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Don't Cross The River by America

Album: HomecomingReleased: 1973Charted:
  • This song was written by Dan Peek, one of the three founding members of America. He left the band in 1977 after pledging to God that if successful with his music, he would dedicate his life to Jesus Christ, which he did until his death in 2011. Peek became a Christian recording artist, making #78 US with "All Things Are Possible" in 1979.
  • The lyrics are Peek's advice to a lost and lonely girl who loves life in the fast lane but feels emptiness within. He tells her, "Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide," meaning that if she is going to live life for her own fleshly reasons, she will likely be unhappy and do not expect otherwise. He invites her to accept Jesus by reminding her that "If you want, you can ride my train and soon forget the reason that you're leaving" - leaving the old life behind, and that "You'll lose yourself but then some time, maybe even save yourself some grievin'" - you'll leave certain pleasures behind but soon forget about them and save yourself many heartaches and hours of loneliness. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark - Mayberry, NC, for above 2
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Comments: 7

R I P Dan Peek. You have crossed the river, my friend!Lenny - Edison, Nj
I like how the verses start out a little discordant then resolve the sound leading to the chorus.Staley - Dallas, Tx
One of my faves from this band.Harold - San Bernadino, Ca
The two co-founders of the group, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, perform this song live in concert to this day, even though Peek wrote and sung lead on this. Peek had the highest voice of three, Beckley the second highest, so Beckley sings it, with what I would describe as mediocre results. Good song, though. Beckley also sings lead nowadays on the Peek song "Lonely People." on the h.s remainGerryKevin - Reading , Pa
this is a hidden masterpiece, this could also be used if you've got a good poker hand (hum this line: don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide)Kevin - Memphis , Tn
A very nice melodious song.Soutiman - Mumbai, India
Garth Brooks covered this song a few years agoGene - Mobile, Al
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