Let Me Rest (The River Song)

by Casey Smith

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This is a song I wrote back in July of 2012 about my momma. Every time I went back home, she wanted to hear me play this song. She loved it dearly, and I hope you all can appreciate it, too.

This particular version was recorded at Port City Cafe and Pub (Portsmouth, OH) on October 31, 2013 with Greg Romanello on guitar and Bob Hall on harmonica.

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I went down to the Ohio River
Where I found my poor mother layin'
She looked up at me and said
Won't you please leave me here and let me rest?

You could see she was scared to meet her maker
And that walk was long down to the river bed
So why not meet the devil instead?
And just be done with the worry and the pain

Well I didn't believe, but she sure did
And no matter that she was ready to go
Whatever it'd take just to end this walk
She hushed my mouth and asked me not to talk

I went down to the Ohio River
Where I found my poor mother layin'
She looked up at me and said
Won't you please leave me here and let me rest?

She took my hand and asked me to go
Hated me to see her at her low
Instead I walked her down to the river
I held her hand, helped her in, and let her go

I went down to the Ohio River
Where I found my poor mother layin'
She looked up at me and said
Won't you please leave me here and let me rest?

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released July 7, 2012
Original Song by Casey Smith
Track Art: Casey Smith

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Casey Smith Ohio

Casey Smith is a singer-songwriter living in Central Ohio, where she misses the rolling hills of southern Ohio.

Smith grew up in Meigs Co., then spent a decade in Portsmouth, where she found her voice in her Appalachian roots.

Accompanied by either her grandfather's old 1960s Kay or her Martin baritone ukulele ("Bari"), her music has been described as "Contemplative melancholy from the hills."
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