“I’m gonna sneak in an extra song here if we could. This is one that we don’t really know very well but we’re gonna try and do it. All of you listening out there, were gonna make a special dedication on this one because, you know, he spent so much time here. I think this is a really great song for the moment and ahh, we love him, wherever you are we wish you well. This is for River Phoenix. This song is called Ballad of Easy Rider.”
That’s how Tom Petty introduced his tribute to River during a concert at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, November 1993 in Gainesville.
Two Gainesville boys who gave so much to the world. And who left this Earth leaving behind a transcendental legacy of inspiration, kindness and love.
Hope you found yourself a River, Tom. Rest in peace. <3
The river flows, it flows to the sea
Wherever that river goes that’s where I want to be
Flow river flow, let your waters wash down
Take me from this road to some other town
All he wanted was to be free
And that’s the way it turned out to be