North River

duration: 7:00
instrumentation: Voice, Guitar
premiere: May 5, 2007 // The Monkey, NYC
premiere performer: Holly Nadal (voice); David Nadal (guitar)
publisher: A-Town Publications (ASCAP) © 2007
North River was funded (in part) by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Queens Council on the Arts Community Fund.

Program Note:
The North Saskatchewan River flows from the Canadian Rockies to Lake Winnipeg, covering Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba. The waters eventually flow into Hudson’s Bay, connecting western Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. Born in Paradise Hill, my earliest years were spent at the Rogers’ River Ranch in Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan, where memories of tall, yellow grass, farm roads, steep river hills, and a young family cross my mind from time-to-time. —Erin Rogers (2007)

Text: by Erin Rogers

River shallow
She calls my name
Islands
I’m in a deep dream
Mother, Brother
Fall away
Oh river, fall
The water fights
It falls
It rises
Take me with you

 

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