By the River

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By the River
by Anna Fritz

chorus:
Meet me by the river
where they won’t hear our voices.
Lately there’s been trouble
and we can’t be too careful.

Your people came here begging.
We offered you a home.
I took you in to my own bed,
I loved you as my own.

CHORUS

I heard them on their horses,
riding in the stream.
They lay two women down with hatchets
in a bloody nightmare dream.

CHORUS

This forest is my body,
the raging stream my blood.
You can drag me off or kill me dead
but I belong to this here mud.

CHORUS

Your people took my elders,
my sisters and my child.
If you have any love left for me
you’ll let them all run wild.

CHORUS

outro:
This land is my only home.
My body, of sand and stone.
I eat from the fertile ground.
The ground eats when I lay me down. X2

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from On A High Hill, released October 14, 2016

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Anna Fritz Portland, Oregon

Anna Fritz is a cellist and folksinger based in Portland, Oregon. She has released two solo albums: Wake (2005) and The Gospel of Tree Bark (2013), which explores themes of spirituality, gender identity, and connection to the natural world. Her work combines rich layers of cello with lyrics sung in a clear, simple vocal style. ... more

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