Gentle Giant – River Lyrics

Touching the last of what is past

Moving silent water fell the first

that comes.

Slow and winding, flowing free

Peaceful music in its sound of distant


Trust the shallow virgin stream

Danger wild, beware the deeper it


Moving highway, twisting byway

Can’t turn back.

Sining in the summer rain

Rain that’s caught in its flow.

Spreading, shining, silver lining

Gold on black.

Echoes moods of the moon and sun

Sun that shines from below.

Makes a soft and easy way

Left to choose its path will always be

a friend.

Touch the last of what has past.

Never idle river drifting to the end.


We have tried to create several

atmospheres within the boundaries

of one songs by using the various

electronic devices at our disposal in

the recording studio.


Kerry Minnear: All keyboards, vibraphone,

percussion, cello, Moog, lead and backing


Raymond Shulman: Bass violin, guitar,

percussion, vocals

Gary Green: Guitars, percussion

Derek Shulman: Lead vocals, alto saxophone

Philip Shulman: Saxophones, trumpet, mellophone,

lead and backing vocals

John Weathers: Drums, percussion, xylophone.

Many thanks to Martin Rushant for laugh

coinspin and variable speed oscillator, and

Mike Viccars, Moog operator.

All titles composed by Minnear, Shulman,

Shulman & Shulman

All titles published 1972 by Alucard Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Gentle Giant

Engineer: Martin Rushant

Mastering Engineer: Cliff Morris

Tape Operator: Geoff Young

Over-all American Supervision: Murray Krugman

Recorded at Advision Studios, London

Cover Concept & Design by John Berg

Art by Fluid Drive

Illustration: Charles White III

Design: Kenny Kneitel

Lettering: Michael Doret