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Lyr Req: The River is Flowing / ...She Is Flowing

Skarlet 17 Nov 98 - 04:19 AM
Barbara 17 Nov 98 - 10:02 AM
GUEST,Lynne 25 Aug 04 - 02:03 PM
GUEST,MMario 25 Aug 04 - 02:10 PM
Dipsodeb 26 Aug 04 - 02:10 PM
Dave'sWife 26 Aug 06 - 03:05 PM
Helen 26 Aug 06 - 05:05 PM
Joe Offer 26 Aug 06 - 05:47 PM
Zany Mouse 26 Aug 06 - 06:34 PM
Janie 26 Aug 06 - 07:15 PM
Dave'sWife 28 Aug 06 - 07:25 AM
GUEST,will 16 Aug 12 - 06:41 AM
GUEST,justin 05 Dec 13 - 01:46 PM
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Subject: desperate search for title
From: Skarlet
Date: 17 Nov 98 - 04:19 AM

Searching for title and author of song.Sounds like a folk song. 1st Verse goes " the river is flowing,flowing and flowing..the river is flowing back to the sea." another verse "mother carry me, your child i will always be. mother carry me back to the sea". Any one have a clue on this one?


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title
From: Barbara
Date: 17 Nov 98 - 10:02 AM

It's a pagan chant. I may have an author's name in a book; I'll look, but you might also try searching the singing group Libana, who perform it. The title is "The River is Flowing"' and you have all or most of the words above. Some folks sing "Father, carry me" as an alternating verse with " Mother, carry me", and some also sing "down" to the sea.
Those two, three, four line chants seem to get quickly separated from their author's names.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title
From: GUEST,Lynne
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 02:03 PM

I am looking for the whole song as well. I know that the chorus is often sung in rounds at camps and in historical productions. About 10 years ago I heard someone sing the full song but have not been able to track him or the words down. He sang the chorus as "The river is flowing, flowing and flowing. The river is flowing down to the sea. Mother carry me, a child I'll always be. Mother carry me down to the sea." During the verses he sang of a man coming home from far away (taken away to fight a war I think). He was returning to his wife and family to find them dead. The song was very tragic. If you have any leads please let me know.

Thanks
Lynne


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Subject: ADD: The River Is Flowing
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 02:10 PM

founds this:
THE RIVER IS FLOWING

The river is flowing, flowing and growing
The river she is flowing back to the sea
Mother carry me, your child I will always be
Mother carry me, back to the sea
The moon she is glowing down upon me
Sister moon watch over me
Your child I will always be
Sister moon watch over me
Until we are free
The sun he is shining, brightly he is shining
The sun he is shining, lighting the way
Father sun, shine over me
A child I will always be
Father sun shine over me
Until we are free.   


and at http://www.geocities.com/muse_of_swearing/Ophelia.html There seems to be something similar - called the Tragedie of Orphelia - Maide of Denmark.


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title- The River is Flowing?
From: Dipsodeb
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 02:10 PM

Sorry don't know of the full song but I have definitely heard it as a chant I have a copy of it on a CD of chanting that I got from the witch museum at Boscastle I can probably sort it out for you if you PM me.
Blessings
~Debs~


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Subject: ADD: The River She Is Flowing
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 03:05 PM

Here are the lyrics I found:

THE RIVER SHE IS FLOWING

The river she is flowing, flowing and growing.
The river she is flowing, down to the sea.
Mother, carry me, your child I will always be.
Mother, carry me down to the sea.

The wind he is blowing, blowing and rolling
The wind he is blowing all through the trees
Gentle wind carry me, your child I will always be
Gentle wind carry me all through the trees.

The earth she is changing, changing and moving.
The earth she is changing, all through the years.
Mother Earth, carry me, your child I will always be.
Mother Earth carry me, all through the years.

The fire, he is burning, burning and glowing.
The fire he is burning, ashes to dust.
Fire carry me, your child I will always be.
Fire carry me, ashes to dust.


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title- The River is Flowi
From: Helen
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 05:05 PM

I wonder if someone put the chorus with a different song, or wrote a song and added that chorus.

Guest, Lynne, do you have more information about the man who sang the full song?

Helen


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title- The River is Flowi
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 05:47 PM

Here'xs a verse from another thread that ought to be included:
    Thread #61479   Message #797576
    Posted By: Zany Mouse
    23-Jul-03 - 03:24 PM
    Thread Name: Witchcraft - positive songs about?
    Harpgirl: You are entitled to your belief, theory and reason and as Wiccans/Witches/etc. we will respect that. I hope you will simply respect OUR right to worship as we see fit. There are many paths to the truth. I wish you Bright Blessings and enlightment.

    Re: Nigel and Seldy. I haven't seen them for about 5 years now but I remember they did an albumn called something like "Pagan Easter" which I thought a very odd title, but the music worked.

    Re: "The river is flowing ..." there is another verse to this which is simply:

    "The moon - she is waxing
    Waxing and waning
    The moon - she is waiting for us to be free
    Mother Earth carry me, a child I will always be
    Mother Earth carry me, back to the sea"

    Blesséd be

    Rhiannon (Zany Mouse)


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title- The River is Flowing?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 06:34 PM

I might be wrong about this but I thought it was written by Sián from The House of the Goddess in South London. It's a few years ago since she taught it to me but I do seem to remember she claimed to have wrtten it.

Quite by chance this very song is talked about on another thread at the moment: River Songs.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title- The River is Flowing?
From: Janie
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 07:15 PM

We have been singing this for many years, more than 25, in the Sweat Lodge. I always just assumed it was a camp song. I'll ask if anyone has a notion of where it came from.

Janie


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Subject: RE: desperate search for title- The River is Flowi
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:25 AM

ZanyMouse - it's not by chance at all. I searched for the song when i found alternate lyrics and bumped the thread myself.

As for authorship and origin - it's hotly debated. People say it's a new song and people say it's a trad American indian song. Others claim it's a translation of an old Irish or Welsh song. I don't choose to believe any undocumented claims. I would guess the basic verse is probably old and that the newer ones are indeed pagan additions but since I can't back it up, I would never stake any claim to that.

I do , however, have a field recording I took of a mostly wordless tune not too dissimilar to the one the gal in the Grateful Dead film sings. The woman singing it to me in 1981 was an 78 year old woman born and raised in Ireland. She told me it was a lament about blood flowing into the sea from a river after a battle and about women going through a field of blood to find the bodies of their dead husbands. She said one line was about the wives meeting a woman with long hair at the river washing blood from her skirt. She tells them their men would not be found alive - could that have been The "Washer At the Ford'? I don't know. She never gave me the written lyrics in Irish or English. I don't know what battle she was referring to or even if the song was Irish. I was still only a teen then and not very good at getting all the details when I stalked elderly people with a tape recorder.

Mind you the tune isn't identical and it has a chorus quite different, but it in playing it today, it really does sound like this river song. She did sing a few words while "Loo-Looing" it for me but all I could make out was 'Down to the sea" Some words were in Irish and those I couldn't discern at all when listening to it today. I'll have to go back over my other notebooks and see if I wrote any more down about this. It irks me that these days when i come across something like this and find that i did a sucky job at documenting it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The River is Flowing / ...She Is Flowing
From: GUEST,will
Date: 16 Aug 12 - 06:41 AM

the river is flowing, flowing and growing
the river is flowing down to the sea
mother earth 'a' carry me, your child i will always be
mother earth 'a' carry me down to to the sea

the moon she is waiting, waxing and waning
the moon she is waiting for to be free
sister moon watch over me, your warrior i will always be
sister moon watch over me, set me free


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The River is Flowing / ...She Is Flowing
From: GUEST,justin
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 01:46 PM

the real song !: the river is flowing,flowing and growing the river is flowing back to the sea. mother earth is caring me,her child i will always be, mother earth is caring me back to the sea. the moon she is waiting, waxing and waning the moon she is waiting, for us to be free. sister moon watch over me, a child i will always be. sister moon watch over me, until we are free. the sun he is shining, brightly he's shining. the sun he is shining lightning the way. father sun shine over me, your child i will alwas be. father sun shine ocer me, until we can see. THE END i couldn't find the right song but i learned this text in school!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The River is Flowing / ...She Is Flowing
From: GUEST,justin
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 01:46 PM

the real song !: the river is flowing,flowing and growing the river is flowing back to the sea. mother earth is caring me,her child i will always be, mother earth is caring me back to the sea. the moon she is waiting, waxing and waning the moon she is waiting, for us to be free. sister moon watch over me, a child i will always be. sister moon watch over me, until we are free. the sun he is shining, brightly he's shining. the sun he is shining lightning the way. father sun shine over me, your child i will alwas be. father sun shine ocer me, until we can see. THE END i couldn't find the right song but i learned this text in school!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The River is Flowing / ...She Is Flowing
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 02:21 PM

http://www.alpenschamanismus.de/Schamanismus/Krafttrommeln/Kraftlieder/kraftlieder.html

        
· We are circeling, circeling together, we are singin`, singin`our
heartsong. This is family, this is unity, this is celebration, this is
sacred.
· We are the circle, we are the circle, with no beginning, and never
ending.
· Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit.
· Thank you fire spirit, thank you for your dance, thank you fire
spirit, thank you for your light, thank you fire spirit thank you for
your heat, thank you fire spirit, thank you for your energy.
· Fire child sing, - fire child dance, Fire child you are mine -
       Light streaming, Lightstreaming making my fire child grow.
· Oh Great Spirit, Earth and Sky and Sea, you´re inside and all around
me
· Tall Trees, warm fire, strong winds, deep water, I feel it in my
body, I feel it in my soul. Singin´Heyaheyaheyaheyaheyaheyaho...
· Return again, return again, return again to the land of yourself (
2x)Return to what you are, return to who you are, return to where you
are born and reborn again.
· The River is flowing,
The river is flowing, flowing in growing,
the river is flowing back to the sea.
Mother Earth is caring me, her child I will always be,
Mother Earth is caring me, back to the sea

The Moon she is waiting, waxing and waning
the Moon she is waiting, for us to be free.
Sister Moon watch over me, a child I will always be.
Sister Moon watch over me, until we are free

The Sun he is shining, brightly he´s shining,
the Sun he is shining, lightning the way.
Father Sun shine over me, your child I will always be,
father Sun shine over me, until we can see!

The Fire is burning, destroying and healing,
the Fire is burning, for us to get pure.
Violet Flame burn over me, a child I will always be,
violet Flame burn over me, until we are pure

Der Fluß möge fließen, ins Meer sich ergießen,
der Fluß möge fließen, zurück in das Meer.
Mutter Erde trag mich heim, Dein Kind will ich immer sein!
Mutter Erde trag mich heim, zurück in das Meer.
· We all come from Goddess, and to her, we shall return, like drop of
rain, flowing to the ocean.
· Heyooh erkenne Deine Kraft, denn mit ihr verwandeln wir die Welt,
Freude, Licht und Liebe, Freude Licht und Liebe! (Melodie von Heyoh
spann den Wagen an...)
· Hey Wichi Chaio - Hey Wichi Chaio, Wichi Chaio - Wichi Chaio, Fly like
an Eagle - Fly like an Eagle, Flying so high - Flying so high, Circle
with the Universe - Circle with the Universe - On Wings of pure light -
On Wings of pure light (Call and Respons)
· Kuate leno leno maote, hejanohejanohejano (2 x) - We are One with the
infinit Sun, forever forever forever (Sowelo, Sowelo, Sowelo) (2 x) We
are in tune with our sister the moon, forever forever forever (La Luna
La Luna La Luna) ( 2 x)
· Mother I feel you under my feet, mother I hear your heart beat(2 x) -
heyaheyaheyaheya heyaheyho(2x
· I circle around, I circle arournd, the boundries of the earth -
wearing my long wing feathers as I fly
· Hey-hey hey-hey hey-angua (6 x) angua angua
· Whitchita tuja tuja tuja whitchita tuja tuja hey, wascha tinaja
heya-heya, wascha tinaja heya-he


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