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John Hiatt — The River Knows Your Name
Album: Walk On
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Released: 1995
Length: 4:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Oh the river knows your name
And your tears falling like the rain
All around you suffering and pain
Oh the river knows your name

And the river hears you cry
As the lightning cracks the open sky
As your Momma sings a lullaby
Oh the river she knows why

Let the river wash you down
Beneath the surface
With a rushing sound
Like a freight train passing through a town
Let the river wash you down

Let the river take away
All the words
That you and I could never say
In the silence Darling let us pray
Let the river take it all away

Oh the river knows your name
From the Brazos to the Wabash
To the Seine
No two journeys
Are ever quite the same
But the river knows your name
Oh the river knows your name
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Been trying to buy this after hearing it on RP. Amazon now says £18 with 1-3 month despatch! Anyone know where I can buy a CD quality or FLAC download of it? Cheapest a month ago was $60...
Great song, great album. As for singing outside his range, I think this fits the wistful longing tone.
 the_jake wrote:
I can't be the first to comment on this tune.

 
Looks like you caught us with our database down. Hate it when that happens :-)

Plenty of comments below.
Comments anyone?  2nd try today to post one on this tune.
I can't be the first to comment on this tune.
Why do so many singers insist on singing songs that are beyond their range? He's really struggling on the high notes. 
 kingart wrote (emphasis mine):
The melody here has a strong similarity to that of the main theme tune of a classic John Wayne cowboy movie. Red River, I think. Or from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, also a Wayne Western. Or maybe it was a tune popular in the Old West that was adapted for the movie. I'm going to suss out the original source of this ear worm.
In any case, Hiatt is not completely original here

 
That's a lofty goal your are setting there.  Can you think of anybody who would meet this criteria?
The melody here has a strong similarity to that of the main theme tune of a classic John Wayne cowboy movie. Red River, I think. Or from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, also a Wayne Western. Or maybe it was a tune popular in the Old West that was adapted for the movie. I'm going to suss out the original source of this ear worm.
In any case, Hiatt is not completely original here. 
Never really cared for Hiatt's voice or phrasing, but this song would be nicely followed by "Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride". Similar pacing.
Looking forward to watching John and the band perform live this evening!
'Murican music
Love it
Thank you, buddy
Tender mercies?


zepher wrote:

Thanks buddy, that says it all.....




 


Nice!
 buddy wrote:
Quarter to 2am at a roadhouse on a lost stretch of highway between two dusty West Texas towns...waitresses bussing the empty tables...a couple of gritty locals at the bar having one last round...the front door swung open clearing out the bluegrey haze of cigarettes...the band working through one last song...let the river take away all the words you and I could never say...he holds her tight and tender as they shuffle slow back and forth in rhythm to the song...to the beating of their hearts...in the silence darlin' let us pray...and he swears to Jesus this time he will not let her slip away...all promises will be kept...all dues will be paid...no two journeys are ever quite the same...I can change Lord, for her...just one more chance...let the river take it all away...

 
Thanks buddy, that says it all.....



well now buddy you really made my hot boring workday disappear with your sweet words and remembrances!
Thank you Sir! 
Thanks, buddy.  That comment is literature.
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This would be good to mix into the River theme (sorta)!!!  Cool song either way!
Quarter to 2am at a roadhouse on a lost stretch of highway between two dusty West Texas towns...waitresses bussing the empty tables...a couple of gritty locals at the bar having one last round...the front door swung open clearing out the bluegrey haze of cigarettes...the band working through one last song...let the river take away all the words you and I could never say...he holds her tight and tender as they shuffle slow back and forth in rhythm to the song...to the beating of their hearts...in the silence darlin' let us pray...and he swears to Jesus this time he will not let her slip away...all promises will be kept...all dues will be paid...no two journeys are ever quite the same...I can change Lord, for her...just one more chance...let the river take it all away...
I'm Waterlogged!
My little tube amp is playing that guitar just right!
Not very exciting or interesting for John Hiatt.
Crushing........7
Very Pretty!
Thanks Bill 
Oh yes....much better!
Bryan Ferry to Joe Cocker to John Hiatt? Progressive vocal degradation...
Interesting song about suicide.

Wow, his voice like this sounds very much like the late great Chris Gaffney (RIP)....


 DanO-1 wrote:
Saw JH recently open for Los Lobos and he was on top of his game and in great voice.                               Cynaera wrote:
Oh, man - I just love John Hiatt's music.  Lately, his voice has been going the. way of Tom Waits' and Dylan's - I wonder if he's got throat cancer or something?  I hope not. I want him around for a looong time... {#Sunny}
 
  Thanks, DanO-1 (Book 'em, DanO... Sorry - couldn't resist.)  Good to know that he's still out there rippin' it up! {#Mrgreen}
Not quite, John! As always.
Saw JH recently open for Los Lobos and he was on top of his game and in great voice.                               Cynaera wrote:
Oh, man - I just love John Hiatt's music.  Lately, his voice has been going the. way of Tom Waits' and Dylan's - I wonder if he's got throat cancer or something?  I hope not. I want him around for a looong time... {#Sunny}
 


Oh, man - I just love John Hiatt's music.  Lately, his voice has been going the. way of Tom Waits' and Dylan's - I wonder if he's got throat cancer or something?  I hope not. I want him around for a looong time... {#Sunny}
brighthue wrote:
What a great set: Peter Gabriel - Biko, Hendrix - Angel, Doves - Cought By the River, Hiatt, The River Knows Your Name. Heart, mind and soul. :clap:
EXACTLY what I was just thinking... :-)
What a great set: Peter Gabriel - Biko, Hendrix - Angel, Doves - Cought By the River, Hiatt, The River Knows Your Name. Heart, mind and soul. :clap:
Too country for me. :roll:
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: Great Song!!!!
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