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Down By the Riverside

Songs with river in the title

By Rasma RaistersPublished 3 months ago 3 min read

“Moon River” is a song that was composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was written to be performed by British actress Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. The song won the 1962 Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. In 1999 Mancini’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In the movie you can see Hepburn as Holly Golightly singing the song, playing on the guitar while sitting on a fire escape outside of her apartment. The song also became a hit single for American singer and songwriter Jerry Butler. It was also recorded by American singer Andy William and featured on his 1962 album Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes.

“Take Me to the River” is a 1974 song that was written by American singer Al Green and guitarist Mabon “Teenie” Hodges. Green’s version was inducted into the Grammy hall of Fame in 2011. He used the title of the song for his 2000 autobiography. In 1999 the tune was used in the popular animatronic singing toy “Big Mouth Billy Bass.

“Many Rivers to Cross” is a song that was written and recorded by Jamaican musician Jimmy Cliff. It is the third single by the reggae group UB40 featured on their album Labour of Love. Their version charted on the UK Singles chart.

“The River” is a song that was written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It is the title track of his 1979 album. The song became popular and became one of Springsteen’s best-known songs. It is featured on his albums 1995 Greatest Hits and 2003 The Essential Bruce Springsteen.

“Yes, the River Knows” is a song that was recorded by American rock band The Doors. It is featured on their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun. A haunting melody accompanies the poetic lyrics by band member Jim Morrison. The lyrics suggest searching for enlightenment and self-understanding.

“Yellow River” is a song that was recorded by the British band Christie. It came out in 1970 and became a number one hit for the band in the UK. The song was written by the leader of Christie, Jeff Christie. The actual location of Yellow River is not specified in the song but the idea was inspired by a soldier going home at the end of the American Civil War. There is a major river by this name in China.

“By the Rivers Dark” is a beautiful song that was written by Canadian singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. It is a melancholic ballad that explores the themes of lost spirituality, surrender, and struggles between good and evil. Cohen reflects on his time living in Babylon.

“Cry Me a River” is a popular American torch song that was written by Arthur Hamilton. It was first recorded in 1955 by American actress and singer Julie London. Her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. She performed the song in the 1956 movie “The Girl Can’t Help It”.

“Rivers of Babylon” is a Rastafari song that was written and recorded by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The lyrics were adapted from the texts of Psalms 18 and 37 in the Hebrew Bible. The song became popular in Europe when it was recorded by the German-based disco band Boney M in 1978. Their version of the song remains one of the top ten all-time best-selling singles in the UK. The Rastafarian language was excised from the lyrics for the Boney M version. The lyrics “How can we sing King Alpha’s song” in The Melodian’s version was changed to “the Lord’s song” restoring the original Biblical words.

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Rasma Raisters

My passions are writing and creating poetry. I write for several sites online and have four themed blogs on Wordpress. Please follow me on Twitter.

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  • Kendall Defoe 3 months ago

    I love your list! And I would add "River Man" by Nick Drake (look it up)!

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