"Take Me To The River" as written by Al L. Green and Mabon Hodges....
I don't know why I love her like I do
All the changes you put me through
Take my money, my cigarettes
I haven't seen the worst of it yet
I want to know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Take me to the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down

I don't know why you treat me so bad
Think of all the things we could have had
Love is an ocean that I can't forget
My sweet sixteen I would never regret

I want to know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Push me in the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me

Hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me
Till I can't, till I can't, till I can't take no more of it
Take me to the water, drop me in the river
Push me in the water, drop me in the river
Washing me down, washing me down

I don't know why I love you like I do
All the troubles you put me through
Sixteen candles there on my wall
And here am I the biggest fool of them all

I want to know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river and drop me in the water
Dip me in the river, drop me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down.


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"Take Me to the River" as written by Mabon Lewis Hodges Al Green

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  • +3
    General CommentFirst of all, these lyrics are a little off.

    "I don't know why I love you like I do . . . "

    "I want to know, can you tell me . . . "

    This song, at least the older soul version, is not sung to a human lover, but to god, who washes him down in baptism and takes his money and cigarettes in turning him from vice to virtue. The river refers to John's baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. The Al Green version has "won't you cleanse my soul" and "I haven't seen hide nor hair of you yet."

    If you find "hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me" a little racy for god, think of the Song of Songs and the tradition of bridal mysticism, where the devout enter a romantic/erotic relationship with (a) god.

    Now, if you think the Talking Heads' version is a bit more ironic than Al Green's, that's another story.

    anaton February 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDavid Byrne has always had an obsession with water and fire. This can be seen across many of Talking Head's sonsg such as Burning Down The House, Love -> Building On Fire and Once In A Lifetime. Both fire and water hasd the power to cleanse abeit different ways. David also incorperates love into these. Perhas he is saying that he wants to cleansed of all feelings and only wants to be left with love. It is clear in the lyrics he know the benefits and consequences of this desire. You can be warmed by fire and washed by water and you can be burnt by fire and you can drown in water. The lyrics in Talking Heads's cover are slightly altered to suit this feeling.
    Jacklandon September 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe original is by Al Green. This song is awesome. It has you right from the beginning, the beat is so great.
    matty kon April 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song with so mant subliminal messages.
    kfe2on February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese lyrics are incorrect, pretty much everywhere on the internet.
    The first line of the chorus ends in "Am I in love to stay?" listen closer
    orangetomorrowon July 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds to me like he is in love with a 16 year old and it has caused him trouble.

    I think the River is a metaphor for their love making.

    holybageezuson July 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the slow, recorded version..
    it's so sexy and sesual...
    lovemotionstoryon June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is originally by Al Green i believe, but I like the Talking Heads cover better!!
    FreddieIsMyIdolon January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don't know why I L O V E Y O U like I do" "Don't know why you treat me so bad" ill take a swim. "The water"
    mca5517aon July 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don't know why I love her like I do", guys, isn't it wonderful? It's like he's saying that he loves for reasons unknown, but will always do it... It's the mystery of love, that makes it so exciting, so sweet and so eternal...
    FoRevEr_SPooNeron November 05, 2007   Link

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