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According to the Down By The Water Songfacts, the song features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, who contributes 12-string guitar, and singer-songwriter Gillian Welch, who provides vocal harmonies. Even before Buck’s contribution, the song was heavily influenced by R.E.M. Frontman Colin Meloy told Rolling Stone it, "started out as more of a paean to R.E.M. than I think any of us really wanted it to be. "The band played around with the song to… read more

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See this ancient riverbed, see where all my folly's led
Down by the water and down by the old main drag
I was just some tow-head teen, feeling 'round for fingers to get in between
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

The Decemberists - Down by the Water Lyrics


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  • Great song
  • такая ностальгия по лету и автобусу! восхитительно ахуительно
  • Loveeeee this song... and how not to love Gillian Welch?
  • LOVE
  • <3
  • This song made my day.
  • Gillian Welch is awesome. Red Dirt Halo is such a great song, particularly if you are from the south and encountered the red clay.
  • Also, I love how Colin stays in the left channel and Gillian occupies the right channel. Excellent mixing
  • I keep expecting him to sing "FI-RRRRRRRRE"

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