Please believe me.
The river told me.
Very softly.
Want you to hold me, ooh...

Free fall flow, river flow.
On and on it goes.
Breath under water 'till the end.
Free fall flow, river flow.
On and on it goes.
Breath under water 'till the end.
Yes, the river knows.

Please believe me.
If you don't need me
I'm going but I need a little time.
I promised I would drown myself
In mystic heated wine.

Please believe me.
The river told me.
Very softly
Want you to hold me, ooh...

I'm going but I need a little time.
I promised I would drown myself
In mystic heated wine.

Free fall flow, river flow.
On and on it goes.
Breath under water 'till the end.
Free fall flow, river flow.
On and on it goes.
Breath under water 'till the end.


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Yes, The River Knows song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentDefinitly about suicide....the river will hold him=eternal embrace/death, going but I need a little time=needs to work up the courage to take the big step, Breath underwater till the end=drowning himself, drowning in mysticated wine= him being a mystic, and the fact that he drinks alot and will eventually drown
    Lizardking1971on January 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjimi hendrix always dreamed about living underwater, i wonder if him and jim have a connection here...
    Atemporalon November 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmm his voice.. yes it's a very under-rated Doors song. and i agree on the suicide meaning
    whootwhooton May 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIDoit and other idiocy, Alcohol is a slow form of suicide. Mysticated is how people have thought down the ages when intoxicated.
    screaming_baboonon October 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRobby wrote this one. He and Lynn might've had another argument....
    HippieFlowerChild67on December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis (musically is one the most under-rated doors songs! such a beautiful piano ballad& guitarwork. jims voice perfectly carries the melody.
    JordyWordyon July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about how the river flows infinitly, making almost all knowing like the river is a mystic thing, after all jim did have several experiances with aboriginals throughout his life, after his childhood experiance
    jay-skateon May 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentscreaming baboon is right, its mysticated wine
    there is always a fool thinking all the doors songs were about drugs
    rocketsfan4lyfeon August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always though part of the drown myself in mysticated wine could partially just be an allusion to the fact that drinking was going to kill him. I could never decide if the mysticated was referring to himself as a mystic or the fact that the drinking was actually ritual to him. Either way its my favorite line of the song.
    IDoit40Fanson March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIDoit and other idiocy, Alcohol is a slow form of suicide. Mysticated is how people have thought down the ages when intoxicated.
    screaming_baboonon October 16, 2009   Link

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