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The River Of No Return


Lyrics

"Your First True Love"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.

I’d like to learn to live primitively

And see how this land used to be

Before the freeways and factories

The way this world was meant to be


Where I can't be seen by the satellites

Under the trees and out of sight

I'd like to get lost and fall asleep every night

Lookin’ up at the starry sky


Someday I’d like to go to the middle of Idaho

On the map I can see it’s mostly green

I’d head northwest from Salmon, make my way to White Bird

And see just what it’s like in between

If I ventured a guess, there’d be so much to learn

In the wilderness, along the river of no return


I’d like to get back to nature, discover my roots

Read some Thoreau, break in my hiking boots

I’d live off the land with nothing to lose 

Try to understand and pay my dues


With clean air to breathe and clean water to drink 

Away from the noise where I could hear myself think

Who knows maybe I’d never come back 

I’d live the rest of my life off the beaten path


Someday I’d like to go to the middle of Idaho

On the map I can see it’s mostly green

I’d head northwest from Salmon, make my way to White Bird

And see just what it’s like in between

If I ventured a guess, there’d be so much to learn

In the wilderness, along the river of no return


Someday I’d like to go to the middle of Idaho

On the map I can see it’s mostly green

I’d head northwest from Salmon, make my way to White Bird

And see just what it’s like in between

If I ventured a guess, there’d be so much to learn

In the wilderness, along the river of no return


Copyright © ℗ 2010 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.

The River Of No Return
Album cover photo by Lenore Cooley
Song from the album Sense Of Belonging
Position Track # 8
Duration 3:29
Released June 21st, 2010
Label Scott Cooley Records
Format CD, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Genre Americana, folk
Studio Scott Cooley Music Productions
Producer Scott Cooley
Songwriter words and music by Scott Richard Cooley
Publisher Scott Richard Cooley Music Publishing, ASCAP
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, drums
Track Chronology
"Your First True Love"

(#7)
"The River Of No Return"

(#8)
"Homesick"


(#9)
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Brief Description

The River Of No Return is an environmental song of sorts.  It's about the desire to live alone in the wilderness.  I've always wanted to try it.  I grew up with woods in my backyard where I spent a lot of time in my youth.  It was like a sanctuary for me, a spiritual place.  I have a love and strong appreciation of nature and the earth's wild places, and have loved camping, hiking, and wilderness experiences as an adult as well.  I know I'd get tired of trying to live off the land and be in the middle of nowhere for a long period of time like Henry David Thoreau or that guy from the PBS documentary who built a cabin by a remote lake in Alaska and lived there for decades.  Still, it's something I'd like to do for a while to see what it's like.  Anyway, I started to write this song after I was checking out Google Maps where you can zoom in or out on anywhere in the world.  Online exploring, I guess, and trying to see where there might be some interesting places to check out in person some day.  I worked one summer on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, and ever since have had the desire to visit more national parks and government-protected wildlife areas - one of the greatest things about our country.  I couldn't help but zoom in on the state of Idaho, a place I've never been to, because as I say in the song - on the map it's mostly green.  This is what intrigued me and inspired the song, and of course, as one does in this day and age, I checked out wikipedia to research some factual info as well.  If I do go there someday, I'll be sure to blog about it.  That green area is called out in the map displayed below.

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