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River Songs

GUEST,Wee Westmorland 01 Feb 23 - 10:46 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 01 Feb 23 - 01:55 PM
Dave the Gnome 01 Feb 23 - 01:24 PM
leeneia 01 Feb 23 - 12:57 PM
GUEST,James 27 Jan 23 - 08:16 PM
GUEST,saulgoldie 27 Jan 23 - 07:35 AM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 26 Jan 23 - 04:37 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 26 Jan 23 - 04:31 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 26 Jan 23 - 04:29 PM
Tim K 18 Jan 23 - 11:41 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 16 Jan 23 - 05:37 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 16 Jan 23 - 05:34 PM
Haruo 10 May 13 - 12:19 AM
Dave the Gnome 08 May 13 - 07:33 AM
kendall 08 May 13 - 06:33 AM
Tattie Bogle 08 May 13 - 04:52 AM
Airymouse 07 May 13 - 05:23 PM
Haruo 07 May 13 - 03:29 PM
GUEST 07 May 13 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,sciencegeek 07 May 13 - 11:59 AM
Haruo 07 May 13 - 11:13 AM
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Haruo 20 Aug 12 - 03:30 PM
Haruo 20 Aug 12 - 12:27 AM
Elmore 19 Aug 12 - 09:14 PM
GUEST,Beverly howard 18 Aug 12 - 11:06 PM
GUEST,Bob Shutt 02 Jun 12 - 10:02 PM
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Trapper 28 Dec 10 - 10:06 AM
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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Wee Westmorland
Date: 01 Feb 23 - 10:46 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHrmJWxpMhk Flow River


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 01 Feb 23 - 01:55 PM

Archive.org lists a little over 3500 of just 78rpm recordings with "river" in the meta data.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 Feb 23 - 01:24 PM

There is one mentioned in the thread on title puns

Song of the Vulgar boatman

The lyrics are too rude to publish:-)


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Feb 23 - 12:57 PM

I told the Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection [that's a website of popular American tunes] to search for "the river", and it says it has 219 titles with those words in them.

Happy browsing.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,James
Date: 27 Jan 23 - 08:16 PM

I'm very fond of A Gentle Easy-Flowing River by Alasdair Clayre.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 27 Jan 23 - 07:35 AM

From the world of "country," if you care about these distinctions:

"The River" by Garth Brooks.


Saul


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 26 Jan 23 - 04:37 PM

"Ohio boating-lay..." is the closest reference I could find that does not link to the Hutchinsons. But no music or lyrics for this one either:

“Scene, the Thames. The Tipperary skiff is making her way with the tide. EVERARD CLIVE and the TRAVELLING BACHELOR are at the oars; the WHISKEY-DRINKER and the FENMAN are in the stern-sheets.

WHISKEY-DRINKER.
Ease off a little, Everard––the tide will carry her on––and give us some of your conversation, such as it is.

EVERARD CLIVE.
Easy it is. We'll just give a stroke or two to guide her, and draw it mild down to Kew. Bachelor, you will not object to a little “otium cum dignitate,” I suppose.

TRAVELLING BACHELOR.
Certainly not. We, “Laboriosi remiges Ulyssei,” have brought her smartly enough down from Twickenham. Drinker, give us the Canadian boat song.

EVERARD CLIVE.
Let us have something a little more novel. The Ohio boating-lay for instance. Or is there any song from the Oregon streams? I wonder whether the Yankees will get up any boat-races on the Columbia.

FENMAN.
They must get possession of it first, which will not be effected quite so easily, in spite of all the blustering of their press and orators. These “Sweet creatures of bombast” are like Falstaff, more prone to the exercise of the tongue than of the sword.”
[Tipperary Hall, No.V, Bentley's Miscellany, Vol.19, 1846]


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 26 Jan 23 - 04:31 PM

One source, three titles:

“SCOTLAND
Soon, the Hutchinsons grouped themselves, as if by some irresistible attraction, and sang piece after piece, to the rapture of their hearers. Those who had heard them sing “The Cot where We were Born,” "The Ohio Boatman,”and “Excelsior,” may conceive something of our delight. And, of all things to be doing, they were teaching us to play “Fox and Geese” on the green below. They themselves played with great humor; and in the midst of our fun, I saw that all the servants of the house were looking on from the corner of the terrace, and not a few laborers from outside the gate.

ENGLAND
...On one occasion we were at his concert and agreed to sing on the chorus of one of his songs. We were behind a screen, out of sight of the audience, and when we struck into the chorus of the “Boatmen of the Ohio,” it seemed as if the house would come down….”

AMERICAN SONGS
...In London Mrs. Charles Dickens became their friend, and invited them on one occasion to make a morning call at her house for the express purpose of singing to her father, William Hogarth, who was a musical critic of considerable repute and influence. When the Hutchinsons arrived at the appointed moring, and were introduced to a particularly cold and very serious old gentleman who seated himself stiffly at the farther end of the room, evidently prepared for the worst, their hearts misgave them. Without much reflection they struck up the “Ohio Boatman's Song.” and went through it so successfully that the stern censor at the other end of the parlor literally flew to shake them, individually, by the hand, and to assure them he has never before listened to such delicious harmony.”
[Story of the Hutchinsons (tribe of Jesse), Vol.I-III, Hutchinson, 1896]


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 26 Jan 23 - 04:29 PM

RE: Ohio Boatman –– No lyrics or music and the title keeps changing ever so slightly but it's always the Hutchinsons.

“Perhaps too large a proportion of their programme is devoted to painful subjects to be acceptable in this careworn land of ours; at least one or two catches sung with great neatness and an Ohio boatman's Glee, (a far-off cousin to 'The Canadian Boat Song.') fell upon the ear very cheerily after the graver ditties.”
[The Eclectic Magazine, Vol.7, 1846]
Hutchinson Family Singers

Note: The 1845 tour of great Britain was by the Hutchinson Family quartet. There was a much later political adaptation of Emmett's De Boatmnan's Daunce for Abraham Lincoln's run, but nothing c.1840s as yet.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Tim K
Date: 18 Jan 23 - 11:41 PM

Healing River's a great song I haven't seen mentioned. My notes say it was written by Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff, and Pete Seeger and recorded it on 1964's I Can See a New Day.

The lyrics:

O healing river, send down your waters
Send down your waters upon this land
O healing river, send down your waters
To wash the blood from off the sand

This land is thirsting, this land is parching
No seed is growing in the barren ground
This land is thirsting, this land is parching
O healing river, send your water down

        Let the seed of freedom, awake and flourish
        Let the deep roots nourish, let the tall stalk rise
        Oh seed of freedom, awake and flourish
        Proud leaves uncurling, into the skies

For what it's worth, my simplification of the chords Pete plays go like this, transcribed Rise Up Singing style:

1st verse
G D G C / G A DA D / G B7 Em A / G AmD GC G [1st v.]

2nd verse: same as first, but end of B7 instead of G               

3rd verse:
Em — B7 — / Em A DA D / G B7 Em A / G AmD GC G


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 16 Jan 23 - 05:37 PM

From: GUEST,banjoman
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 06:30 AM

What about the Ohio Boatman's Song...?

Is there a tread for this song?


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 16 Jan 23 - 05:34 PM

Origins: The Brazos River / Rivers of Texas
Lyr/Chords Req: Rivers of Texas


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 10 May 13 - 12:19 AM

In Esperanto we have (from the Scottish Gaelic, I think; it's Hebridean anyhow) Vokas la rivero (MIDI).

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Lorelei.

Haruo


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 May 13 - 07:33 AM

This is the nicest River Song I know. :-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: kendall
Date: 08 May 13 - 06:33 AM

The jam at Gerry's rock.On the Machias river.
Oh you Mississippi River, with waters so deep and wide;
my thoughts of you keep rising, just like an evening tide. (Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Snow).

That line from American Pie...drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry...I used to think that was just silly contrived lame poetry, but then someone told me that in this case the Levee is the name of a bar.
I still don't know.

Rolling river, take me away,
I heard you travel on to a brighter day,
I want to ride upon the crest of some young wave...(David Mallett)


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 May 13 - 04:52 AM

A quick trip round Scotland:
Both Sides the Tweed
Braw Lads o Gala Water
Annan Water
Ye Banks and Braes o Bonnie Doon
The Banks of Nith
The Banks of the Devon
Song of the Clyde
Fairfield Crane
Smugglers
The Shores of the Forth
The Last of the Ferries
Guiding Light
The Silvery Tay
Newport Braes
Back o Bennachie ( Dee and Don)
Braes o Sutherland ( Oykel)
Roving Ploughboy ( Deveron)
and probably a good few more I've missed! (And another whole lot re Lochs!)


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Airymouse
Date: 07 May 13 - 05:23 PM

Shawnee Town (Way down the Ohio to Shawnee Town)
On the banks of the Merrimesee (Some Canadian mudcat can correct my spelling)
Down by the Salley Gardens (In a field by the by the RIVER, my love and I did stand)


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 07 May 13 - 03:29 PM

Skyway, just SE of Seattle. It's unlikely I'll be up anytime soon, but you never know. I have my passport. ;-) Will be going (unexpectedly) to Oaxaca next month, looking forward to some Mazatec hill music there, and there will doubtless be some sing-alongs at NOREK (Esperanto regional meeting) on Vancouver Island in September. Looks like your songcircles are generally on Wednesdays, and as luck would have it I generally have Wednesday and Thursday off, which would make that an ideal evening to be out of town... We'll see...

Haruo


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 07 May 13 - 02:12 PM

We're the Vancouver Folk Song Society and we'd love to have you at our songcircles anytime, Haruo.

Our themed songcircles have become so popular that last time we had insufficient space for everyone to sit and join in!

Future themes (and other events) are always posted on our calendar.

http://www.folksongsociety.org/VFSS%20calendar.html

I've already begun posting the themes for the fall.

Where are you that you're within a day's commute of Vancouver/Victoria?


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,sciencegeek
Date: 07 May 13 - 11:59 AM

Mike wrote this song some time ago, after reading "Goodbye to a River" - a book by John Graves, published in 1960. It is a "semi-historical" account of a canoe trip made by the author during the fall of 1957 down a stretch of the Brazos River in North Central Texas, between Possum Kingdom Dam and Lake Whitney that was slated to have as many as 13 dams built along it. He really needs to sing this one more often... sigh.

GOODBYE TO THE RIVER

He went back to the river with his Old Town canoe, that his father had bought when they both were young
He put in his pack, with his rod and his tack and his 12 gauge Remington gun
He watches the pup run along by the shore
Everything's wondrous and new
Thinks of old times and seasons of change Remembers when he was young too

River of darkness, river of light, river so wild and free
Out from the hills 'cross the West Texas plains, rolling down to the sea.

The sounds of the river flow thru his mind, like the stories his grandfather told
And clouds drift by on November's winds, life and the river move slow
Darkness surrounds him with the coming of night
The pup is asleep by the warm fireside
As the embers sparkle and flicker and fly
As they dance their dance cross the sky

River of hardship, river of strife, river so wild and free
Out from the hills 'cross the West Texas plains, rolling down to the sea

He pulls into the reeds at dawn's early light, the canvasbacks fly on their way
He picks up his gun, then puts it back down, there'll be no killing today
As the panorama before unfolds,
A tapestry woven in silvers an golds
A vision of life that few will see
And he feels wild and free

River of history, river of life, river so wild and free
Out from the hills 'cross the West Texas plains, rolling down to the sea

He climbs the embankment to get to the road, hitch into town, and gives a call home
I'll be back in a while ,but I don't know quite when, I'll be on the river 'till then
For they're building the dams at Monk and Shalan,
And everything south of the Possum King Dam
Will no longer be wild, and no longer be free
As it slowly flows to the sea

River of darkness, river of light, hardship and toil, history and life
Meandering memories abide every bend
He's saying good-bye to the river
He's saying good-by to a friend


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 07 May 13 - 11:13 AM

So, guest, is that Vancouver or Victoria? Those sound like wonderful songcircles, almost makes me want to take a day off for the commute.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 06 May 13 - 11:54 PM

Our folk club just had a river-themed songcircle evening last month and I've posted on our website all the songs sung.
http://www.folksongsociety.org/VFSS%20Songcircle%20Song%20Lists.html

Apologies if any of the titles are wrong; I just go by what the singer tells me!


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 06 May 13 - 07:58 PM

I arrived at this thread trying to find the lyrics to the unnamed Rain and the River song that people keep referring to. I also learned this song in High School choir and whenever we get a storm the words just flow through my brain! :)


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 04:17 PM

Rain and the River. I, too, remember this song from my high school   days
I;ve wondered what its origin was. The first person who mentioned it made it sound like a spiritual, but the arrangement I recall was a bit theatrical like "Ole Man River". I thought it (Rain & River) too was from a musical, but I have never seen it mentioned anywhere except this "river string" It comes to mind and I sing it sometimes in my truck when storm clouds billow up.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 20 Aug 12 - 03:30 PM

Roll, Willamette River, roll down to the sea,
Roll, Willamette River, down through your green country

or something like that

It's driving me and Mrs. Haruo (rootbeer) up a wall not being able to find it in either personal memory, CD collection, or online...


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 20 Aug 12 - 12:27 AM

My niece drove us from Seattle to Walla Walla and back last week, and each time we crossed the Columbia (four times in total) we sang the chorus to "Roll On, Columbia" all the way across. There's a good one about the Willamette, too, but I'm drawing a blank.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Elmore
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 09:14 PM

Then, there's "paddling Down the Rahway" by the sublime Kim Wallach.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Beverly howard
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 11:06 PM

I also sang river looks black with the shadows on it way back in the early 60s. Would love to know it's origins and all the words.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Bob Shutt
Date: 02 Jun 12 - 10:02 PM

I sang this song in college glee club (50 years ago). My fragmented and probably scuffled sequence recollection goes:

River looks black with the shadows on it
Mighty black clouds in the sky above.
Still I aint scared of the rain doggone it.
River and rain are the things I love.

Rain, pour down on me,
I'm happy as I can be.
For I love the rain and I love the river.   
(cant recall this line)

Let the river take the cabin and the flood soak the ground.
I'll build another cabin when the food goes down.

What do I care if the cloud get stormy
What do I care if the rain should fall.
River's my pal,and the rain's my buddy.
(not this line either)


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Frank
Date: 28 Dec 10 - 11:55 PM

Surely someone's mentioned "Moon River" from "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

I must have missed it, and don't call me Shirley.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Trapper
Date: 28 Dec 10 - 10:06 AM

I wrote a song called "Confluence" for a wedding. Here it is.

- Al


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Dec 10 - 08:07 PM

Couple of my favorites:

"The River" by Dan Fogleburg (very pretty song, very pretty...)

and

"Big Muddy" by Bruce Springsteen...

I'm sure that someone has already mentions Neil Young's "Down by the River" and the gospel/blues song "Wade in the Water"...

B~


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: open mike
Date: 27 Dec 10 - 03:49 PM

Bamboo...

you take a stick of bamboo (repeat X2)
you throw it on the water

oh, oh, Hannah

CH river, she come down (X2)

my home's across the river, (repeat X2)
My home's across the water


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: freda underhill
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 07:34 AM

John Warner's wonderful song, Murrumbidgee Water, about the Murrumbidgee river in Victoria, can be heard here if you click on the CDs link.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,Elisabeth
Date: 04 Jun 10 - 07:10 PM

What about 'Only Our Rivers Run Free'? The Irish Tenors' version is wonderful.

Try this: 'River Robin.' Worth looking up the film it was written for, Heart of the Golden West, just to hear the Hall Johnson Choir sing with Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.

Also, 'Where the Rio Rolls Along,' another Pioneer song. Excerpt here.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 04 Jun 10 - 06:33 PM

The amazing thing is that more river songs have not been written. Rivers are such enduring symbols and many have melodious names as well. Just in my personal experience in the western U.S., I know the Snake, the Virgin, the Animas, Green, Walker, Kaweah, Kings, Kern, Colorado, Gila, San Joaquin, American, Sacramento, Russian and dozens of others, large and small. Unless you live in an arid, treeless plain, you likely have one near you. Many have colorful histories as well. Maybe some will be inspired to contribute a song or two of their own.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 06:40 PM

There are many flood songs among the blues. Black people's houses were among the first to go. I'd have to paw thru my records to find the titles, tho.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 02:26 PM

Whew, I just realized that this thread dates from 1998!

Well, never mind, then. Can't believe I just typed this all out!!

Sorry,

Art


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 02:23 PM

My cassette called ON THE RIVER is one I recorded in 2 hours because I needed a recording to sell passengers on the Julia Belle Swain where I sang for a decade-- on the Mississippi River mainly-- the Illinois River too. The passengers back then, 1986 to 1997, did nor know about or want CDs---just cassettes.

I fleshed it out with live recordings from old shows of mine to be a CD for Sandy Paton on Folk Legacy Records---but it never came to fruition. (I sure do miss Sandy.) I did tell Sandy that if it came out, I wanted it to be my gift to Caroline and him.
Below is what I was thinking might be included in the CD called Art Thieme--On The River CD.

Mike Fink's Bet (a short tall tale)
Stackerlee
Bayou Sara
Julia Belle Swain Blues (by me)
Lost Jimmie Whalen (lumberjack tragedy on the river)
What Does The Deep Sea Say
Banks Of Ponchartrain
Goin' To Cairo
Rock River Valley (by me)
Diamond Jo (about the Steamboat Diamond Jo)
The State Of Illinois
Waterbound
Down By The Embarrass (by Win Stracke)
The Big Catfish (tall tale)
Shanty Boy On The Big Eau Claire
Is Your Lamps Gone Out
A Lock And Dam Tale (another tall tale)
Annie Christmas (tall tale)/Catfish John
Minimizing hard times with tall tales (spoken)
9-Pound Hammer/Big River (by Johnny Cash)
The BILLDAD (a tall tale)
Shenandoah
The Great Turtle Drive/Red River Valley (musical saw)
The Red River Shore (river variant of a Child Ballad)


I hope some of these ideas might help.
Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,camille
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 10:26 AM

Rain and the River.....that song takes me back to junior high music class around 1962. That was one cool song. In our class the boys sang the first two lines..."river looks black with the shadows on it"... then the girls sang ...."mighty black sky with the clouds above"..then the boys again sang..."still I ain't scared of the rain doggonit, river and rain are the things I love"... then in unison for the rest. We never learned the part about the levee and so on. This was in Indianapolis at an integrated school with a white music teacher. I always loved this song but couldn't find anyone else who remembered it, so thank you and thanks to Google.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: KenBrock
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 03:42 PM

"River, She Come Down" recorded by The Journeymen
"Of Time and Rivers Flowing" - Pete Seeger, 1973
"Muddy Water", Roger Miller, from BIG RIVER


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Cromdubh
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 03:33 PM

Proud Mary by Creedence

Only the rivers by Mickey McConnell


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GUEST,bobkenton
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 01:11 PM

I'd like to recommend the lovely, cool, meandering, groovy 'The River' by Terry Reid.
I've been planning a 'river' song compilation: here are some others I've thought of:
2 songs by Randy Newman: 'Louisiana 1927' and 'Burn on, Big River' from 'Good Old Boys'
A song on John Martyn's 'Bless the Weather' called something like 'Back to the River'
'Yes, the River Knows' by the Doors (Waiting For the Sun)
Many Rivers to Cross - Jimmy Cliff
Train and the River, by Jimmy Giuffre
I cast my net wide and include 'The Rio Grande', a great jazzy choral piece by Constant Lambert from a Sachaverell Sitwell poem (1920s), and Schubert's Die Forelle (the Trout, the song, or the adaptation of its melody in the eponymous piano quintet).

Why not?


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Subject: Lyr Add: LA SEINE (recorded by Jacqueline François
From: Genie
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 08:57 AM

Found it. It was recorded by Jacqueline François.

For those who don't know French, this is a very sensual song describing La Seine as the paramour of the city of Paris, e.g., "She sings, sings, sings, sings, sings day and night, For the Seine is a lover and her lover is Paris" or (last verse) "... for the Seine is a lover and Paris sleeps in her bed."

LA SEINE

La Seine est aventureuse
De Châtillon à Méry,
Et son humeur voyageuse
Flâne à travers le pays ...
Elle se fait langoureuse
De Juvisy à Choisy
Pour aborder, l'âme heureuse,
L'amoureux qu'elle a choisi!

Elle roucoule, coule, coule
Dès qu'elle entre dans Paris!
Elle s'enroule, roule, roule
Autour de ses quais fleuris!
Elle chante, chante, chante, chante,
Chant' le jour et la nuit,
Car la Seine est une amante
Et son amant c'est Paris !

Elle traîne d'île en île,
Caressant le Vieux Paris,
Elle ouvre ses bras dociles
Au sourire du roi Henri...
Indifférente aux édiles
De la mairie de Paris,
Elle court vers les idylles
Des amants des Tuileries!

Elle roucoule, coule, coule
Du Pont-Neuf jusqu'à Passy!
Elle est soûle, soûle, soûle
Au souvenir de Bercy!
Elle chante, chante, chante, chante,
Chant' le jour et la nuit...
Si sa marche est zigzagante
C'est qu'elle est grise à Paris!

Mais la Seine est paresseuse,
En passant près de Neuilly,
Ah ! comme elles est malheureuse
De quitter son bel ami!
Dans un étreinte amoureuse
Elle enlace encore Paris,
Pour lui laisser, généreuse,
Une boucle ... à Saint-Denis!

Elle roucoule, coule, coule
Sa complainte dans la nuit...
Elle roule, roule, roule
Vers la mer où tout finit...
Elle chante, chante, chante, chante,
Chant' l'amour de Paris!
Car la Seine est une amante
Et Paris dort dans son lit!


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Subject: River Songs: La Seine
From: Genie
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 08:37 AM

Here's a French song I've known for decades.   I guess the title is "La Seine," but I'm not sure.

Elle recou-le, -cou-le, -cou-le
Quand il entre dans Paris.
Elle s'en rou-le, rou-le, rou-le
Autour de ses quais fleuris.
Elle se chan-te, chan-te, chan-te,
Chante le jour et la nuit,
Car La Seine est une amante
Et son amour, c'est Paris!

I think it's from the 1940s or 1950s, sung by one of those pop chanteuses (not Piaf, IIRC, but I could be wrong).   I'm not having any luck googling it.


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Genie
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 08:25 AM

What's the name of that pop song about the Charles River that goes "Oh I love that dirty water. Boston, you're my home"?


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Genie
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 08:23 AM

My list was from the DT, Barry.   I left off at least half of what my "search" turned up, because the "river" connection was either minor or unclear, but I did include The Jam On Gerry's Rock.

I like your 1st two suggestions. LOL Probably from the Boy Scout (unofficial) songbook, eh?

Speaking of Amazon, GrassStains, there must be some songs about that one two.

Which reminds me, has anyone mentioned "Song Of The Volga Boatman?"


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: Barry Finn
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 03:53 AM

Hey Genie
You left out a few

The Yellow River - I.P. Daly
The Brown River - R.U. Sheedy
Cry Me A River - Julie London
Hell Of A Wedding On The Congo - BWI
The Banks Of The River Charles - Boston
The Banks Of The Ellen - Ellenor?
Old Tar River - Georgia Outer Banks
Over The Water To Charlie - Jacobite
River of Baballon - sp?
Jam on Gerry's Rock - lumber
The Banks of teh Gaspereaux - lumber
By the Banks of Red Roses - love more than river?
On the Banks of the Ole Tennessee - steamin
Ohio River So Deep & Wide - paddlewheelin

The 1st two, just jokin

Good nite
Barry


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: GrassStains
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 01:01 AM

Rusty Old Red River is a great song, IMO. For some reason there is a free download on Amazon.com of Anne Hills singing that song.

Carol


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Subject: RE: River Songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 12:39 AM

Azizzi, your song sounds like part of one my mother knew from a review called, "As Thousands Cheer". So, check that out.

No one has mentioned Robert Schmertz's classic "Monongahela Sal" "Roll on Monongahela, roll on to the Ohio. You used to be so pure. Now you're just a sewer, dirtying up the Gulf of Mexico."

Or the Girl Scout classic, "Peace I ask of thee oh river, peace, peace peace. When I learn to live serenely, cares will cease. From the hills I gather courage, visions of the day to be. Strength to lead and faith to follow, all are given unto me." Which is probably the work of some Girl Scout leader.


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