Al Green - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

First performance: 02/08/1999


Coverinfo

Bruce has never performed TAKE ME TO THE RIVER in full, but he often played a snippet of it in the midsection of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT during The Reunion Tour. 
 
Appears on   06:17  
 
"The River Tour 2016"

2016-01-16 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA

"Shout" includes a snippet of "Take Me To The River" in the midsection.

2017-11-21 - WALTER KERR THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" includes a snippet of "Take Me To The River" in the outro. 

Songinfo

"Take Me to the River" is a 1974 song written by singer Al Green and guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges. Al Green originally recorded the song for his 1974 album, Al Green Explores Your Mind. Green dedicated his performance on the record to "...Little Junior Parker, a cousin of mine, he's gone on but we'd like to kinda carry on in his name.." According to one writer, "Green's song squares the singer's early religious convictions with more earthly interests", but when the singer became a pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in 1976, he dropped the song from his repertoire. Al Green also used the title Take Me to the River for his autobiography, published in 2000

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

I don't know why I love you like I do
After all the changes that you put me through
You stole my money and my cigarettes
And I haven't seen hide nor hair of you yet

I want to know
Won't you tell me
Am I in love to stay?
Yeah!

Take me to the river
And wash me down
Won't you cleanse my soul
Put my feet on the ground

I don't know why she treated me so bad
After all those things that we could have had
Love is a notion that I can't forget
My sweet sixteen I will never regret

I want to know
Won't you tell me
Am I in love to stay?
Ah, ah!

Hold me, love me, please me, tease me
Till I can't, till I can't, can't take no more
Oh, hey!
Take me to the river

I don't know why I love you like I do
After all the things that you put me through
The sixteen candles burning on my wall
Turning me into the biggest fool of them all

I want to know
Won't you tell me
Am I in love to stay?
Ah!

I want to know
Take me to the river
I want to know
Want you to dip me in the water
I want to know
Won't you wash me in the water, there
Wash me in the water, there
Wash me in the water
Won't you wash me in the water
Oh, oh!
Feeling good