Blackstone Valley Lyrics

Blackstone Valley Lyrics

© Charlie Ball

ChorusBlackstone Valley

Hey have you seen the Blackstone Valley
Have you walked along the banks of the Blackstone River way
And do you know the story of the dreams that she once carried
On down from Worcester Town to the ’Gansett Bay

1) O the river ran clear, as a river will do
Ten thousand years ago when the Valley was new
And many there, in the Valley wide
Found their strength in the land by the riverside

2) But men could see a river controlled
For they knew that one man’s water was another man’s gold
So the old ways died, with none to mourn
For there in the Valley industry was born

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3) They worked her hard and they made her pay
They turned the water to brown and the sky to gray
But the towns did grow, and the mills expand
On this hardest working river in the land

4) Then the boats slowed down and the dams gave way
To a railroad line that was built on rum and tay
O the engine sang and the whistle blew
But that was the sound of the factories closing too

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5) No one knows, why fortune hid
But nothing lasts forever and it never did
So the years went by, and the Valley slept
But the Blackstone River ran like a promise kept

6) Some grew old and some grew wise
And they learned to view the Valley through the eagle’s eyes
See, the Valley’s old, but it’s ever new
And it’s big enough for the past and the future too

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7) Now let the children learn, what the old folks know
That the Valley needs to live and she needs to grow
So let the River rest, then be on her way
And let the sun come up on a brand new Blackstone day

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Hey, have you seen the Blackstone Valley
Have you walked along the banks of the Blackstone River way
And do you know the story of the dreams that she still carries
On down from Worcester Town to the ’Gansett Bay

And do you know the story of the dreams that she still carries
On down from Worcester Town to the ’Gansett Bay