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Watch the Fall
(c)2015 Jud Caswell (Alderdown Songs, ASCAP)

The­ Androscoggin­ River­ is­ staggering­ and­ stumbling
Tumbling­ down­ the­ rapids­ through­ town,
Mumbling­ and­ shouting­ out­ the­ sorrows
He's­ been­ trying­ to­ drown
Ever­ since­ the­ ice­ broke­ he's­ been­ out­ on­ a­ bender
Muddier­ and­ meaner­ every­ day
Tripping­ up­ the­ riverbanks
Kicking­ down­ whatever's­ in­ his­ way.

Set­ 'em­ up,­ knock­ 'em­ down,­
That's­ the­ name­ of­ the­ game­ in­ this­ town
Set­ 'em­ up,­ knock­ 'em­ down,
Watch­ the­ fall.

I­ still­ remember­ the­ year­ this­ old­ river
Flooded­ out­ the­ old­ abandoned­ mill
All­ the­ boys­ were­ drinking­ Narragansett
And­ watching­ from­ the­ hill
While­ the­ Androscoggin­ river­ climbed­ that­ foundation
Tore­ out­ every­ scrap­ they­ left­ behind.
I­ guess­ he­ used­ to­ work­ there
And­ when­ they­ left­ he­ didn't­ take­ it­ kind.

Set­ 'em­ up,­ knock­ 'em­ down,­
That's­ the­ name­ of­ the­ game­ in­ this­ town
Set­ 'em­ up,­ knock­ 'em­ down,
Watch­ the­ fall.

The­ Androscoggin­ river­ was­ a­ hell­ of­ a­ worker
He­ carried­ this­ whole­ county­ on­ his­ back
Now­ he's­ just­ a­ drunkard­ singing­ shanties
On­ the­ wrong­ side­ of­ the­ track.
The­ new­ people­ frown­ and­ they­ hold­ their­ noses
Their­ little­ ones­ throw­ rocks­ and­ run­ away
But­ you­ should've­ seen­ him
The­ day­ he­ dragged­ that­ mill­ down­ to­ the­ bay

Set­ 'em­ up,­ knock­ 'em­ down,­
That's­ the­ name­ of­ the­ game­ in­ this­ town
Set­ 'em­ up,­ knock­ 'em­ down,
Watch­ the­ fall.