Stay Away From the River, Children (La Llorona)

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The first single from Be Good, Little Children: The Lullafrights, Vol. 1
La Llorona can be found in much of Latin America, with increasing popularity in recent horror movies. The Weeping Woman is remembered in this folk band's collective memory as a jump rope chant on the Central California play yard, and the way to keep kids from getting too close to the Kings River outside of Fresno.

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Stay Away From the River, Children (La Llorona)
written by The Rough & Tumble

Kept til curfew, curtains drawn
And the river's gonna get you even if you're good.
White lace hanging, dark and long,
And the river's gonna get you even if you're good.

This is not your mother's song,
And the river's gonna get you even if you're good.
This is not your father's wrong,
And the river's gonna get you even if you're good.

Harvest Moon and burlap sack,
River pulls her taut and slack,
Weeping woman, good or bad--
What runs through cannot flow back.

Come back (La Llorona)

And the river's gonna get you.
The river's gonna get you.
The river's gonna get you.

Weeping Woman, where's your son?
Did the Devil come and get you even if you're good?
Tell me, children, where's your home?
Could the Devil come and get you even if you're good?

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released September 18, 2020
Mallory Graham: vocals, accordion, drums, mountain dulcimer.
Scott Tyler: vocals, resonator guitar, nylon string guitar.
Recorded and produced by Nolan Rossi at RF Studios Nashville, TN

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The Rough & Tumble Nashville, Tennessee

The Rough & Tumble are a dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana band consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. Their new album, We're Only Family If You Say So, is out now!

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