Favorite "Bodies of Water" Songs #8 - "Take Me to the River"

@teamfreak16 (41309)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 17, 2017 10:38pm CST
Not only have I ripped off the idea for a countdown of songs with bodies of water in the title from @FourWalls , but we also, with this, #8 in my series, have a rare match: "Take Me to the River." "Take Me to the River" was written by Rock and Roll/Gospel Music/Songwriters Hall of Famer Al Green and his guitarist, Mebon "Teenie" Hodges, in 1974. Green took the song to #26 on the Billboard Hot 100, and only stopped performing the song in concert in 1976, when he became a Reverend. The tune has been covered, both on record and live, numerous times, most notably by Talking Heads, whose boffo version also reached #26 on the Hot 100, and by Syl Johnson (#48.) And you might remember the singing fish craze of the 1990's. Big Mouth Billy Bass sang "Take Me to the River" each time it detected movement. Hodges has said that he received more royalties from that animated, wall mounted fish than from any other version. I've linked to a great video of Al Green performing the song live on Soul Train. I absolutely love the Talking Heads version, but it is, after all, Green's song. Enjoy! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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@andriaperry (58386)
• United States
18 Oct
OMG! I am so old, we used to watch American band stand and Soul train, I learned to dance from watching as a kid. Like this song too.
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
Soul Train was a goldmine for R&B.
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@andriaperry (58386)
• United States
18 Oct
@teamfreak16 I loved to watch.
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
@andriaperry - Me too.
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@JohnRoberts (62755)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Oct
Al Green was a great singer: So Tired of Being Alone.
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
This, "Let's Stay Together," "Love and Happiness," and on it goes. Legend.
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@TRBRocks420 (82396)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Oct
Great choice always loved this song.
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
It's definitely a classic. Both versions.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
18 Oct
Yes, the original is Great... The one with the Fish though got tiring if you owned one of those fish.
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
I had a boss that had one. It did grow rather tiresome very quickly.
• Preston, England
18 Oct
Annie Lennox did a great cover of it too
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
She did. I love Annie. She could sing the McDonald's menu and I'd listen to it.
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• Preston, England
18 Oct
@teamfreak16 me too - Liked her from the Tourists / Eurythmics days
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Oct
@arthurchappell - I saw Eurythmics in the 80's. Awesome show.
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@Mike197602 (13911)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct
When I saw this I thought at last, I'll be able to participate in one of the music discussions I see a lot of Alas, I missed that it had to be in the title not in the lyrics I love this song so here's a link anyway
From the album 'Hifi Sean - Ft.' iTunes - https://goo.gl/3HyQyu Directed & filmed by Joseph Pattisall for Wraith Films iTunes: http://defct.de/hfstit Apple M...
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Oct
I haven't heard anything by Chrystal Waters in a long time. Gospel tinged dance music. I liked it.
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@FourWalls (15137)
• United States
19 Oct
Al Green is smooth and soulful, and I love the originals. The Heads' version is one of the very few (a handful, at best) where I love the cover better. But that's taking nothing from Rev. Al, just saying a lot about Talking Heads.
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@teamfreak16 (41309)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Oct
I love Talking Heads version. I figured since you had just used it that I'd go with the Reverend.
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@studylove (2128)
• Canada
18 Oct
Who sang this song? and is it your favorite song?