The Grahams

HEAVEN FORBID

In September the sun rakes over the pond
Just like a farmer rakes over the ground
Like it's searching for something that swims down below
To haul up and carry on home

Mama told me that he lived out past the grove
Sometimes she rode that old pickup he drove
When she passes that spot and looks to the west
She touches her hand to her breast

Heaven forbid they find him down there
Breathing in water like we breathe the air
Heaven forgot him and left him to roam
The watery halls all alone

Annie Green said she saw him out there today
His silver ring flashing as he turned away
Those long auburn curls billowing slow
The poor boy who lives down below

Heaven forbid they find him down there
Breathing in water like we breathe the air
Heaven forgot him and left him to roam
The watery halls all alone

He makes his bed where the Riverman sleeps
He lays his head five fathoms deap
He wanders the shoals where bottom weeds grow
The poor boy who lives down below

Heaven forbid they find him down there
Breathing in water like we breathe the air
Heaven forgot him and left him to roam
The watery halls all alone



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