You Can’t Rewind…

You Can’t Rewind A River

Music & lyrics by Frances Livings, music by Greg Porée © 2005

Whenever I have to reflect on things
or get my inner life straight
I sit down by the water
just gaze, sometimes simply wait
It may be a river, a pond or the sea
but it softly talks and says to me:

1. Life is not a gentle ripple
on the surface of a pond
it’s an endlessly flowing river
always having to move on
I have wanted to stop,
I’ve wanted to hide
but deep down inside I know –

That you can’t rewind a river
or make it flow back from the sea
water drops will fall down not up
and the past won’t come back to me
You can’t stop the tide from coming in
or rain from pouring down
and no matter how slow some waters go
a river has got to flow

2. Life can have the energy
of waves about to crash
it lifts the seas, the oceans
but then dissolves into a crystal splash
I have felt so let down
afraid I would drown
but deep down inside – I know –

That you can’t rewind a river, no
or make it flow back from the sea
water drops will fall down not up
and the past won’t come back to me
You can’t stop the tide from coming in
or rain from pouring down
and no matter how slow some waters go
a river has got to flow

3. Life can be a waterfall
when incidents occur too fast
tumbling like a sudden avalanche
and you never know how long it lasts
I want to press pause,
preventing the flow
but deep down inside I know –

That you can’t rewind a river
or make it flow back from the sea
water drops will fall down not up
and the past won’t come back to me
You can’t stop the tide from coming in
or rain from pouring down
and no matter how slow some waters go
a river has got to flow

Because you can’t rewind a river
and water always finds it’s path
it will flow through cracks and crevises
but never flow back to the past
So as long as I keep moving on
don’t give up or just hit pause
My river will be flowing
and I will stay my course

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