Don’t go by the river if you love your wife 'cause you’ll make that girl a widow and you’ll cause her pain and strife.
And if you go by the riverside, you’ll lose your life.
People by the river.
They know who’s the boss.
They’ll get at fancy city folks no matter what the cost.
And if you go by the riverside, you’ll end up lost.

There's a bat they call Lestat, who will sink his teeth in you.
You might meet a creature from the swampy Black Lagoon.
And if the moon is full, you might meet the loup-garou.
Don’t go by the riverside.
You’ll be sorry if you do!

A young man met a lady and she made this fella swoon.
So they went on down to New Orleans to elope under the moon.
He took her by the riverside to give her the heirloom.
Well, the next day he got out of bed and she wasn’t by his side.
He searched the Quarter high and low, then the bayou far and wide.
The locals say she ran away, but you know they lie.

There's a bat they call Lestat, who will sink his teeth in you.
You might meet a creature from the swampy Black Lagoon.
And if the moon is full, you might meet the loup-garou.
Don’t go by the riverside.
You’ll be sorry if you do!

Who shivers when they hear about Voodoo?
Don’t lie to me, boy, I know you do.
You'd better tremble when you hear me call 'cause you’d make a lovely shrunken head.
You’ll be my favorite Voodoo doll!

Slinging by the river.
Now he slings on Bourbon Street.
And there’s that song by Concrete Blonde about where it’s warm and green.
And if you go by the riverside, you’ll never leave.

There's a bat they call Lestat, who will sink his teeth in you.
You might meet a creature from the swampy Black Lagoon.
And if the moon is full, you might meet the loup-garou.
Don’t go by the riverside.
("Don’t go by the riverside!")
Said don’t go by that riverside.
(Said, "Don’t go by that riverside!")
Don’t go by the riverside.
(Why's that?!)
‘Cause you might meet me if you do!


Lyrics submitted by TR_Jessie

Don't Go By The River song meanings
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