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​James River Incident

This song is by Steve Wynn and appears on the album Pick of the Litter (1999) and on the compilation album What I Did After My Band Broke Up (2005).

After 47 days they left well enough alone
The cops and the reporters have all gone home
All that's left is legend and stories to be told

Tired of all the questions, tired of all the calls
Tired of explaining myself against the wall
Funny how tragedy brings out the best in everyone

Standing on the shoreline, burning candles in the rain
I don't want to hear that garbage anymore
Watching all the flowers as they're rolling down the james
The dead can rest forever more if the creek don't rise again

Love burns brightest all dressed up in black
With summertime just around the bend
You handle your grief and I'll deal with mine
We'll all get along just fine (ch)

After 47 days they left well enough alone
The cops and the reporters have all gone home
All that's left is legend and stories to be told

And I know that they're out there, I know they're watching me
And they wait for me to give myself away
But there's just a few secrets between the river and me (ch)