Once I Saw The River Clean

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Name Once I Saw The River Clean
Album/single I Am Not A Dog On A Chain
Length 4:19
Writer/composer Morrissey / Jesse Tobias
Producer Joe Chiccarelli
Release March 2020
Recorded 2019


The lyric: "twenty Number 10's" refers to an old brand of UK cigarettes (Player's Number 10).

Official Lyric Video


Once I saw the river clean
distant future... wait for me!
I grow pleasing to the eye
and the queue will queue for me
once I saw the river clean
soon the clock will strike for me
childish mind anticipates
grownup mind consummates

I walked with my grandmother
down a wind-blown Chester Road
with her 52 New Pence
For her twenty Number 10's
and my 45 Pence
to demand 'Metal guru'
then with hearts securely stacked
we walked all the way back

I walked with my grandmother
along the groan of Talbot Road
in the gardens by the graves
I can just about behave
arrogant and paranoid
all around see fathead youth
look into their brutal eyes
but only if you want the truth

Once I saw the river clean
scratching up the latest scheme
time will come - but it hasn't yet
someone's out to get me
I walked with my grandmother
Cornbrook Street, where, incomplete
she would never be again
a Dublin dancer free and young

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 4

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