The River Always Wins (feat. Mark Erelli)

from The Hammer & The Heart by Susan Cattaneo

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Written by Susan Kean Cattaneo and Mark Erelli
Rockin’ Fairy Music (ASCAP), Hillbilly Pilgrim Music (ASCAP)



At the diner downtown, old timers sit around
Talk about the flood of ‘42
How they watched from higher ground, as the water took it down
Like a verse from the bible coming true

After losing everything, you could hear the hammers ring
As they built it all back up again
The mill wheels turned, and they kneeled in church
Washed of all their sins
But the river always wins

I come down from the mountain
Like judgement from on high
Going home to the ocean
And I don’t give a damn
About the dreams of man
And I won’t be denied

Boys with fishing poles and born again souls
Lovers with their hearts ablaze
I’ve always been there, for the lonely in despair
I took a few in my dark embrace

I’ve seen the mills pull out and the jobs go south
It ain’t ever been the same way since
For all the things they try to change, I will always remain
I’ll be damned but I won’t give in
Cause the river always wins



from The Hammer & The Heart, released August 25, 2017

Susan Cattaneo: lead vocals
Mark Erelli: acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, background vocals
Jim Henry: electric guitar
Jesse Williams: bass
Marco Giovino: drums


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