes” by Poco. 

Having grown up next to the “South Canadian River the title was what intrigued me at first but after listening I thought it was much more than a song about a river. It was a song about the river of life.

Michael had to be on drugs or getting messages from God.  The song covers all genres of music, from it’s country origins it explodes into an classical piano barrage that brings the ending into a completely unrivaled masterpiece.  It’s long… but worth it.

Lyrics

Drink life one drop at a time – Time
Flow with the stream in your soul – Soul
Pour your soul in the river of life – Life
Rush to the ocean of God – God

There is song I sing in a dream
There is a flow I can feel in a stream
Up to my neck in the flood from the snow
Over my head is beyond what I know

So take me down south
Show me the way to the lighthouse
South Canadian Motion
Downstream there is an ocean

There is a saint in every snake
There is a lady in every lake
There can be hell in a waterfall
I believe there’s heaven after all

If you take me save me
What kind of stone would you make me
South Canadian I’m saved
A free flowing stream to a tidal wave

Drink life one drop at a time – Time
Flow with the stream in your soul – Soul
Pour your soul in the river of life – Life
Rush to the ocean of God – God

One Comment on “South Canadian River Song

Bob
August 5, 2021 at 5:19 am

Most of the songs I appreciate have great lyrics. It can’t get any better than “take life one drop at a time”.
If you pay attention and listen to the whole song (over 7 minutes) it truly is a magical..

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