The Rivers Run Deep

by The Righs

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released January 18, 2008

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Chris Harris at Bell Labs and Atomic Sound in Norman, OK
Nate Williams - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jackson Smith - Electric Guitar, Drums, Banjo, Vocals
John Slawson - Bass
Omid Nowrouzi - Mandolin, Vocals
Jian Azimi - Fiddle
Tom Lynn - Banjo, Tin Whistle, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Design by Nate Williams
Album artwork by Jenifer Ellis

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The Righs Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Righs (pronounced “rigz”) were a Celtic/Folk-Rock band from Edmond, OK, originally known as The Rivers. They played in the Oklahoma City area from late 2005 to early 2014.
Nate Williams - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Jack Smith - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Banjo
John Slawson - Bass
Omid Nowrouzi - Vocals, Mandolin, Trumpet
Jian Azimi - Fiddle
Ronnie Meyer - Drummer
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Track Name: I Hope I Never See You Again
Broken hearted
See what you’ve started
Unsent letters
I tore them to tatters

And I hope I never see you again
And I hope I never see you again

Rejoicing the silence
Embracing the absence
Joyous are the days
Since we parted ways

The day I walked in
On you and him
I wanted you away
Cause it’s a crying shame

Packed up U-Haul
Won’t see you next fall
Hope he makes you happy
As much as he’s done for me

And I know I’ll never see you again
And I know I’ll never see you again
Track Name: My Life In The Bike Scene
As I drove away, I heard the young men say, my life was just a waste
And now I sit here down, with an alcoholic frown, as you tell me they were right

Girly, my girly, I love you very much
But your heart has grown too cold
I left them all behind cause I'm one of a kind
So young and yet so old

Burning back through my memories, is pain I'll gladly take
Cause it proves you wrong as I burst into song and the world's a better place

Girly, my girly, I loved you once before
But now these feelings cease cold
I tossed out your bags when you tore down my flag
So very long ago

Please kiss me goodbye, our love had to go
The tears in your eyes, are beginnin' to flow
I'll call you some day, when peace is restored
But for now I'll travel, and come back on accord

Of my own, so my

Girly, my girly, I loved you once before
But now these feelings cease cold
I tossed out your bags when you tore down my flag
So very long ago

Girly, my girly, I loved you til that day
But your blood I'd gladly spill
For you slept with my dad and shat on my flag
Forgive me if I'm bitter still, I'm bitter still

I’m bitter still
Track Name: Dublin: Easter, 1916
‘Twas Nineteen-Hundred Sixteen
In the time of the Great War
A man named James Connolly
Had a dream he bore

Well they marched in broad daylight
On that Easter Monday morn
They took the Dublin Post Office
On that day a nation was born

They cried “Hallelujah,
We are Irish and we are free.”
But the Lord Maxwell from his Dublin castle
said “It will never be.”

Well the British were none too happy
And they sent their infantry
And by Friday morning
They’d shot poor James Connolly

And he cried “Hallelujah,
We are Irish and we are free.”
But the Prime Minister from his London office
said “It will never be.”

The Post Office was taken back
And many Irish lives were lost
The British tied Connolly to a chair
And they shot him in the back

Yet he cried “Hallelujah,
I am Irish and I am free.”
But that Devil on his London Throne
Said, “It will never be.”

‘Twas Nineteen-Hundred Sixteen
In the time of the Great War
A man named James Connolly
Had a dream he bore

They sang “Hallelujah,
We are Irish and we are free.”
While God above from the Gates of Heaven
Said “You have to fight to be free.”

They sang “Hallelujah,
We are Irish and we are free.”
While God above from the Gates of Heaven
Said “You have to fight to be free.”

And they sang “Hallelujah,
We are Irish and we are free.”
While God above from the Gates of Heaven
Said “You have to fight to be free.”
Track Name: That Guy
I know you find me unattractive,
At best maybe I am just distracting.

So why am I always the guy that no one gives a damn about?

You pass me by in the halls,
Everyday finding each other's short falls.
You barely see as I slink on by
And I'm forgotten once I'm out of your eye.

Then there are those of you that say that
You are my friend either way. Well,
Some tell the truth and some others are liars.
I can tell from the lack of calls and/or wires.

And it doesn't help that I find
That to me all girls are blind
And they only ever wanted me as a friend.
So I have no hope for relation to extend.

So I find myself all alone
In a world where I am prone
To fits of jealousy
Every time a couple talks to me.
Track Name: My Weary Irish Eyes
Please settle my weary Irish eyes
To a place where they can avoid demise
They only ever see reflections of you
In the mirror, the water and the morning dew

Settle me down in the land I know
Settle me down where the trees doth grow
Settle me down where I have no fear
Settle me down with you here

Many’s the day, I’ve traveled far away
Many a’man has tried to make me stay
To all of them I said but nay
Then I simply quoted your name

Settle me down in the land I know
Settle me down where the trees doth grow
Settle me down where I have no fear
Settle me down with you here

Please settle my weary Irish eyes
To a place where they can avoid demise
They only ever see reflections of you
In the mirror, the water and the morning dew

I set out looking for better roads
But this separation was never foretold
It’s been three years and I’ve seen you but twice
And I have to wonder if you’re still mine

I’ve been here and there with but one care
That someday I could feed this hungry stare
And on that day I could take your hand
And settle down with you on this land

Settle me down in the land I know
Settle me down where the trees doth grow
Settle me down where I have no fear
Settle me down with you here

Please settle my weary Irish eyes
To a place where they can avoid demise
They only ever see reflections of you
In the mirror, the water and the morning dew

Blessed were the days I roamed
For on that day I returned back home
I saw you standing over there
And you said to me with your hungry stare

Settle me down in the land I know
Settle me down where the trees doth grow
Settle me down where I have no fear
Settle me down with you here

Please settle my weary Irish eyes
To a place where they can avoid demise
They only ever see reflections of you
In the mirror, the water and the morning dew
Track Name: I'm Bound Away
For the sake of you, my lassie
I'm bound away, my lassie
For the sake of you, my lassie
I'm bound away

I'm bound away, oh, I'm bound away
For the sake of you, my lassie, I'm bound away

Gold to win for you, my lassie
I'm bound away, my lassie
Gold to win for you, my lassie
I'm bound away

Far across the sea, my lassie
I'm bound away, my lassie
Far across the sea, my lassie
I'm bound away
Track Name: Agony's Night
Her parents named her so
A man like me could find
A girl I thought I could know
On Agony’s Night

I stumbled into the bar that night
Looking for a drink or a fight
Never did I think I might
Have her lead my skeptic sight

I asked her her name, she frowned
She said “It’s one of reknowned.
Every man I’ve loved has drowned
Before their wife I could be crowned”

So Agony lead me please
To the place I call home
Oh, Agony, you’ll ever be
The girl of my very own

Oh Agony, I finally see
The point you were trying to make
You only would marry me
If I were at the bottom of a lake

So Agony lead me please
To the place I call home
Oh, Agony, you’ll ever be
The girl of my very own

Oh my eyes were closed so I was blind
I never thought I would find
That to a man you were never kind
And to kill me you would try

I asked the barman the very next day
Why you acted this way
He gasped and said, “You escaped from her?
She’s been dead, twenty years away.”

Oh Agony, I finally see
The point you were trying to make
You only would marry me
If I were at the bottom of a lake

So Agony lead me please
To the place I call home
Oh, Agony, you’ll ever be
The girl of my very own
The girl of my very own
The girl of my very own
Track Name: The Shire
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the Road has gone
And I must follow if I can


Pursuing it with eager feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And whither then I cannot say


Alive, I feel it settle in my gut
The wine that was your sweet embrace
So now, we’ll go upon our merry way
And live down on New Zealand way


Far away,
That’s where you’ll find us boys
And write to us “Dear Jack,”
But I can’t say we’ll right back
Cause we’re destined for the Hobbit’s Shire


The farm, we bought in fields of green so pure
The sheep, as white as winter’s snow
I burned my records from America
Said, “Darlin’, this be our final home”


So now I’ll jump and jig as I dream of our last gig
In New Zealand, our home sweet home
And carryin’ on my tune, I’ve one thing to say to you
And that’s the way, and where you’ll find me


Far away,
That’s where you’ll find us boys
And write to us “Dear Jack,”
But I can’t say we’ll right back
Cause we’re destined for the Hobbit’s Shire


Settled down with our wives and kids
The dream will soon be realized
The Rivers, immortal in our last reprise
That day, will someday come to light


Until then I’ll play as a bat out of hell
In Edmond, our beloved teenage home
We’ll play the Racket Room and Conservatory too
And someday, when you can’t find me, I’ll be


Far away,
That’s where you’ll find us boys
And write to us “Dear Jack,”
But I can’t say we’ll right back
Cause we’re destined for the Hobbit’s Shire
We’re destined for the Hobbit’s Shire
Yes, we’re destined for the Hobbit’s Shire
(The Road goes ever on and on…)
Track Name: Loch Lomond
By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie [Dm] braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Where me and my true love will ever want to gae
On the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

Oh, ye’ll take the high road and I’ll take the [Dm] low road
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

‘Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep sides o’ Ben Lomond
Where in purple hue the heather hills we view
And the moon comin’ out in the gloamin’

The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring
And in sunshine the waters lie sleeping
But the broken heart, it kens, nae second spring again
Though the waeful may cease from their greeting