From the album From the Stillhouse

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Lyrics

Where the Water Runs Black

It’s cold as hell come winter and the floods run in the spring
And the junebugs sing a summer tune and it drowns out everything And the lilacs match her purple hair and every song she sings
Lord, it drowns out everything

Now I’ve seen the sky turn red not unlike blood runs through a vein Where she led me ‘cross the water through those fields of barley grain And in that broken beat up shack she swore she’d take away my pain Like blood runs through a vein

And if you wanted I could take you
I walked that road ‘til the water runs black
I loved that woman but she left me lonely
She broke my heart, lord, she never turned back

The night time brought the frost and the morning brought the rain And when I looked about the room I found my hurt it still remained For that little love of mine was lost and my heart could not abstain From the hurt that still remained

I lost sight of all that spoke to me and I fell beyond the pines Washed my hands clean in the river, let the water clear my mind But when I awoke to find my hands were darker than the wine
I just fell beyond the pines

(chorus)

She saw them bright lights and tried to follow
And in the darkness those lights called her back
I know she’s out there somewhere beneath the hollow
Where the river runs the mountain side and the darkness keeps it black
If you wanted I could take you
We’ll walk that road ‘til the water runs black
I loved that woman but she left me lonely
Oh, that woman broke my heart and lord she never did turn back