The chorus for "The River" arrived quite unexpectedly one sunny, summer afternoon. A group of us, were out for a ride with a beachcomber who had recovered a very large log. He was towing his find down the Fraser River to deliver it. We were invited to jump aboard the little tug and go along for the ride. The log was so large that some of us decided to stand on it and ride it down river; what an amazing feeling! The flow of the river and the sound of the water rippling around the log set up a rhythm and a melody that became the seed of the song "The River".
Our rivers feed us, provide us with the water of life, give us hydro power, offer us unlimited recreational possibilities, delight us , thrill us and fill us with awe all at the same time. "The River" focuses on three main rivers in the province: the Fraser River, the Columbia River and the Skeena. With so many gorgeous rivers to choose from you will have to forgive us if we didn't include your favorite river in the song. Every river is a wonder; every choice is a winner so we hope you enjoy our tribute to our rivers.
Written by: Laurie Thain and Gord Maxwell
I wanna go where the river takes me
Trust where it goes
See what it knows
Take an endless ride
Let the water be my guide
And let it all go – flow river flow.
Shooting through the canyon
Jagged rocks and chilling spray
My heart is pounding in my chest
White water rapids are spinning me around
As the mighty Fraser puts me to the test.
‘Round a bend on the Skeena
Down along the gravel bar
I see fishermen all lined up on the shore
The salmon are all running and today might be the day
They hook the big one they’re all looking for.
Winding down from the Rockies
The Columbia rolls through
A wide forest valley lush and green
As my paddle breaks the silence and the ripples swirl and fade
I’m amazed at the places I have been.
Tag: I wanna go, flow river flow.
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