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Old 04-19-2010   #11
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I was just recently compiling a list of songs that mention the word "river" somewhere in the lyrics.

The Grateful dead- Brokedown Palace, Black Muddy River, Lazy River Road, Mississippi half-step uptown toodeloo

Talking heads- Cities, take me to the river, nothing but flowers,

Al Green- Take me to the river

CCR-Proud mary, Green River, etc.

mad season- river of deceit

Rush- Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta

o' brother where art thou soundtrack- down to the river to pray

sam cooke- a change is gonna come

pixies- river euphrates

String Cheese Incident- Rivertrance

Led Zeppelin- traveling riverside blues

YMSB- River

Neil Young- Down by the River

pink floyd- high hopes

phish- the lizards,

Railroad earth- mighty river

standells- dirty water

the Melodians- Rivers of babylon

Sublime- Rivers of babylon

Joni Mitchell- River

from good homes- comin' on home

Bob Dylan-watching the river flow

woody Guthrie- Roll on columbia

Willie nelson- whiskey river

johnny cash- Big River

doc watson- Deep River Blues

johnny mercer- moon river

m ward- here comes the sun again

fleet foxes- drops in the river

Allman Bros- Blue sky

bl;ack crowes- fork in the river

REM- find the river

doobie bros- blackwater

john prine- partadise

the disco biscuits- triumph, rivers

the clash- london calling

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Old 04-19-2010   #12
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Ummm... Talking Heads- Take Me To the River

"There is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together, and have a long day of it?" -Wind in the Willows
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Old 04-19-2010   #13
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On the boat again I just can't wait to get on the boat again the life I love is running rapids with my friends and I can't wait to get an the boat again, like a band of gypsies we go downt the river we are the best of freinds insisting that the world keep turning our way and our way is on the boat again.
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Old 04-19-2010   #14
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Originally Posted by caseybailey View Post
CW McCall's-Green River
Nice! I was wondering if anyone would pull out CW McCall. If you haven't heard him, you're in for a treat. His music is pretty much redneck truck driver oriented (more folk than country), but classic Colorado-centric humor in the lyrics.

Here're a few more to consider:

John Mayer: Little Jimmy (for the fishermen); On the Water; Canoe Song; River Run; God is a River (for all our departed friends)

Here are the lyrics for God is a River:

In the ever-shifting water of the river of this life
I was swimming, seeking comfort; I was wrestling waves to find
A boulder I could cling to, a stone to hold me fast
Where I might let the fretful water of this river ‘round me pass

And so I found an anchor, a blessed resting place
A trusty rock I called my savior, for there I would be safe
From the river and its dangers, and I proclaimed my rock divine
And I prayed to it “protect me” and the rock replied

God is a river, not just a stone
God is a wild, raging rapids
And a slow, meandering flow
God is a deep and narrow passage
And a peaceful, sandy shoal
God is the river, swimmer
So let go

Still I clung to my rock tightly with conviction in my arms
Never looking at the stream to keep my mind from thoughts of harm
But the river kept on coming, kept on tugging at my legs
Till at last my fingers faltered, and I was swept away

So I’m going with the flow now, these relentless twists and bends
Acclimating to the motion, and a sense of being led
And this river’s like my body now, it carries me along
Through the ever-changing scenes and by the rocks that sing this song


God is the river, swimmer

Check out the lyrics to the rest of Peter Mayer's songs here: Peter Mayer - Minnesota Folk Singer-Songwriter
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Old 04-19-2010   #15
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River of Song-An Anthology of River Songs (available from Amazon) My favorites from this album are "ROW" and "Beneath Canyon Walls"
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Awesome suggestions, thanks guys, exactly what I was looking for!
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Old 04-19-2010   #17
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"Ride the River" Eric Clapton/J.J. Cale C.D: Road to Esondido

Good song as is the rests of the c.d.
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Old 04-19-2010   #18
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Old Time Riverman- John Hartford
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"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 04-19-2010   #20
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My favorites from I-tunes;

Doyle Lawson -- Mississippi let you water flow
Leftover Salmon -- Rivers rising
Cash – Big river
Sam Bush – Big River blues
Doc Watson – Deep River blues
Neil Young – Down by the river
Burning Spear – Dread River
YMSB – Follow me to the riverside
Southern culture on the Skid – Haw River stomp
Old Crow Medicine show – James River blues
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Lonesome River
Steve Earl – Mississippi blues
Sam Bush – Same ol River
Willy – Whiskey River

CaseyBaily, I’m happy to see a CW Mcall fan out there….

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