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Lucy explains the threat of the flooding river.

lyrics

SONG: SPRING RISE

LUCY
It starts up north when the sun hits the snow, blankets of
white melt away;
What begins as a trickle through the rocks and the
trees,
Ends up a river at the close of the day.

The rains come down and add to the flow,
Til the river grows mighty and big;
She mingles, meanders, she puddles and pools,
And dances o'er the land like she's dancing a jig.

Chorus
Spring rise! It's spring rise! River's got to be free,
Spring rise! Spring rise! She won't simply let
you be.
You'd better not nap by her shore,
"fore you know it, that shore's no more.
Spring rise! It's spring rise! Spring rise!

Wade in the water on a hot afternoon,
Cooling the sweat on your brow;
Next day you'll be in that very same place.
Waist deep in water and you’re wondering how.

It's the river's own music, it's of rhythm and time,
And that's something we feel and we know;
We're part of that rhythm, we know that old tune,

And we dance along to that big muddy flow.

Chorus

credits

from Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical, released May 22, 2014
Lou Thompson - Lucy, Cathy Barton - chorus
Dave Para – guitar, David Wilson – fiddle, Kevin Hennessy – upright bass
Cathy Barton - banjo

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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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