River by Gentle Giant
Touching the last of what is past
Moving silent water fell the first
Slow and winding, flowing free
Peaceful music in its sound of distant
Trust the shallow virgin stream
Danger wild, beware the deeper it
Moving highway, twisting byway
Can't turn back.
Sining in the summer rain
Rain that's caught in its flow.
Spreading, shining, silver lining
Gold on black.
Echoes moods of the moon and sun
Sun that shines from below.
Makes a soft and easy way
Left to choose its path will always be
Touch the last of what has past.
Never idle river drifting to the end.
We have tried to create several
atmospheres within the boundaries
of one songs by using the various
electronic devices at our disposal in
the recording studio.
Kerry Minnear: All keyboards, vibraphone,
percussion, cello, Moog, lead and backing
Raymond Shulman: Bass violin, guitar,
Gary Green: Guitars, percussion
Derek Shulman: Lead vocals, alto saxophone
Philip Shulman: Saxophones, trumpet, mellophone,
lead and backing vocals
John Weathers: Drums, percussion, xylophone.
Many thanks to Martin Rushant for laugh
coinspin and variable speed oscillator, and
Mike Viccars, Moog operator.
All titles composed by Minnear, Shulman,
Shulman & Shulman
All titles published 1972 by Alucard Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Gentle Giant
Engineer: Martin Rushant
Mastering Engineer: Cliff Morris
Tape Operator: Geoff Young
Over-all American Supervision: Murray Krugman
Recorded at Advision Studios, London
Cover Concept & Design by John Berg
Art by Fluid Drive
Illustration: Charles White III
Design: Kenny Kneitel
Lettering: Michael Doret