Story behind River That Flows

River That Flows is the first song I wrote about Cyndy, wife now, girlfriend then. Or rather, I was thinking about Cyndy when I wrote my half of the song. I was in college at NTSU (now UNT). Tim Duggins was my roommate. We met the year before at Richland Junior College (now Community College). On a Sunday, I think it was, we took our guitars and a 6-pack to the park.

We played the usual songs and practiced Sister Golden Hair by America. We had come to write a new song though. I don’t remember which one of us had the original idea. But after a lot of back and forth of ideas, moments of exhilaration and excitement, and when the 6-pack was gone, we had a song called River That Flows.

Southern Plains would be formed the next year. As I’ve said before, River That Flows was a staple of our set and it remains in my set list today. Joel Nichols and I added leads and flurries, but the song you hear now is the same song we wrote that day.

Unfortunately, Timothy James Duggins died of lung cancer a few years ago. I got in touch with him again

Tim Duggins on the left with his brother, Mike.

before he died. We were going to try to get together, but the last couple of years were tremendously hard on him. It was tough for him to get around.

Rest in Peace Tim!

 

 

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Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

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  • Vicky
    Vicky Poland
    I was so touched with the idea that you wrote a song for your wife. Even time I listen to "River That Flows" the only thing that I can hear is love, that's why I couldn't help but to be impressed with that! Hopefully, I will be able to find a person who will love me and dedicate a song that was especially written just for me. That would be really sweet! I have been writing on https://topaustralianwriters.com/aussiewriter-review/ and I saw a lot of writers there wanting the same thing too!

    I was so touched with the idea that you wrote a song for your wife. Even time I listen to "River That Flows" the only thing that I can hear is love, that's why I couldn't help but to be impressed with that! Hopefully, I will be able to find a person who will love me and dedicate a song that was especially written just for me. That would be really sweet! I have been writing on https://topaustralianwriters.com/aussiewriter-review/ and I saw a lot of writers there wanting the same thing too!

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