Okkervil River - Down Down The Deep River Lyrics




Spit into the center of your hometown, there are leaves in the street,
and there are friends around you now. All the days of your life in a line.
All the way it seemed by 89...

But it's not all right. It's not even close to all right.

Down a hall in your house, down a road in December
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)
Down a hall in your house, down a road in December
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)

We lie awake at night in a tent and I say,
Tell me about your uncle and his friend
because they seem like very bad men.
Well we oughtta keep away from them.
Bend in the road back there, we saw the place to go.
Tell me 'bout the greatest show or the greatest movie you know
or the greatest song that you taped from off the radio.
Play it again and again it cuts off at the ending though.
Tell me I'm always gonna be your best friend.
Now you said it one time, why don't you say it again?
All the way down the line to where the telephone ends
come on and shout it on down the wire.

And it's not all right.
It's not even close to all right.

Down a hall in your house, down a road in December
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)
Down a hall in your house, down a road in December
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)

And as the rescue party, the volunteer team ah,
they're just kids of eighteen, and it's the worst thing
they've seen they're standing all around that tree,
and I'm so sorry that I can't stop crying.

(Oh, I know.)

Shivering from the late fall cold,
I felt like a solid ghost.
I ran and then I couldn't slow.
My father found me though, my father took me home.
He said, Oh, son, I saw you get knocked down,
and I ran out I bet your head was spinning.
With that bright pain you stunned,
when you've only just begun to be only just beginning.
Tossed in the viper pit, all those feelings and fears,
and all that difficult shit in all those tender years.
There was something in the air; something gathered in the air.
Something singing in the wind.

I'll be your fighter and you'll be my mirror.
And you'll be all right because I'll be right here.
Oh kid, now I'm not going anywhere.
I swear I'll try to not be going anywhere.

Though it's not all right. It is so far from all right.
We'll make it into a choice somehow.
I don't know, but you'll have a choice somehow.

Down a hall in your house, down a road in December
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)
We can never go back; we can only remember
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)

Maybe they told you 'bout the summer sky,
maybe they said there's a great gold spirit in the summer sky
or all your friends (all your best, best friends)
are gonna gather around your bed at night.
Well that'll make it all right because it is still so far from all right. Oh, kid, I know.

Down a hall in your house, down a road in December
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)
Up the stairs four flights, son; can you feel my heart shiver?
(Down, down, down the deep river, down, down, down the deep river)
Wakin' in the dawn with that dream getting dimmer and dimmer.

I said, Are we going down the deep river? Down the deep river?
Why don't you say you still see it, say you remember? Are we going down?
Are we going down the deep river? Because I know it's scary, baby.





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  1. multinez

    Incredible track. Didn't realize Obama had it on his playlist.

  2. PAUL SANDOR

    This song! Plus The Velocity of Saul, Westfall, For Real, Black, Unless it Kicks, Lost Coastlines... all the way to Famous Tracheotomies (this list, just scratching the surface.) How many great songs can one man write?! Thanks Will

  3. John Gonzalez

    Prime video brought me here

  4. user183

    I've always wondered if the album art was meant to look like Newfound Lake considering Sheff grew up in Meriden

  5. Hallie Boyer

    god i love this song!

  6. moooooofy

    fealty to the gods of indie rock before everybody decided to rip it's soul out

  7. robert shelton

    19 people drowned

  8. Random Random

    i'm not here because obama.

  9. LOL Train

    I see Sully listening to this, as he was landing the plane on the Hudson. Don't get me wrong. I thought it was a good movie. Just would have been way better if this was playing when he landed the plane. It's a true story. You think he wasn't at least humming this as he landed

  10. Stephanie medrano

    One of the best songs I've heard in recent years. Definitely hear bowie in this

  11. i huff paint

    I'm 12 and this is great reminds me of driving home on a dark empty road jamming out to this band and singing along with my uncle ( he introduced me ) and all the great times I had and am still having with him idk what it is about this song but it just has a strange aura of bringing back memories. Along with that all their other songs are great and will is a amazing song writer and human being all together. Love this.

  12. Justine S. Harrison

    sounds like Smiths to me, no?

  13. wbfree

    I've been meaning to stop by to say how incredibly awesome this song is too. It is an awesome song. Thank you.

  14. Kevin Schultz

    This is one of the greatest songs by one of the greatest bands (my opinion, but it's right) of the past couple decades. Amazed that after 10+ years and 7+ albums they can come out with something so beautiful and brilliant.

    alpastor666

    you can tell by how wide the appeal has been

  15. Glenn Moore

    Just found this group. Wonderful stuff!!

  16. kenscapes

    Great song. extremely sad tho. praying for kids

  17. jota santana

    What a playlist, President Obama!!!

  18. Matt

    thank you based obama

  19. Josh Stupple

    Obama brought me here

    riseandgrind

    my fave was The Sonora Carusel one

    Unregistered HyperCam 2

    Gotta say, the man's got good taste in music

  20. Tolschack

    These lyrics are amazing - Will Sheff is better than Bruce Springsteen as a lyricist..Does anyone know what this song is about?

    B. Hussein

    I heard this track off a mix cd my mom had playing. I like it too, good music. She told me that the song is about a childhood friend who was molested as a boy (his uncle I think) and finally told all his friends, they rallied around him trying to help him come to terms and get better emotionally after living with the trauma for so long.

    Not sure if that is true or not, but its a hell of a story regardless. The lyrics are pretty powerful. 

    Tolschack

    Wow, thanks Justin - it makes sense now, how  "it is so far from alright"  - how could anything be right after something like that? ..until the end when he is surrounded by his friends -  I just love the part about being best friends, and he says, "you said it once, why won't you say it again..?"  You really get the sense of someone isolating and his bewildered friend trying to break through  - it is just haunting.

    B L Zebubba

    @Justin Rogers: sounds like you may have a cool mom - is she?

    Joshua Clay

    @J Paul Your mom sounds awesome.

  21. Allison Smith

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG!!!!! I can't hear it enough times. The whole CD is great, too, but this one stands out for me big time.