Saadiq explained the song's river theme.
"For me, I love songs that have something about a river in it. I grew up in church, and there was always a song about - a negro spiritual or I'd sing like, classical negro spirituals in high school, at my high school in Oakland, and you read about the Jordan River. People sing 'The Jordan River.' Then I started listening, a little bit further into my music school, I fell in love with Neil Young, and he used the word river
. I always wanted a song that talked about the river. It's that simple. I'm a huge Al Green fan, and Al Green had, [sings] 'take me to the river
.' You know. I'm a soul baby too. I just knew that this piece, this film, with Mary and Taura, we had to say something about rivers. They both looked at me very weird when I said that."