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take me to the river


composers
Words And Music: Al Green, Mabon Hodges


publisher
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background
Written by the Reverend Al Green, and perhaps made more famous by Talking Headsí cover, Take Me To The River started to appear within New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84), as the band started to lengthen the song further and further during their 1982 New Gold Tour.

Previously only available on bootlegs, it eventually surfaced on Silver Box (as part of the Barrowland's performance of New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)).


lyrics
I don't know why I love you like I do,
After all the changes that you put me through.
You stole my money and my cigarettes,
And I haven't seen hide nor nair of you yet.

I wanna know,
Won't you tell me.
Am I in love to stay?

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,
Look at all those things that we could've 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?

Hold me, love me, please me, tease me,
'Til I can't, 'til 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 changes that you put me through.
The sixteen candles burning on my wall,
Turning me nto 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.



discography
Live Version (28th February 1984) (1:00)
Recorded: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
Engineer: Steve Lillywhite

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Live Version (5th January 1985) (12:32)
Recorded: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth
Silver Box Promo CDR #2 Silver Box

Live Version (10th June 2011) (9:21)
Recorded: Bedgebury Pinetum And Forest, Gouldhurst, Kent, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Triple CD Simple Minds Live Double CD

Live Version (16th June 2011) (7:43)
Recorded: Hampton Court Palace Festival, London, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Triple CD Simple Minds Live Triple CD Simple Minds Live Limited Edition Double CD

Live Version (30th November 2013) (11:28)
Recorded: O2, London, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD




live history
New Gold Tour: 1982-1983
Tour Du Monde: 1983-1984
Barrowlands: 1985
Festival Show Tour: 2010
Greatest Hits Forest Tour: 2011
South Africa / Europe: 2013