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Yellow River cover

Yellow River Lyrics Meanings
by Elton John

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Yellow River Lyrics

So long, boy you can take my place
I've got my papers, I've got my pay
So pack my bags and I'll be on my way
To Yellow River

Put my gun down, the war is won
Fill my glass high, the time has come
I'm going back to the place that I love
Yellow River

Yellow River
Yellow River is in my mind and in my eyes
Yellow River
Yellow River is in my blood, it's the place I love Got no time for explanations
Got no time to lose
Tomorrow night you'll find me sleeping underneath the moon
At Yellow River

Cannon fire lingers in my mind
I'm so glad that I'm still alive
And I've been gone for such a long time
From Yellow River

I remember the nights were cool
I can still see the water pool
And I remember the girl that I knew
From Yellow River

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The lyrics of Yellow River are short and simple yet they convey what must be the thoughts and emotions of every soldier that is returning home after fighting in a war. Upon release, the soldier celebrates and thinks about his home and what he had left behind wondering if it will still be the same. His only thought is to return home and resume life as it had been where he can sleep under the moon, feel the cool nights and find a girl he once knew in his hometown of Yellow River. The ravages of war follow him as cannon fire lingers in his mind but this will soon be replaced by the security of the familiar surroundings of home.

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