Here’s a new tune I wrote, apparently channeling the local festival gods, who just happened to be putting on a new 1st Annual ‘Down By the Riverside’ Festival at New London’s Riverside Park on Adelaide Avenue.
Unbeknownst to me, a performer had cancelled and I was invited to fill the slot, which I most enthusiastically accepted. Look for Ron Gletherow to fill in after his own set with some of his lovely harmonies. Ron’s on at 11:50 a.m., I’m on at 12:50, Hugh Birdsall at 1:50 and The People at 2:50 Saturday.
Sunday sked: Mike Harris, Sue Mead, Ohio-Freer Collective and Gabriel Kastelle, same times. Lots of other activities too.
About the song: The River Thames sounded a bit precocious, but I do name Old Orchard Farm and the Dutch, Eugene O’Neill’s old haunt, and obliquely reference the flowering Harkness mansion and state park. Here are the lyrics:
The River’s Edge
Take me down to the river’s edge,
Where the water’s flowing
Take me there, to the darkened pier
Where lovers’ boats are rowing
The moon is high
We’ve touched the sky
You know we do not scare,
We find our lessons there.
Take me south to the rocky glen
Where the mansion’s flowering
Take me north to the lush white pines
Where the mountain’s overpowering
Take me west to Old Orchard Farm
Applies, bees and honey
Take me east to the Old Lyme beach
All that real estate and money
Take me back to my old hometown
Comfort here all sorrow
Drink Dutch draft, that old watering hole
Where yesterday is tomorrow.