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  1. <br>River Hope

From the recording &lt;br&gt;River Hope

The intro to this song came to me after listening to Blind Willie Johnson sing Dark Was the Night. One of the most haunting vocal performances I've ever heard. Then I decided to marry that to a Cream style song/jam, then back to Blind Willie Johnson at the end.
Recording this song took a long time. The original demo was done in a day or so when the song was first written. Using old technology, the timing of each distinct part of the song blending into the next was difficult to get right. When I resurrected this song for the Tribute album, I decided that I would use the beginning and ending as originally recorded, but that the song proper and jam had to be replaced. Here's how I did that:
As I did with Color Chain, I first laid down a basic drum beat and thumping bass line that had no variation. Then I recorded the guitar part. Also as with Color Chain I did multiple takes, but wound up using one complete recording in the end. Next I re-recorded the bass while carefully listening to the guitar part in order to respond to the various changes as if two musicians were playing together. Then the same with the drums. As with the guitar part, I wound up using a single performance from the numerous takes of all the instruments involved. Thanks to the advent of mixing software, it was then relatively easy to join the two intro parts (the second of which was also re-recorded recently), the song proper and jam, and the ending part.

Lyrics

Hope River
 
Oh River Hope, oh River Hope
Don’t roll by me no more
Take me down, carry me down
Down the River Hope
 
Hope River raging
White fire from her eyes
Calls me into her flow
Oh the cold, cold gamble below
River Hope promises horizon downstream
Light cuts through the haze
Sunken souls say “you got your eyes on a dream”
I see wasted yesterdays, wake up and scream
 
Hope River don’t  roll by me no more
Hold on I’m catching your flow
Hope River don’t roll by me no more
Hope carry me home
 
Too many “bury me” cries rising up from your bed
That don’t worry my mind, I’ve got life in my head
 
Hope River don’t  roll by me no more
Hold on I’m catching your flow
Hope River don’t roll by me no more
Hope carry me home
Hope River don’t  roll by me no more
Hold on I’m catching your flow
Hope River don’t roll by me no more
Hope carry me home
Hope carry me home
Hope carry me home
Hope carry me home
 
Take me down, carry me down
Down the River Hope
Down the River Hope