Take Me To The River Lyrics

Take Me To The River – Al Green

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Take Me To The River Lyrics

I’d like to dedicate this song, to little Jr Park
A cousin of mine that has gone on and we’d like to kind of carry on in his name, by saying

I don’t know why I love you like I do
After all these changes that you put me through
You stole my money and my cigarettes
And I haven’t seen hide nor hair of you yet

I wanna know
Won’t you tell me
Am I in love to stay?

Take me to the river
And wash me down
Won’t you cleanse my soul
Put my feet on the ground

I don’t know why she treated me so bad
Look at all those things that we could have had
Love is a notion that I can’t forget
My sweet sixteen I will never regret

I wanna know
Won’t you tell me
Am I in love to stay?

Hold me, love me, please me, tease me
Till I can’t, till I can’t, take no more
Take me to the river

I don’t know why I love you like I do
After all the things that you put me through
The sixteen candles burning on my wall
Turning me into the biggest fool of them all

I wanna know
Oh won’t you tell me
Am I in love to stay?

I wanna know
Take me to the river
I wanna know
I want you to dip me in the water
I wanna know
Won’t you wash me in the water
Wash me in the water
Wash me in the water
Won’t you wash me in the water
Feeling good


Guitar Lessons


Take Me To The River – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this first step, we take an overview of the chord progression which has so many important lessons in itself, especially if you want to learn more about songwriting.

We also look at the initial transcriptions of bass line, horns, and strings to get this arrangement going.

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Take Me To The River – Step 2

It’s time to start learning a bunch of variations on the verse.

The question is, how do we combine horns, keyboards, and bass line into a one acoustic arrangement?

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Take Me To The River – Step 3

In this step, we dive into the bridge and discover how it can be varied using chord extensions and bass lines.

Since the verse is varied leading into this section this is also included in all examples.

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Take Me To The River – Step 4

The chorus is what is put under the microscope in this step.

The horns have an important part to play here, so does the bass. Put these together and you have a part.

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Take Me To The River – Step 5

The final missing bits of the arrangement is here clarified. This includes the intro, m8, and outro.

If you know the previous parts well, this is not too difficult to achieve.

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Take Me To The River – Step 6

In this step, we start putting the entire arrangement together.

Simply play along with the TAB loops and you will complete the first half of this one acoustic guitar arrangement.

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Take Me To The River – Step 7

Let’s play the 2nd half of the arrangement, this includes the m8 and outro.

The verse and chorus now have all embellishments such as hammer-on, slide, mutes etc. Nail it note for note using TAB loops.

Go to Take Me To The River step 7.


Take Me To The River – Step 8

After discovering all the great secrets of this composition, you are now finally ready to play the complete song.

Play it along with me and a singer.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

For anyone interested in how to write a fantastic chord progression, look no further! This blues/soul/gospel classic is one of Al Green’s finest compositions.

The question is: How do you combine all those strings, horns, keyboards, guitars, and bass lines into just a one acoustic guitar arrangement?

Go to Take Me To The River chords and guitar lessons.


Al Green

al-green-thumbAl Green is an American gospel and soul singer who has enjoyed great popularity since the early 70s.

Among his hits, you’ll find Let’s Stay Together and Take Me To The River as well as covers of A Change Is Gonna Come, Unchained Melody, Light My Fire, and My Girl.

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