Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Song of the River

        We are staying on the river this week be it the silver singing river of Bob Dylan's or the river of life in Leonard Cohen's Suzanne.There is the great Salmon River known as the River of No Return or share a moment with Shenandoah"s daughter on the great Missouri.So many feelings are stirred by these beautiful gifts.

River Song
Featured in that beautiful movie Marley and Me

Dennis Wilson
You can only see about a block or two
In L. A. that's the truth
I'm lookin' for some country life
Some kickin' room no more city life
I want the river

Rollin on River

Suzanne and the St Lawrence River 

Of all the great rivers in the World the St. Lawrence is the most remarkable. It constitutes by far the largest body of fresh water in the world. Including the lakes and streams, which it comprises in its widest acceptation, the St. Lawrence covers about 73,000 square miles.
  Leonard Cohen's  beautiful poetry was put together while spending the time of his youth and many hours of that was spent with Suzanne at her gypsy home on this river having tea and oranges.

Leonard Cohen

Suzanne takes you down
to her place near the river
you can hear the boats go by
you can spend the night beside her
And you know she’s half crazy

and she feeds you tea and oranges
that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
that you have no love to give her
then she gets you on her wavelength
and she lets the river answer
that you’ve always been her lover

Now Suzanne takes your hand
and she leads you to the river
she is wearing rags and feathers
from Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
on our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
among the garbage and flowers

Shenandoah and the Missouri River

The Missouri River drains one-sixth of the United States and encompasses 529,350 square miles. It flows 2,341 miles from the Rocky Mountains to its merging with the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri.
The basin is home to about 10 million people from 28 Native American tribes, 10 states (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming), and a small part of Canada.

Shenandoah Sissel

Salmon River or the River of No Return

Few places in America, and nowhere outside of Alaska, provide a Wilderness experience to match the sheer magnitude of the Salmon River often referred as "River of No Return",
    The Salmon River domninates central Idaho. Its source is in the Sawtooth Mountains. The river flows north through Stanley, then veers west into the Salmon Mountains and the Frank Church Wilderness to Riggins, Idaho. The section of River between North Fork and Riggins Idaho is aptly dubbed the River of No Return.The Salmon River was called “The River of No Return” back in the early days when boats could navigate down the river, but could not get back up through the fast water and numerous rapids.  The romantic name lives on today.

River of No Return Marilyn Monroe
This is in Memory of my Dad his Number One Song 
If you listen, you can hear it call
There is a river called the River of No Return
Sometimes it's peaceful, and sometimes wild and free.
Love is a traveler on the River of No Return.
Swept on forever to be lost in the stormy sea.

Tomorrow is a Long Time Bob Dylan

There's beauty in the silver, singin' river,
There's beauty in the rainbow in the sky,
But no one and nothing else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love's eyes.

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