"'Bottom of the River' has always had mysterious origins," singer Eric Holljes tells Spinner. "The chorus of the song came to me in a dream, which was a rare and strange experience. I don't recall...

Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down to the bottom of the river
Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down, a long way down

If you get sleep or if you get none
The cock's gonna call in the morning, baby
Check the cupboard for your daddy's gun
Red sun rises like an early warning
The Lord's gonna come for your first born son
His hair's on fire and his heart is burning
So go to the river where the water runs
Wash him deep where the tides are turning

And if you fall
If you fall

Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down to the bottom of the river
Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down, a long way down

The wolves will chase you by the pale moonlight
Drunk and driven by a devil's hunger
Drive your son like a railroad spike
Into the water, let it pull him under
Don't you lift him, let him drown alive
The good Lord speaks like a rolling thunder
Let that fever make the water rise
And let the river run dry

And I said

Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down to the bottom of the river
Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down, a long way down

Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way, a long long long way
Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down, a long way down



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"Bottom Of The River" as written by Ian Christian Holljes, Eric Richard Holljes

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    My Interpretation:It's about a demon, pretending to be a helpful spirit, coming to a woman in the middle of the night. It's saying to the woman that she needs to save her son from God's wrath because her son is not baptized yet. Under the influence of this demon, she proceeds to "baptize" her son in the river but, in reality, she is drowning him without realizing it.
    nyarnyaron January 22, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song, it has such powerful voices and, such a unique sound and feeling to it. just awesome =)
    lemmeholdyou16on September 12, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:I believe that in this song they're actually singing about rebelling against God and escaping his wrath.

    The river reference in this song could be about either baptism or the drowning of witches: redemption and damnation. The religious references to God in this song seem to portray him as an antagonist... a burning creature coming for your 'first born son.' For those that are familiar with the story of Moses, this is referring to the 10th and final plague of Egypt, a punishment by God towards the Pharaoh for disobeying his commandments, where he killed all the firstborn children of the land.

    By fleeing to the river (where the tides are turning), you're given the idea that she might be able to save her son from God's wrath. By plunging him deep into the river, he will be 'washed clean.' Then....

    "Don't you lift him, let him drown alive....Let that fever make the water rise
    And let the river run dry"

    Ultimately, I think they're singing about her bringing her son down to the bottom of a river to 'wash him clean' of his 'sins,' so that God can't touch him anymore. Also, the river could serve as a symbol that the son's 'sickness' (his fever) burns away and dries up.
    jifferon October 18, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:Wow, they did that without auto-tune... there is hope for the human race!

    IMHO it demonstrates the power of emotionally-charged religious speak to get people to do evil things. Sounds like she is being helpful, but the song makes a desperate plea to commit the worst kinds of evil. Lyrics sound like they could be straight from the Old Testament.
    Mattapulton November 06, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation:My Christian interpretation of "Bottom of The River" By: Delta Rae:
    The song itself is dark and sounds like an old soldier's beat. Aka: everything in this song is serious. Reminds me personally of reality.

    "If you get sleep or if you get none
    The cock's gonna call in the morning, baby
    Check the cupboard for your daddy's gun
    Red sun rises like an early warning" --> We humans are slaves to time; eventually we will die. Whether you live every moment to count or not, the next day comes until your time has come. The "gun" is preparing for how cruel the world can be and protecting yourself from the devil's schemes.

    "The Lord's gonna come for your first born son
    His hair's on fire and his heart is burning
    So go to the river where the water runs
    Wash him deep where the tides are turning" --> God seeks for your heart and wants a relationship with you. His "hair" and "heart" is burning; God's love is passionate and it's showing. When it talks about the river it means "conversion" referring to "baptism". It is the parent's responsibility to teach their children the ways of God and how they can receive redemption and be saved. "Wash him deep where the tides are turning" means prepare his/her faith so when reality really starts coming for them, they are prepared. Aka: the Gospel.

    "And if you fall
    If you fall" --> Once you've received God completely, life doesn't get any easier. You WILL fall whether or not you let God into your heart (mention later with the "wolf").

    "Hold my hand
    Ooh, baby, it's a long way down to the bottom of the river" --> Means, "I've been through tough times and it's hard from the start of diving in to the bottom." Even if you reach the "bottom" you're still under; Satin is trying to make everything easier for you just if you follow his ways so you won't have to deal with doing the right thing. And the right thing is staying under the "water" and staying strong, God is with you.

    "The wolves will chase you by the pale moonlight
    Drunk and driven by a devil's hunger" --> Even if you weren't taught the Gospel ("Good News"), you will be chased in darkness by wolves (Satin and reality) on an endless run trying to seek truth aka, the moon's light. Sad thing is though, there is a Heaven and Hell; there is none in between. So if you've chose the wolf's path, after years of them nipping at your heels, they will devour you once you cannot run any further (aka: you died).

    "Drive your son like a railroad spike" --> So if you don't want your child to get on the wolf's game, you better tell them the Gospel and make sure they understand it. Whether they choose to believe or not, make sure they know.

    "Into the water, let it pull him under
    Don't you lift him, let him drown alive" --> Let reality pull him under, he/she has to face the decision him/her self. You can hold their hand, but it is their responsibility to where their soul ends up.

    "The good Lord speaks like a rolling thunder
    Let that fever make the water rise
    And let the river run dry" --> Once you have let God enter your heart, the Holy Spirit is in you in every second of your life; you now know better and have no excuse. So "let that fever make the water rise". Aka, through your obstacles and deeper "water" attitude should be "bring it on! I am God's child and NOTHING can separate Him from me." So "let that river run dry"!

    "And I said

    Hold my hand
    Ooh, baby, it's a long way down to the bottom of the river" --> God's got you through all of this and that their are other Christians praying for you so they and God are, "holding your hand".

    The Gospel is "Good News". The only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ alone. Jesus died for our sins so that we could have a relationship with God and enter Heaven. Sin is anything we say, do, or think that displeases God. Anything from gossiping, lying, cheating, etc. Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Meaning we cannot save ourselves. That's where Jesus comes in. Jesus is God's Son so part human, part God. Jesus lived a sinless life, but was tempted by even Satin himself! Because Jesus didn't sin, we have a connection with God. If you confess that you are a sinner and that Jesus died for your sins, you are saved (John 3:16). It doesn't matter if you did "good things" and are considered a "good person", you are going to hell. Jesus took your sin to the cross so that He took your punishment. All you have to do is accept His gift. A gift of mercy, forgiveness, and love.
    meeklinizon August 07, 2013   Link

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