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River Road

from Blackbirds by Alex Hickey

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A touching and funny a capella song about growing up in a small community - in love with the landscape and struggling with the economic realities


My granddad fished out in this bay
My mother packed fish in the plant
Now all that’s gone
And what remains are widow walks fresh painted by

And the sky is the same
The same changeable blue and clouds
Same golden sun
Shining red at day break or when day is done
Each day I drive the river road to town
And work glued to my desk and screen
And wonder if this work will stay
While all around me I see jobs evaporate

Each night I drive the river road
My heart in my mouth
Just like Granddad said he always felt when he sailed south

My brother phones from Edmonton
And tells me life is passing me by
“If you stay there you’ll never meet an eligible guy
You’re getting older
And what will happen then,
If you’ve no kids? No man?”

But I fell in love, when I was just a girl
With waves that foam and curl
And throw themselves
Onto the sand
Holding nothing back they hurl themselves upon the mercy of this land
And I am the same...


from Blackbirds, track released October 18, 2012


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Alex Hickey West Dublin, Nova Scotia

Alex Hickey is a Nova Scotian songwriter whose songs walk a delicate line between cynicism and a passionate love for the world. Clever and poignant, funny, heartbreaking and punch-to-the-guts honest, every CD or live performance should come with a packet of tissues. ... more

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