Don't Cross The River

Album: Homecoming (1973)
Charted: 35
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  • There's a little girl out lyin' on her own
    She's got a broken heart
    She's not the kind to take you down for long
    She knows and plays it smart

    (Ah) and if she's comin' she's showed no mark
    She's heard no whistle blowin' from the dark
    She feels like leavin' and she don't know why
    Without no bridges she's trapped, so I sigh

    Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
    Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side
    All your life
    You were on your own

    If you want you can ride my train
    And soon forget the reason that you're leaving
    You'll lose yourself and then sometime
    Maybe even save yourself some grievin'

    Oh, oh, oh, oh

    Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
    Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side
    Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
    Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side
    Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
    Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide
    Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide Writer/s: DANIEL M. PEEK
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Iulenny from Indiana @ Kevin. Just saw America two nights ago and currently the drummer sings this song and he has the perfect voice for it. The band is incredible
  • AnonymousDon't the river if can't swim the tide...I didn't know rivers had tides...? current,maybe?...well, dan peek is no longer around to explain that line...
  • Catherine from NycDan's wife said it's about her, that he wanted her to leave her mum to be with him.
  • Romanong Kurong from NagaYes, I can hear the river; it’s burbling; and I can’t help but row on it. “There’s a little girl out lying on her own, she’s got a broken heart.” “She knows and plays it smart.”

    The drums and the guitars are the water streaming down the gorge so fast—in cadence with my heart—racing past something like a void, racing past a cracked rock serving no definite purpose comes any tide—high or low.

    I have always raced with something—perhaps a memory all the time. But never the present reality. The past always has a way to run after me. And I am always sinking. But every time it does, I keep singing, “don’t cross the river if you can’t swim the tide…”
  • Lenny from Edison, NjR I P Dan Peek. You have crossed the river, my friend!
  • Staley from Dallas, TxI like how the verses start out a little discordant then resolve the sound leading to the chorus.
  • Harold from San Bernadino, CaOne of my faves from this band.
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThe two co-founders of the group, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, perform this song live in concert to this day, even though Peek wrote and sung lead on this. Peek had the highest voice of three, Beckley the second highest, so Beckley sings it, with what I would describe as mediocre results. Good song, though. Beckley also sings lead nowadays on the Peek song "Lonely People." on the h.s remainGerry
  • Kevin from Memphis , Tnthis is a hidden masterpiece, this could also be used if you've got a good poker hand (hum this line: don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide)
  • Soutiman from Mumbai, IndiaA very nice melodious song.
  • Gene from Mobile, AlGarth Brooks covered this song a few years ago
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