Paradise Valley

from by Honey and the Sting

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ABOUT:

The Connecticut river is New England's longest river and its tributaries and main flow are complicated by hundreds of dams. Dams are put in place to redirect the flow of the river for human purposes. This song is about the two separate personalities of the river: the beautiful and ever-giving and the treacherous and vengeful. It leaves the listener with hope for a compromise between the people and the river.

LYRICS:

Take what you want from me
I bring it willingly
The paradise valley

Take what you want from me
Soil and food for free
The mammals skin for hire
Whatever you desire

Waves crash on the shore
And spill over the lip of the bank
As the flood drains swell to the brink
I surround the city streets
Drown the food you were gonna eat
Take away your first born son
Watch him float away

So you'll have to hold me down
Could you just hold me down
build the levees higher

Could you just hold me down?
You’ll have to hold me down
Build these levees higher
As dams cut off desire

Waves crash on the shore
And spill over the lip of the bank
As the flood drains swell to the brink
I surround the city streets
Drown the food you were gonna eat
Take away your first born son
Watch him float away


So you’ll have to let me out
Could you just let me out?

(Let me out)
Let me flow with the freshet
(Let me out)

What is this all about?
We have to slow it down

(Let me out)
Let me flow with the freshet
(Let me out)


Waves crash on the shores
The spring will come with the floods,
The warmth, and the early buds
In the past I lay out on the land
Stretched my legs felt my chest expand
If we could flow together someday
Then we will float away

credits

from From Source to Sea, released September 25, 2012

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Honey and the Sting Middletown, Connecticut

Honey and the Sting is a group formed at Wesleyan University in 2012 and currently based in Philadelphia, PA. The groups first LP "From Source to Sea" is a musical journey along the Connecticut River. The group has continued to perform post-college in festivals and house shows. Honey and the Sting is Sam Long, Mel Hsu, Jess Best, Gemma Smith, and Howe Pearson. ... more

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