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Down by the Water - The Decemberists

Down by the Water

The King Is Dead
indie folk rock indie rock rock folk


According to the Down By The Water Songfacts, the song features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, who contributes 12-string guitar, and singer-songwriter Gillian Welch, who provides vocal harmonies. Even before Buck’s contribution, the song was heavily influenced by R.E.M. Frontman Colin Meloy told Rolling Stone it, "started out as more of a paean to R.E.M. than I think any of us really wanted it to be. "The band played around with the song to make it sound a bit less like Reckoning before Buck joined the party.


There are two groups known to have released music under this name. (1). The Decemberists are a folk rock band which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band currently consists of Colin Meloy (vocals, guitar), Chris Funk (guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, pedal steel guitar), Jenny Conlee (organ, piano, accordion), Nate Query (electric bass, acoustic bass, cello) and John Moen (drums). Notable former members include Rachel Blumberg (drums, vocals) and Jesse Emerson (bass). Show more ...

Down by the Water - The Decemberists

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