Hungry River Live​@​Soundfalls Feb 2012

from by Deacon Raleigh St. James

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Rivers are full of strange magic and change. I feel especially close to the Tolt River.


Sometimes something calls to me, and I can sit for hours,
watching the water hurry by.
Like to watch the Kingfishers callin', and dragging their feathers cross the sky.
One day I let the sun burn down behind the hill, and the light turned strange. (rpt)

And I heard the voice of the river, she whispered my name, she said, "Come on out on the bridge... and throw yourself in."
Oh no. Oh yes.
I said, "I ain't goin' swimming. The water's cold dark and fast this time of year."
I said, "I love you river, but I ain't ready to die today."

But it made me wonder, (rpt)
How high this year? (rpt)

Erik show the man with the clipboard, the line on the barn wall.
That's where by the grace of God, the water began to fall.
Oh No, Oh yes. Oh yes, oh no, oh yes.

Thank God Mr. Magnochi's babies got a critter pad.
Cuz one night we drove 60 head down the state highway at 3:00 am, in the rain.

But it made me wonder, (rpt)
how high this year? (rpt)

So when I leave this place, bring my white body down,
dig a hole, and lay my bones, in the soggy ground.

Maybe it won't be so high that year...


from Cold Water Warm Hands, track released March 20, 2012
Thanks Mr. Magnochi for persisting in your stubborn efforts to keep a small herd of dairy cows today. For giving me one of the wildest and stranges nights of my life. Thanks Erik & Wendy Haakensen at Jubilee Farms for allowing me to play and work at their farm with my family. Inspiration for many songs comes from Jubilee farm.



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Deacon Raleigh St. James Carnation, Washington

Feb 4, 2012, singer song-writer Deacon Raleigh St. James performed at Soundfalls, a local music and variety show, held in the Carnation Christmas Tree Farm's historic Thorsen Barn and podcast on

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