The Cool Cool River
Paul Simon Lyrics


Moves like a fist through traffic
Anger and no one can heal it
Shoves a little bump into the momentum
It's just a little lump
But you feel it
In the creases and the shadows
With a rattling deep emotion
The cool, cool river
Sweeps the wild, white ocean
Yes boss, the government handshake
Yes boss, the crusher of language
Yes boss, Mr. Stillwater
The face at the edge of the banquet
The cool, the cool river
The cool, the cool river

I believe in the future
I may live in my car
My radio tuned to
The voice of a star
Song dogs barking at the break of dawn
Lightning pushes the edge of a thunderstorm
And these old hopes and fears
Still at my side

Anger and no one can heal it
Slides through the metal detector
Lives like a mole in a motel
A slide in a slide projector
The cool, cool river
Sweeps the wild, white ocean
The rage of love turns inward
To prayers of devotion
And these prayers are
The constant road across the wilderness
These prayers are
These prayers are the memory of God
The memory of God

And I believe in the future
We shall suffer no more
Maybe not in my lifetime
But in yours I feel sure
Song dogs barking at the break of dawn
Lightning pushes the edges of a thunderstorm
And these streets
Quiet as a sleeping army
Send their battered dreams to heaven, to heaven
For the mother's restless son
Who is a witness to, who is a warrior
Who denies his urge to break and run

Who says: Hard times?
I'm used to them
The speeding planet burns
I'm used to that
My life's so common it disappears
And sometimes even music
Cannot substitute for tears

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: PAUL SIMON

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Counter Chicken

One of the best songs ever written.

Sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears.

moonlitme

i've been in that place for some time now....

Lonely Armadillo Studios

Sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears...
this man was operating on a very important level when he wrote the lyrics and rhythms to this song.

Danny Costello

Gives me the chills. I believe it to be one of the best songs ever written.

MrTayloreh

I love how he insisted on performing this live pretty much every single show - he never pandered to the crowd, holds off on most the hits until the last act. 'These prayers the constant road across the wilderness...' 9/8 time poetry. What are the odds someone would even bother to make a song like this? That takes incredible gumption and care. I'm eternally grateful to you Paul.

IhaveaPhDinTV

Yes! Yes!

Disent Design

Paul Simon really tapped into something...I'm still discovering new gems like this

Mel Bee

"The rage the rage of love turns inward."

Matthew Mwangi

Truly mesmerizing song.

taylor ferrari

“And I believe in the future
We shall suffer no more
Maybe not in my lifetime
But in yours I feel sure”

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