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Yangtze River Blues

from Born Before the Wind (album) by Maaike Siegerist

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As heard on BBC Radio 6


The river is rising
I am wading through
The river is rising
There’s little we can do

Cornfields, wooden roofs
disappear beneath the waves
You better start climbing
The river is rising

The river is rising
It swirls against the dam
The concrete is splitting
Swept up in this plan

I am but a small man
I’m the fool who pays the bill
The city is thriving
The river is rising

Why the river turns red
No one can explain
But I can see the gorges bleed
and I feel their pain

New towers are rising
But they’re not for me
Across the horizon
I try to start anew
I cut trees and sow seeds
It’s the only thing I know
But life is surprising
The land is sliding

Life is surprising
When the river is rising


from Born Before the Wind (album), released March 31, 2017
Maaike Siegerist, vocals, guitar
Fabio Salvi, lead guitar
Will Harris, double bass
Josh Clark, drums

Words and music: Maaike Siegerist


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Maaike Siegerist Glasgow, UK

Maaike Siegerist is an award-winning Dutch singer-songwriter, based in Glasgow. Drawing on genres from acoustic jazz to folk rock, she writes story-telling songs about travels, love, remarkable people, and recently, endangered species.

“Delicate vocal, poised production, gorgeous chord changes”
– Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“A voice smoother than Dutch chocolate”
– Music Eye UK
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