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Quiet River Of Dust Vol​.​2: That Side of the River

by Richard Reed Parry

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-- Lyrics -- I was alone, I was finally home Left in the sand by the sea Lost to the day and the travelling waves Parents asleep on the beach Lost in the waves, I was lost to the day Drawn down by undersea breeze The forests and caves that are under the waves Saltwater breathing through me So I swam farther, I dove into the blue and the green And what I found there was a quiet world waiting for me I was amazed and then I was a wave Grew a gill and two glittering fins I can breathe, I can hear, I can move without fear And I love everything that I see So I'll be fine here, I have everything that I could need And when they find me, there'll be nothing resembling me I've swum away I've swum away I've swum away I’ve swum away I’ve swum away
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In A Moment 04:50
-- Lyrics -- I could stay here I could be still And be here, still In a moment There’s a tremble In the body Moving always Moving always Body’s made of Moving water Rushing outwards Moving always Words are floating In the water Try and catch them In a sentence, in a moment Cloud is made of Floating water Moving slowly Moving always Moving slowly Moving slowly Moving slowly Moving slowly
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-- Lyrics -- On an endless shore Seventeen years old Singing on your own To the village stones They called me, where’d you go? They called me, I don’t know They called me, where was I? And I don’t need this face, I don’t need this mind But still she sings to me at night (Find me now) Standing at the edge (Find me now) At the edge of the sea Salt water breathing through me And you wanna know Where did I go? When I was three years old (No direction, give me a direction) On an endless shore (No direction, give me a direction) Home, where does a small child go When there’s nobody home? Where did I go? You go out on your own Like a small wordless poem Leave the village in stones Make the voices your own Go free Go free Home Home
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-- Lyrics -- It’s all around you They finally found you The living reminds you Time’s not behind you It’s all around you Around you Picture a photo They’re all around you Father behind you There, all around you Sing, they will hear you Sing, they are near you It’s all around you! It’s all around you Around you Around you Around you Around you Around you Where the river begins
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-- Lyrics -- The sound of voices I followed with devotion Rains in motion, so much emotion It all got lost in the sound of the ocean I was there And there was a wave It’s a long way back It’s so long, it’s so long, way back Is love an ocean, or cups of emotion? I was alone And caught in motion, a cup in the ocean
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-- Lyrics -- Throw a cup of water into the sea Let it sink into the depths Then find it for me Climb up to the highest place Songbirds can see Will you recognize my face? Now it’s set free Then Then you will see me again Then you will see Have you met my mother there Frantic and kind? Have you heard my father sing Of older times? Have you seen my sister go Bicycling by? Tell them that I’m older now And tell them I’m fine Then tell them they’ll see me again Tell them they’ll see me again Tell them they’ll see me again Tell them they’ll see me I’m floating here, it’s perfectly clear This river unseen Dissolves the form to which I was born in fiddlers’ green The water bends, reflects where it ends, the river of song I’ll sing a line and hear them reply In currents so strong Then Then we will see you again Then we will see you again Then we will see you again Then we will see you
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-- Lyrics -- I hear you I hear you
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-- Lyrics -- White sheets sailing on the line Yellow ribbons of your mind Spring has risen, all’s forgiven Leave this shell behind But if you don’t sing, nobody knows And where would all your music go? Drops of water in the river, lost but not alone It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back A long way home
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-- Lyrics -- Long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way back It’s a long way home It’s a long way back

about

The first volume of Quiet River of Dust was released on the autumn equinox of 2018; this second volume, out on the summer solstice of 2019, was created at the same time. (It was supposed to come out on the spring equinox, but got bumped because Parry and designer Tracey Maurice had to wait for salt crystals to grow on the artwork to create wave caps and mountaintops—do not underestimate Parry’s attention to detail.) Both volumes bleed into one another, by design. “It feels like a multi-sided window to me,” says Parry, “a different view into this prismatic song world.” Japanese folk myths, death poems and British folk music are tributaries flowing into a river of late-20th century avant-garde composition and traditional song craft, written and performed by a member of a Grammy-winning rock band. This is a meditative, widescreen musical experience with Beach Boy harmonies and a hypnotic pulse. Layered songs that move in a linear fashion, following a current rather than circular composition.

The two halves of Quiet River of Dust are meant to represent each side of that river. Vol. 2: That Side of the River is more interior, says Parry, dealing with the murky waters of memory and the unconscious mind. The elegiac opener is a soft fanfare featuring his father’s former bandmates. That bleeds into “Lost in the Waves,” a story about a boy who goes to the ocean with his parents; they fall asleep on the beach, he walks into the ocean “and transforms in some magical, nebulous way,” says Parry. “What separates us from dissolving into the experience around us? It’s a feeling I’ve definitely had many times, where the boundaries of self and world are permeable to the point of disorientation. So much of this record is about being this young person in an older people’s world of music and song, this folk music community where the torch is passed, and losing my father at a young age, and being completely disoriented by that. This record, the songs are also referencing that nebulous psychic territory when you lose your most familiar world, when the village of your childhood disappears and you try to relocate yourself in a different one.”

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released June 21, 2019

2019 Richard Reed Parry under exclusive license to Secret City Records Inc.

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