Bed in the River

by Joan Shelley

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
    Purchasable with gift card

      name your price

     

about

A collaborative song. Max Porter wrote the words and Joan Shelley wrote the music around them. We offer it freely as a gift to celebrate the festival of Beltane, the height of spring, and May Day.

lyrics

lyrics by Max Porter

In a bed in the river I met with a swan, and held it while it died
The swan was just one thing I carried along,
The bodies of old things, poisons and cloth,
This tar, this plastic, my constant resistance,
I am the river, my lover, my distance.

In a while, flee with me please, to the woods.
Hibernation envy, you suffer, my sweet,
You stare at the sky and I'll stare at my feet.
This hedge, this sheet, your seamless resistance,
I am the river, to give you assistance.

credits

released May 1, 2020
Joan Shelley - guitar, vocals, percussion
Nathan Salsburg - guitar

Cover photo by Max Porter

Recorded at home on a Sony TC355 tape machine with overdubs in computerland.

license

tags

about

Joan Shelley Louisville, Kentucky

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer from Louisville, KY. Often joined by guitarist Nathan Salsburg, she has shared shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, & Michael Hurley.

shows

contact / help

Contact Joan Shelley

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this track or account

Joan Shelley recommends:

If you like Joan Shelley, you may also like: