This is the first in a series of sporadic updates I am calling “Take Me To The River: Images of Water in Rock’n’Roll Music.” The title is swiped from two places: Al Green’s 1974 song, “Take Me To The River” and Greil Marcus’ 1975 book Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock’n’Roll Music. The focus of these posts will be more expansive than the title suggests but all of that is yet to be seen. The posts offered under the title “Take Me To The River” will amount to a brief archeological investigation of water in popular music. Commentary on chosen songs will expand as time goes on. Inauguration by baptism, the song of the title is first:
“Take me to the river (Take me to the river), drop me in the water (Drop me in the water)
Dip me in the river (Take me to the river), drop me in the water (Drop me in the water, water)”
“Take Me To The River” (Al Green, Mabon ‘Teenie’ Hodges) covered by Talking Heads in Rome, 1980.