The River

Album: Good Morning Revival (2007)
Charted: 39
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about sin and redemption that traverses the dark side of Los Angeles. It references Christ's parable of the prodigal son, who after running away and squandering his share of his father's inheritance, returns and is welcomed back by his forgiving dad. The father then celebrates his repentant son's homecoming by organizing a feast. Another biblical allusion in this song is the first line, "as I walk through the valley of the shadow of LA," which references a line from the 23rd ("The Lord Is My Shepherd") Psalm, "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."
  • This song features the vocalist M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. It was the first time Good Charlotte has officially collaborated with other artists on an album. Frontman Joel Madden explained about the collaboration on goodcharlotte.com: "We've been friends with Avenged for a long time. This wasn't planned, but it ended up working out. We were sitting around listening to some new music and they liked that song so we asked them to jump on. It felt right and sounded really cool. Aside from being friends of ours, we're also fans of their music and since this is our first collaboration, we couldn't be happier that they're a part of our record."

Comments: 7

  • Tw1ztidm1k3 from Port Charlotte, FlBaptized in "the river" is referencing to living in LA and getting to know the dirty side of LA after thinking all you've seen is the good side..the river of LA is the reference here
  • Kellan from TexasI love this song, its one of my favorites. I've listened to it at least a hundred times, and the biblical references make it so much better.
  • Rayna from Derby, United KingdomLike lots of people who listen to this song, I love all the religious links this song has. Like the main line in the chorus: "Baptized in The River."
  • Trina from New York, NyI love the religious imagery this uses, I analyzed it for an English class, it's one of my favorite songs, I've listened to it like a hundred times, it's amazing.
  • Billy from Perris, CaShadows and Gates make this song twelve times better
  • Bethanii from Okc, Okgood charlotte is so amazing. i love this song. they put so much meaning in this song. its got a lot of biblical meaning. and that makes it more meaningful.
  • Briana from Greensboro , NcDefinate Bible references.
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