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Barrie-James
featuring Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Barrie-James O'Neill
Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) Rob Schnapf
Recorded 2012
Length 3:27

"Riverside" is a song by Barrie-James O'Neill featuring Lana Del Rey, featured on his upcoming third studio album, Strange Desire. It is expected to be released November 5, 2021.

Background[]

The song was announced with the tracklist of O'Neill's first album released under the stage name "Nightmare Boy" on August 1, 2014. Plans for the album were later scrapped in favor of a four track EP in which the track did not make the cut for.

A snippet was released by O'Neill on December 17, 2014 through Instagram.[1] The full song leaked on September 22, 2015.

On October 1, 2021, O'Neill played the song during an Instagram Live. His fiancé, who was recording the live, hinted that the song could possibly still see release someday.[2]

On October 6, it was revealed that the song would be officially released on Barrie-James' upcoming album.[3]

In an interview with the Scottish Sun, O'Neill explained that the song was written in 2012, and had asked Del Rey to provide vocals for the second verse. He also revealed that he reinitiated the contact between him and Del Rey in 2020/2021, as he requested permission to use "Riverside" on his upcoming album. In return, she asked if she could use "those four songs we did together" for her own album. These being "Living Legend", "Nectar of the Gods", "If You Lie Down with Me", and "Cherry Blossom". Of "Riverside", O'Neill also said, “There is no way I could have just put it out with just me singing it on my own as I didn’t want to get attacked by the Lana Del Rey fanbase."[4]

Official version[]

  • Album version — 3:27
  • Early version — 3:46

Lyrics[]

[Barrie-James]:
I seen you walk along the riverside
I seen you walk along at ease
And in the air I feel you're silent
It whispers perfect on the breeze

And there's a voice that keeps me company
It takes me closer to the stream
And in the break of any suffering
It makes me feel like there's no pain

Finally, finally, finally I'm getting closer to the dream
To my dream, I believe

[Lana Del Rey]:
I'm up a creek and you're my paddle
Where there is you, there is my soul
Another dream where I'm the witness
I am the witness to your goal

[Barrie-James & Lana Del Rey]:
Finally, finally, finally I'm getting closer to the dream
To my dream, I believe
Finally, finally, finally I'm getting closer to the dream
To my dream, I believe

To my dream, I believe
To my dream, I believe
To my dream, I believe

References[]

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