Take Me To The River Lyrics

Take Me To The River

Al Green

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Take Me To The River Lyrics

I’d like to dedicate this song, to little Jr Park
A cousin of mine that has gone on and we’d like to kind of carry on in his name, by saying

I don’t know why I love you like I do
After all these 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 wanna know
Won’t you tell me
Am I in love to stay?

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
Look at 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 wanna know
Won’t you tell me
Am I in love to stay?

Hold me, love me, please me, tease me
Till I can’t, till I can’t, take no more
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 wanna know
Oh won’t you tell me
Am I in love to stay?

I wanna know
Take me to the river
I wanna know
I want you to dip me in the water
I wanna know
Won’t you wash me in the water
Wash me in the water
Wash me in the water
Won’t you wash me in the water
Feeling good


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Take Me To The River – Guitar Lesson

Take Me To The RiverThis song has been recorded in two keys, with two different singers.

In the first version, we take advantage of the low open strings the key of E gives us. This is the original key Al Green sang in.

In the second key of G, which suits a female voice better, the chords offer different advantages.

Go to video lessons: Take Me To The River chords.


Al Green – Biography

al-green-thumbAl Green is an American gospel and soul singer who has enjoyed great popularity since the early 70s.

Among his hits, you’ll find ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and ‘Take Me To The River’.

However, Al Green also sang many covers including ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘My Girl’.

To find out more, go to Al Green biography.


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