"Down To The River" as written by and Bernard Joseph Fanning....
Ride out the storm
Take on the wave
Don't run, run, run
The wind's gonna blow and the ground's gonna shake
Then it's gone, gone, gone

If I ask you tenderly, will you follow me down to the river?
I'll let you down, I'll break your wings
If you follow me down to the river

Try not to mourn
Shake off the pain
Don't run, run, run
The world's gonna spin and the earth's gonna quake
Then it's done, done, done

If I ask you tenderly, will you follow me down to the river?
I'll let you down, I'll break your wings
If you follow me down to the river

Follow me down
Follow me down to the river
Follow me down
Follow me down to the river
Follow me down
Follow me down to the river

I've got it all, all ahead of me now
A pattern's gonna form and the wind's gonna blow me down

Ride out the storm
Take on the wave
Don't run, run, run
The wind's gonna blow and the crowd's gonna break
Then it's gone, gone, gone

If I ask you tenderly, will you follow me down to the river?
I'll let you down, I'll break your wings
If you follow me down to the river

Follow me down
Follow me down to the river
Follow me down
Follow me down to the river
Follow me down
Follow me down to the river


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"Down to the River" as written by Bernard Joseph Fanning

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    General CommentI loved this song more the first few times I listened to it. Now, after thinking more about the lyrics than the song, I don't think I would follow him down to the river, even if he asked me tenderly! :( I think the breaking of wings is a metaphor for destroying freedom, and for some reason, in this case it makes me think of house wives who could have been something- but someone broke their wings. And then, following someone down to the river seems like a show of trust to me for some reason- and then he goes and breaks their wings? What? But why, Bernard Fanning? Why?

    And then there's the following lines which add to the disturbing after-taste of this song-
    'Try not to mourn
    Shake off the pain
    Don’t run, run, run'
    Huh... don't run? Shake off the pain? I don't know, the speaker in these lyrics sounds to me like a rather subtle creep.
    And I don't know why, but some lines, like 'the earth's going to shake' sounds a little like (but without actually being) an innuendo.

    Someone tell me I'm wrong about this song. Tell me it isn't creepy, and I'm just imagining things.
    TheEngineDriveron June 16, 2007   Link

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