About Take Me to the River

"Take Me to the River" is a 1974 song written by singer Al Green and guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges. Hit versions were recorded by both Syl Johnson and Talking Heads. In 2004, Al Green"s original version was ranked number 117 on Rolling Stone magazine"s list of the Rolling Stone"s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.




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I"d like to dedicate this song to little Junior ParkerA cousin of mine who"s gone on, but we"d like to kinda carry on in his nameI singI don"t know why I love you like I doAfter all the changes that you put me throughYou stole my money and my cigarettesAnd I haven"t seen hide nor hair of you yetI wanna knowWon"t you tell meAm I in love to stay?Hey, heyTake me to the riverAnd wash me downWon"t you cleanse my soulPut my feet on the groundI don"t know why she treated me so badAfter all the things that we could have hadLove is a notion that I can"t forgetMy sweet sixteen I will never regretI wanna knowWon"t you tell meAm I in love to stay?Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeahHold me, love me, please me, tease me"Til I can"t, "til I can"t take no moreTake me to the riverI don"t know why I love you like I doAfter all the things that you put me throughThe sixteen candles burning on my wallTurning me into the biggest fool of them allI wanna knowOh, won"t you tell meAm I in love to stay?I wanna knowTake me to the riverI wanna knowI want you to dip me in the waterI wanna knowWon"t you wash me in the waterWash me in the waterWash me in the waterWon"t you wash me in the waterFeeling good

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Al Green Albert Greene (born April 13, 1946), better known as Al Green or Reverend Al Green, is an American gospel and soul music singer. He reached the peak of his popularity in the 1970s, with hit singles such as "You Oughta Be With Me", "I"m Still In Love With You", "Love and Happiness", and "Let"s Stay Together". In 2005, Rolling Stone named him No. 66 in their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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The nomination stated that "people are born to do certain things, and Al was born to make us smile." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Green in 1995, referring to him as "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music." Green has sold more than 20 million records. more »