This piano-accented ode to the river is a track from American folk-rock artist Lissie's debut album, Catching a Tiger. The song was co-written with English singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, who she met through a mutual friend.
Lissie explained the inspiration for this song to The Sun June 19, 2010; "I grew up alongside the Mississippi. Music travels in the water of that river. It's how people have always got around, how ideas spread. But there's a darkness to it as well - it casts a shadow because of all the lives it has taken. I'd been away from that area for a long time and, as I began to embrace my roots, I felt inspired to write this song. Ed Harcourt was playing the piano and the lyrics just flowed."
The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" was named in March 2009 the official Rock Song of Oklahoma. Four years later, Oklahoma's governor Mary Fallin pulled the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office said had more to do with priorities than musical taste.