Nothing Better Than A River Life

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Lucy offers Vivian a new home aboard her shanty boat.

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SONG: NOTHING BETTER THAN A RIVER LIFE

LUCY
When you see a river, you just gotta cross over,
You can't wait to reach the other side.
But I see a river, I see a life-giver,
And a mighty fine place to live my life.

GABE
When you see a river, do you really see the river,
Or are you thinking how to build a bridge?
But this river, life-giver, gives me breakfast, lunch and
dinner,
This river's full of every kind of fish.

LUCY & GABE
Chorus:
Flathead, shovelnose and humpback buffalo,
I eat as well as any wealthy man!
Blue cat and mud cat, channel cat, big and fat,
My wealth is in the river, not the land.

GABE
There's just no way to measure all the joy and the
pleasure,
Getting dinner with some hooks and earthworm bait;
For all I need to dine is a rock and hooks and line,
Then I lay back in my boat and dream and wait.

LUCY
When you see a river, do you really see the water,
Or just a churning menace in your way?
But I know this muddy water gives me drum and gar
and sucker,
And keeps me full and happy all my days.

LUCY & GABE
Chorus:

There’s nothing so grand as catfish in a pan,
And you're floating in your boat at eventide.
Full moon shining on the stream, frogs and crickets
sing,
There's nothing better than a river life!

Chorus:

credits

from Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical, released May 22, 2014
Deb Jewett - Lucy, Willie Cogshell - Gabe
Cathy Barton – banjo, Dave Para – guitar, David Wilson – fiddle, Kevin Hennessy – upright bass

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Gumbo Bottoms Band and Cast Boonville, Missouri

"Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical" was inspired by stories of people who lived and worked along the Missouri River. Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts, a community organization in Boonville, Missouri, sponsored the development of the musical, the premiere in 2008, the regional tour and this studio recording. ... more

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