Where The River Goes

by Northern Strangers

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released September 4, 2015

Northern Strangers:

Dan Graul - Guitar/Bass/Harmonica/Vocals
Rebecca Norris - Keyboard/Synth/Vocals
Will Norris - Bass/Guitar/Vocals
Jonathan Santin - Drums/Vocals

Produced by Antoine Arvizu
All tracks Recorded and Mixed at The Compound Studio - Long Beach, CA*
*Tracks 1 and 7 recorded at ES Audio - Glendale, CA

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Northern Strangers Los Angeles, California

Northern Strangers formed in 2010, out of a collective love for classic psychedelic rock music. The members’ varied musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to jazz to reggae to folk, provide a distinct flavor of psychedelic fun. In 2013 they independently released their debut album MONSTERS! -A folk rock concept piece called “smooth, energetic, romantic, fun, and thought provoking” ... more

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Track Name: The River Pt. 1: Fossils
How long since the hot, hot sun caressed my skin
How long since the rain fell soft and cool
How long since I seen another one of my kind
No familiar face but mine
When I drink from the river
I can see myself wither
I had a dream last night of bones in a hill side, bones in a hillside
But the sky is harder than the cold, cold ground
Oh, I'll lay me down
I think I'll lay me down
Choking clouds of smoke corrupt the precious air
Scavengers are scattered in my wake
How long since the soil beneath my feet gave way
Swallowed all by black and grey
A planet in waiting
And the colors are fading
had a dream last night of bones in a hill side, bones in a hillside
But the sky is harder than the cold, cold ground
Oh, I'll lay me down
I think I'll lay me down
A planet in waiting
And the colors are fading
had a dream last night of bones in a hill side, bones in a hillside
But the sky is harder than the cold, cold ground
Oh, I'll lay me down
I think I'll lay me down
And the children yet to be
Wonder what's become of me
Track Name: The River Pt. 2: I Go
I'm not sailing
I'm along for the ride
I'm not failing
To let the current decide

And there's no turning back
I'm happy where I'm at
This path is mine and it's fine

And where the river goes I go
And I relinquish all control
For there is no ship that can bear me hence

I'm beginning
To believe in the strange
I am singing
All the praises of change

And there's no turning back
I'm happy where I'm at
This path is mine and it's fine

And where the river goes I go
And I relinquish all control
For there is no ship that can bear me hence
Track Name: Feel Your Way
Life is just happening
It sure don't wait
You better jump in
Or lose your way

And when your up is down
And when your in is out
Just feel your way
Just feel your way
And when you hear that sound
That brings your thoughts around
Just feel your way
Feel it go away

I have a feeling
Like going away
I am just healing
In my own way

And when your up is down
And when your in is out
Just feel your way
Just feel your way
And when you hear that sound
That brings your thoughts around
Just feel your way
Feel it go away
Track Name: The River Pt. 3: Forces
Forces pushing and pulling on me
People struggling to simply be
Time, time
Saving up nickels and dimes
Let go
Like water we must learn to flow

Don't be afraid
Afraid to feel
It's time to move on
Yes, it's time to heal
I know, I know

Searching, looking for sometihng that's strong
But the truth is, you know and you've known all along
Trust the love of the matter that's powering you
No one holds the power to judge you, but you

Don't be afraid
Afraid to feel
It's time to move on
Yes, it's time to heal
False evidence appearing real
Don't be afraid
Yes, it's time to heal
I know, I know
Track Name: O, My Love
We met my love on American soil one orange colored day
We fused like candlewax, knowing full well that you were bound away
One and two and three little weeks, we could chart the passing time
But one and two and three and four could return no love ot mine

No my love, but an ocean lies between of beasts and bones and sky
There's unknown danger hiding in the water below
And the sea she don't listen to me when I try to ask her why
Oh my love how could i ever know
That I'd never ever live to see the wicked, wicked west wind blow

Our crew was true and our ship is was too, as we sailed that summer day
Through crests of strong, white water we fought and my heart was swept away
One and two and three hard weeks til we reached our native shore
But one and two my mind with you, my heart could hurt no more

No my love, but an ocean lies between of beasts and bones and sky
There's unknown danger hiding in the water below
And the sea she don't listen to me when I try to ask her why
Oh my love how could i ever know
That I'd never ever live to see the wicked, wicked west wind blow

All my letters wandered away, saltwater mixed with tears
Til one day I finally begged you return and ease my fears
One and two and three lonely nights til your ship would leave the shore
But one, two, three in the dead of night was too much to ask you for

No my love, but an ocean lies between of beasts and bones and sky
There's unknown danger hiding in the water below
And the sea she don't listen to me when I try to ask her why
Oh my love how could i ever know
That I'd never ever live to see the wicked, wicked west wind blow

I set sail through nightfall/They couldn't see the rocks waiting in the dark
I heard close your heart's call/I coudln't see the dark swallowing my hopes
I'll fight through this damned see/I didn't know the cost when I let you go
Our love won't be lost into this wild blue mystery/How could I know?

No my love, but an ocean lies between of beasts and bones and sky
There's unknown danger hiding in the water below
And the sea she don't listen to me when I try to ask her why
Oh my love how could i ever know
That I'd never ever live to see the wicked, wicked west wind blow
Track Name: The End Is The Beginning
The dark is coming to a close
The river flows –
The sun is climbing over Jupiter
It shows - us where to go
Oh Oh Oh Oh
The light shines brightly even though
it long has died –
The bark is burned and black and still
the life it thrives - inside
Oh Oh Oh Oh

And when the truth is told
There's no where left to go
And when the truth is sold
You got no place left to hide

Doesn't if make you feel right
Walking around, it's all nice
All of the stars are in line
Waiting to treat you so fine
Well I don't know
You think you know the right time
Keeping the Kings on your mind
All of the stars are in line
Waiting to treat you so fine

Well I'm not sure

Our might is only matched by mountains
War drums play –
The birds of Neptune call upon
Our thoughts betray - our way
Oh Oh Oh Oh
A life a happening of circumstance
You're free –
We love but like the Gods before
We cannot keep – the peace
Oh Oh Oh Oh

And when the truth is told
There's no where left to go
And when the truth is sold
You got no place left to hide

Doesn't if make you feel right
Walking around, it's all nice
All of the stars are in line
Waiting to treat you so fine
Well I don't know
You think you know the right time
Keeping the Kings on your mind
All of the stars are in line
Waiting to treat you so fine
Well I'm not sure
Track Name: Miles And Miles
Got – miles and miles of technology
Got – plans on down the line
But we – can’t seem to find
What we’re looking for
Won’t you hold my hand
And help me understand
Cause I – can’t seem to land on what life is for

My life is a question
an open confession
I reach for connection
And you were waiting there too

If love was everything
And everything was love
We could – start to rise above and see what life is for
If we were everything
And everything was love
I was love and you were love
And we were one and we were all –
What life was for
We know what life is for


My life is a question
an open confession
I reach for connection
And you were waiting there too

Won’t you hold my hand
And teach me how to dance
And we can sing our minds
And try to find – what we're looking for
Love's what we're looking for