Favorite "Bodies of Water" Songs #8 - "Take Me to the River"
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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• Worcester, England
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
• United States
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.