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Talking Heads — Take Me To The River (live)
Album: Stop Making Sense
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7.3

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Total ratings: 437









Released: 1984
Length: 5:39
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I don't know why I love her like I do
All the changes you put me through
Take my money, my cigarettes
I haven't seen the worst of it yet
I wanna know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Take me to the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down

I don't know why you treat me so bad
Think of all the things we could have had
Love is an ocean that I can't forget
My sweet sixteen I would never regret

I wanna know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Push me in the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me

Hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me
Till I can't, till I can't, till I can't take no more of it
Take me to the water, drop me in the river
Push me in the water, drop me in the river
Washing me down, washing me down

I don't know why I love you like I do
All the troubles you put me through
Sixteen candles there on my wall
And here am I the biggest fool of them all

I wanna know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river and drop me in the water
Dip me in the river, drop me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down.
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 sunybuny wrote:


Go Tina  {#Bananajam}
 
That bass is a lot of why this one is a 9 to me and not a 7, also DB/TH sound like a FUN live band (that I never got) to see perform. Plus this cut sets up Green Onions (Live) well , with no crying involved! Long Live RP!!
 Solanus wrote:
thewiseking wrote:
Tis a shame a generation grew up on this Doofey Aspergers version rather than Al Green's Masterpiece

 
What are you doing shitting on Byrne because he has Asperger's syndrome? You're certainly wielding that term like an insult.
 

Consider the source, then disregard.
Yes, an Al Greene tune.  I can listen to it in any way that he or Talking Heads or anyone else plays, it is a masterpiece!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Yes as the previous comment says it is live recording so you have to take that into account.

However... speaking as a Talking Heads fan I do not like this version.  For some reason it has a different beat and has lost something of the original's syncopation and I do not care for this one.  I prefer not to post a negative comment so this is quite rare for me to criticise something,  Notwithstanding one person's taste is different than another etc etc.
 
It's all love in RP brother, and the song kinda sucks. The background singers give it some heart, so it's a 6 for me. 

Now, PLEASE bare in mind!

A score of 6 on RP is like a score of 12 on any other radio. Even my 1s are solid tunes on their own. Please mind!
 nampelkafe wrote:

Thanks for giving light in this dark world. I don't get TH, every song by them or Byrne is automatic PSD for me. I discovered Al Green by your comment. It's really great. Bill, please!
 
Al Green's definitive version of this song is played here on RP. Maybe not often enough; but it was played at least once in the past 30 days.
thewiseking wrote:
Tis a shame a generation grew up on this Doofey Aspergers version rather than Al Green's Masterpiece

 
What are you doing shitting on Byrne because he has Asperger's syndrome? You're certainly wielding that term like an insult.
 thewiseking wrote:
Tis a shame a generation grew up on this Doofey Aspergers version rather than Al Green's Masterpiece

 
Thanks for giving light in this dark world. I don't get TH, every song by them or Byrne is automatic PSD for me. I discovered Al Green by your comment. It's really great. Bill, please!
Tis a shame a generation grew up on this Doofey Aspergers version rather than Al Green's Masterpiece
JONATHAN DEMME REST IN PEACE By David Byrne | April 26, 2017

My friend, the director Jonathan Demme, passed last night.

I met Jonathan in the ‘80s when Talking Heads were touring a show that he would eventually film and turn into Stop Making Sense. While touring, I thought the show had turned out well and might hold up as a movie, and a mutual friend introduced us. I loved his films Melvin and Howard and Citizens Band (AKA Handle With Care). From those movies alone, one could sense his love of ordinary people. That love surfaces and is manifest over and over throughout his career. Jonathan was also a huge music fan—that’s obvious in his films too—many of which are jam-packed with songs by the often obscure artists he loved. He’d find ways to slip a reggae artist’s song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected.

We very much saw eye to eye when we met and the late Gary Kurfirst, who managed Talking Heads, found us the money to shoot Stop Making Sense. We booked four nights at the Pantages Theatre in LA at the tail end of a tour for filming. Jonathan joined us on the road and became familiar with the band and the show. Jonathan was going through a bit of a nightmare during filming—a studio and a star wanted him to reshoot parts of a big budget film he’d just finished called Swingshift. He was dealing with that in the day and shooting our low budget movie at night. Guess which one will be remembered? That said, Swingshift was filled with empathy for the women workers in U.S. factories during WWII—it was character driven, as much of his other work is.

Stop Making Sense was character driven too. Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense. I was too focused on the music, the staging and the lighting to see how important his focus on character was—it made the movies something different and special. Jonathan was also incredibly generous during the editing and mixing. He and producer Gary Goetzman made us in the band feel included; they wanted to hear what we had to say. That inclusion was hugely inspirational for me. Though I had directed music videos before, this mentoring of Jonathan’s emboldened me to try making a feature film.

Jonathan helped me as I was developing True Stories, I wrote a song for his film Something Wild, a score for Married to the Mob and we made a test sequence for a never completed documentary featuring Robert Farris Thompson called Rule of the Cool. Jonathan went on to make a lot more features—some hugely successful, others not so much. He interspersed these with a number of documentaries and music films. The documentaries are pure labors of love. They tend to be celebrations of unsung heroes—an agronomist in Haitian activist (cousin) and pastor and an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things in New Orleans post-Katrina. The fiction films, the music films and the docs are all filled with so much passion and love. He often turned what would be a genre film into a very personal expression. His view of the world was open, warm, animated and energetic. He was directing T.V. episodes even this year, when he was in remission.

Jonathan, we’ll miss you.

David Byrne

April 26th

https://davidbyrne.com/journal/jonathan-demme-rest-in-peace


Goodbye Jonathan.  Thanks for giving us one of the best rock and roll movies ever made.
 Skydog wrote:
2,...this is so bad I'm surprised they released it without a proper vocal over-dub

 
Yes as the previous comment says it is live recording so you have to take that into account.

However... speaking as a Talking Heads fan I do not like this version.  For some reason it has a different beat and has lost something of the original's syncopation and I do not care for this one.  I prefer not to post a negative comment so this is quite rare for me to criticise something,  Notwithstanding one person's taste is different than another etc etc.
 Skydog wrote:
2,...this is so bad I'm surprised they released it without a proper vocal over-dub

 
Umm. It's a live recording.
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 jimtyrrell wrote:
If you don t own it, buy the Stop Makin Sense DVD. The best concert film made to date. "Take me to the water" by T.H.s has to be one of the best covers ever!

 
PREACH!!!!{#Dancingbanana}
2,...this is so bad I'm surprised they released it without a proper vocal over-dub
If you don t own it, buy the Stop Makin Sense DVD. The best concert film made to date. "Take me to the water" by T.H.s has to be one of the best covers ever!
{#Dancingbanana_2} {#Dancingbanana}Everyone in my kitchen loves this and we're twirlin'.
 OceanBlue wrote:
That bass line is sex.

 

Go Tina  {#Bananajam}
That bigmouth billy bass line.
Loving Talking Heads this afternoon!
That bass line is sex.