Down On The River

from Because We Didn't Look Back by Jacob Earl

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down on the river
she sat out on the raft
the current
had her trapped

she didn’t seem to fight it
she didn’t seem to care
i wondered if she noticed
i wondered if
i could make it there
in time in time
in time in time

my feet felt frozen
frozen to the ground
i lifted with all my might
like lead they fell back down
to the ground

but somehow I moved forward
like in slow motion
movies at the drive in
the monster’s creeping
out of the lagoon

i won’t get there in time
before it rips her in two...
what can I do?
what can I do?

and all of sudden I’m lunging
cold and wet
and gasping
and reaching out
and grasping without even thinking

i haul her back to land
up the bank, through the scrub
i lay her on the sand
i tilt her head back
and hold her, lifeless
in my hands
hold her lifeless in my hands
hold her lifeless in my hands

my mouth feels dry
everything empties out before my eyes
i slowly stand up and walk away
i wish i could forget this day
i wish i could forget this day...


from Because We Didn't Look Back, released December 27, 2005




Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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