Only Rivers Understand (I Need You) (single, 2019)

by Floyd Thursby

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The first release from Floyd’s upcoming album ‘To those in flames’, produced by ARIA award-winning producer Marty Brown (Art of Fighting, Clare Bowditch), is a powerful exploration of loss and longing featuring finger-style acoustic guitar, vibraphone and double-bass.

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I left you high on the riverside
With your hair laid long in the evening tide
I caught myself drinking from your cup
I knew our numbers wouldn’t ever add up

This give and take should be a song for two
But all I’m hearing is the hex on you
You come and go like a summertime storm
But all I wanted was a bed that’s warm

I see you now floating in my wake
And your hair blooms wild like an old heartbreak
And I need you to tell me the reason you never came home
That night we danced like a holy flame
I tasted colour when you said my name
’cause I need you, I want you, I need you, I need you so bad


Tides they rise and rivers flow
And surely now the waters know
That Jesus saves the drowning man
But only if he takes his hand

But maybe there the water’s warm
A kind of harbour from the thunderstorm
So he turns away the helping hand
Cause only rivers understand

I see you now floating in my wake
And your hair blooms wild like an old heartbreak
And I need you to tell me the reason you never came home
That night we danced like a holy flame
I tasted colour when you said my name
’cause I need you, I want you, I need you, I need you so bad

Sing glory glory to the waters wild
I carry the burden of the river’s child
I left you sleeping with your hair laid long
It’s in the river that we both belong

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released May 18, 2019
Vocals and acoustic guitar – Floyd Thursby
Vibraphone – Harry Lye
Double bass – Andrew Tanner
Drums & pump organ – Marty Brown

Music and lyrics by Floyd Thursby
Produced by Marty Brown
Recorded and mixed at Standalone Studios, Melbourne, Australia by Marty Brown
Mastered at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne, Australia by Ross Cockle

Photography by Bob Hutchison

© ℗ Paul Gillett, 2019

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"Floyd Thursby has a fascinating voice. But of course, all that would be insignificant without great songs as vehicles for that voice. Thursby has armfuls of them." (Rhythms magazine)

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