Little Rivers Matter Too

by Luke Wallace

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released September 15, 2015

Violin/Voice - Katie Green
Piano/Voice - Karen Hefford
Upright Bass - Jen Hodge
Produced by Pherbie Midgley
Mastered by Brock McFarlane
Artwork by Alana Hansen

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Track Name: Non-Violent Anti-Petroleum Blues
Now I'm all for peace and for fighting with words
But if you ain't gonna listen then you're gonna get burned
I am a non violent anti-petroleum man
in my non violent anti petroleum band
If you care to join in we'll sing it louder than most
you stay outta my rivers get the hell off my coast

Cause I ain't goin' nowhere

Now I've told you once and i'll tell you again
Sooner or later this is all gonna end
With you packing up your things, leaving this town
And all that'll be left will be your little holes in the ground
And I'll fill em' in it's the least I could do
Thinking I'll plant a couple cedars maybe a spruce or two

Cause I ain't goin nowhere

Now I've had enough of your inconsiderate ways
Your twisted words and all the slithery things that you say
So come down from your castle way up in the sky
Put your feet in the dirt and lets look eye to eye
If you don't I'll build a ladder of all the people I've met
Come up and teach y'all a lesson you won't ever forget

I ain't going nowhere
Track Name: Little Rivers
Little rivers matter too
They need love like me and you

Maybe you'll find a little salmon in there, maybe you'll find a toad
Maybe you'll find a crab or two be sure to follow it where it goes
Pause for minute, go get lost within it, go wandering with the stream
Slow down, take your time and maybe you'll find

Little rivers matter too
They need love like me and you

If you take a second and just think about it
Even the biggest rivers under the sun
Are really just the product of a bunch of littler rivers
All coming together as one
I'm thinking it's about time that we all start doing the same
Quit pushing away the love, start embracing the change

Little rivers matter too
They need love like me and you
Track Name: Throw a Boat Down
Incase you haven't noticed or forgot to see
It's all one big coast looks connected to me
Never once does it end not even around Peru
It keeps us all together like me like you
I can feel it in the air, I can feel it in my feet
Feel it in the ocean, the salt water's sweet
I can hear it when the birds sing a beautiful song
Then the people stop fighting and they all get along
And then they fight for the clouds and fight for the tress
They fight for the ocean, they fight for the bees
They fight for each other and they fight for the land
And they never stop fighting till they've done what they can
Cause there ain't no planet B, no foreign star
And even if there was it would be way too far
So take care of where you're from, care of what you see
I'll take care of you, you'll take care of me

I am so far from where I'm from
I got so much farther to go
But I could throw a boat down in the water
And the river's gonna bring me home

I’ll blow every light in the city just to show you the stars
To make sure everyone understands exactly where we are
Extremely far away from anywhere else to live
This is all that we’ve got and so back we’ve got to give
If tomorrow we wake and the water did rise
Are we gonna sit around talking and wondering why
We didn’t act a little sooner, think a little faster
Look far into the future try to avoid this disaster
Cause lately i’ve been having just the strangest of dreams
It’s the world through the eyes of what my kids will see
And sometime it’s incredible, wild and free
But these days it’s getting darker and darker it seems
So it’s time to come together, quit pushing each other away
Forget about what makes us different it’s about what makes us the same
And when we see it it’ll result in the most incredible change
It can’t wait until tomorrow, it’s gotta be today

I am so far from where I'm from
I got so much farther to go
But I could throw a boat down in the water
And the river's gonna bring me home

From north to south it’s really all the same
It’s like one big river being fed by the rain
And there’s some people who know it cause there the ones saying
That they’d die for the land and you know they ain’t playing
And I’ll be right there beside them standing so tall
That even harper can’t miss this proverbial wall
Of thousands of people, both young and old
Who are simply tired of listening and doing what they’re told
So starting today it’s the fight for tomorrow
Knowing this place is my kids and it’s from them that I borrow
All the water in the rivers, the lakes and the streams
From the top of the mountain to the bottom of the sea
I would die for this place and all that it gives
And only then can I say that i’ve actually lived
And if you’ll stand there beside me I’ll take the hits
Just say we can do it, that’s it.

I am so far from where I'm from
I got so much farther to go
But I could throw a boat down in the water
And the river's gonna bring me home
Track Name: Trees and the Birds
I've traveled my fair share of roads
And from this I've learned to know
That o' in the end well I've still got my friends
They're with me wherever I go

I've had enough of all of the lies
All the fracking, the drilling, the look in the eyes
Of all of the kids who can't breath the air
All the greedy old rich men that don't even care

I've traveled my fair share of roads
And from this I've learned to know
That o' in the end well I've still got my friends
They're with me wherever I go

When you can't drink the water and can't breath the air
You can chew on your money, that only seems fair
Then you'll beg for some water from the rivers we saved
Ration each breath till your very last day

I've traveled my fair share of roads
And from this I've learned to know
That o' in the end well I've still got my friends
They're with me wherever I go

My door's always open for whatever
Be a tune for tomorrow, a song for the sea
Give voice to the people that need to be heard
To all of the orca's, the trees and the birds

I've traveled my fair share of roads
And from this I've learned to know
That o' in the end well I've still got my friends
They're with me wherever I go
Track Name: Receipts and Sticky Notes
I don’t have any money and probably won’t any time soon
I spent it all on this record and keeping my banjo in tune
Cause man, strings expensive and so is booze
I’d probably be wasted if I had a dollar to lose
But I don’t so I wait till i’m with you to get
Y’all lift me up and remind me why
I wake up in the morning, why I lose sleep at night
It’s the rush that comes when a thousand voices collide
I’m learning quite quickly to just completely ignore
Those that live for money and look for nothing more
Cause I told you man all I got are these songs that I wrote
Scratched right on to plywood, receipts and sticky notes
And maybe one day I’ll find a beautiful girl
but for now I consider myself
The wealthiest man in the world

Cause if I’ve got you, if i’ve got you then I’m alright
If I’ve got you, if i’ve got you then I’m alright

If I emptied out my pockets you might be surprised to see
That there’s not much in there, which is very unlike me
Usually I’m prepared for the most varying of situations
Like getting stuck on a mountain or presenting to the nation
And I suppose if you gave me, the chance to do either
I’d take a deep breath and give a gentle reminder
That the dust that makes up even your strongest of bones
Once lay in a star until one day it explodes
So stay rooted my friends don’t forget where you’re from
It’s this planet that made you and it’s the only one
And I guess what I’m saying is that my pockets are empty
But not cause I’m complacent or because I’m overspending
It’s cause I needed to find a way to play you this song
To bring some people together, make some rights out of wrongs
I’ll bring em all together, turn this thing around
It doesn’t have to end like this, nobodies’ gotta drown
But it’s gotta be you and it’s gotta be now
It’s gotta be forever and I can show you how
It’ll take little courage, a whole lot of love
And you can be damn right certain it ain’t gonna fit like a glove
At least not at first man it’s gonna take time
It’ll take million voices, one million minds
And then maybe one day I’ll find a beautiful girl
But for now I consider myself
The wealthiest man in the world

Cause if I’ve got you, if i’ve got you then I’m alright
If I’ve got you, if i’ve got you then I’m alright

I’m learning quite quickly to just completely ignore
Those that live for money and look for nothing more
Cause I told you man all I got are these songs that I wrote
Scratched right on to plywood, receipts and sticky notes