Written by Al Green with his guitarist, Teenie Hodges, "Take Me To The River" first appeared
on Green's 1974 album Al Green Explores Your Mind
. It wasn't a hit, but attracted lots of cover versions, including by Syl Johnson in 1975, Foghat in 1976 and Bryan Ferry in 1978.
Green and Johnson's versions were well known in R&B circles, but the Talking Heads brought it to the New Wave rock crowd and had the highest charting version of the song, reaching #26 in the US.