Take Me to the River

Album: Al Green Explores Your Mind (1974)
  • I don't know why I love you like I do
    After all these changes that you put me through
    You stole my money and my cigarettes
    And I haven't seen hide nor hair of you yet

    I wanna know
    Won't you tell me
    Am I in love to stay?
    Hey hey
    Take me to the river
    And wash me down
    Won't you cleanse my soul
    Put my feet on the ground

    I don't know why she treated me so bad
    After all the things that we could have had
    Love is a notion that I can't forget
    My sweet sixteen I will never regret

    I wanna know
    Won't you tell me
    Am I in love to stay?
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    Hold me, love me, please me, tease me
    Till I can't, till I can't take no more
    Take me to the river

    I don't know why I love you like I do
    After all the things that you put me through
    The sixteen candles burning on my wall
    Turning me into the biggest fool of them all

    I wanna know
    Oh won't you tell me
    Am I in love to stay?

    I wanna know
    Take me to the river
    I wanna know
    I want you to dip me in the water
    I wanna know
    Won't you wash me in the water
    Wash me in the water
    Wash me in the water
    Won't you wash me in the water
    Feeling good

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 17th 1979, the Talking Heads performed their covered version of "Take Me to the River" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Forty-one days earlier on February 4th, 1979 it had peaked at #26 {for 1 week} and spent a total of 17 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1977 and 1986 the NYC quartet had eight Top 100 records; with "Burning Down the House" being their biggest hit, it peaked at #9 {for 1 week} on October 16th, 1983...
    As stated above, “Take Me to the River” was written by Al Green; and it appeared on his eighth studio album, 'Al Green Explores Your Mind', and on March 16th, 1975 the album reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart, and #15 on Billboard's Top 200 Pop Albums chart.
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