“The Cool, Cool River”

Videos by American Songwriter


“And I believe in the future
We shall suffer no more
Maybe not in my lifetime
But in yours I feel sure
Song dogs barking at the break of dawn
Lightning pushes the edges
of a thunderstorm

And these streets
Quiet as a sleeping army
Send their battered dreams
to heaven, to heaven
For the mother’s restless son

Who is a witness to, who is a warrior
Who denies his urge to break and run
Who says: Hard times?
I’m used to them
The speeding planet burns
I’m used to that
My life’s so common it disappears
And sometimes even music
Cannot substitute for tears.”

– Paul Simon

Appears on the album The Rhythm of the Saints.
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