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Thank Fabinho it’s Friday.

That means another music competition.

With water levels dropping back to normal after heavy rainfall this week, this is a good time to ask: What’s your favourite song whose lyrics or title refer to a river.

Here’s mine.

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135 thoughts on “Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]

  1. H

    Before I turned my back in him for the crime of getting ‘too big’ and having the audacity to play Slane (I was a very angry teenager at the time) this was always a favourite of mine from The Boss:

    https://youtu.be/5LqOgFrfuJY

    It took me up to about three years ago to finally admit that I should let it go…..

    1. Nick Kelly

      H, Did you mean to choose the song The River? There’s no references to rivers in The Ties That Bind?

  2. Rosette of Sirius

    I’ll go with something simple and just for my own pleasure

    ‘Fall in a River’ by Badly Drawn Boy from the most excellent The Hour of Bewilderbeast

    In fairness though it works best when you start from the preceding track – ‘Bewilder’ and let it play through to the next track ‘Camping Next to Water’.

    Actually, whit not listen to the whole album? Probably not done so in years and it is fantastic.

    https://youtu.be/RpaD8iy_47M

  3. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    TOLKA GAUN, By Manisha Rai
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN3rnBb7jIk

    Selecting this so that I can relate the strange tale of the Dublin Corporation Outdoor Baths and win the non-segway-sequitur of the year award.

    Photo taken just before the official “opening”, or closing, you were female.
    https://twitter.com/PhotosOfDublin/status/440160452195393536/photo/1

    The locally known Cabra Baths swimming pool was built by Dublin Corporation. It was an outdoor swimming pool situated on the banks of the Tolka River, the water from which was used to fill the pool. When it was originally opened it was for the use of both boys and girls. On the day of its official opening however the Parish Priest of Cabra West declared that the pool was for the use of boys only. Girls were banned from swimming in the pool and also from going inside the boundary walls that surrounded the area. They were urged to use the river that ran parallel to the pool.

      1. Specific Gravity

        Its almost as if there is an effort to shoehorn Palace Bros into as many of these competitions as possible in an effort to get them more widely appreciated…ahem ! The recent releases from Bonnie PB are well worth checking out. His best in quite a while.

      1. Specific Gravity

        It really is a beaut, alright. Arguably their finest. I recall quoting a few lines to an English colleague a few years back and his reaction along the lines of ‘whoa, is that Yeats?’ !

        1. Clampers Outside

          I had to look up the lyrics after that comment… and ad I did :)

          ……..

          The last time I saw you it was down at The Greek
          There was whiskey on Sunday and tears on our cheeks
          You sang me a song as pure as the breeze
          On the road leading up Glenveagh

          I sat for a while at the cross at Finnoe
          Where young lovers would meet when the flowers were in bloom
          Heard the men coming home from the fair in Shinrone
          Their hearts in Tipperary wherever they roam

          Take my hand, and dry your tears Shane
          Take my hand, forget your fears Shane
          There’s no pain, there’s no more sorrow
          They’re all gone, gone in the years Shane

          I sat for a while by a gap in the wall
          On a rusty tin can and an old hurling ball
          Heard the cards being dealt, and the rosary called
          And a fiddle playing Sean Dun Na Ngall

          And the next time I see you we’ll be down at the Greeks
          There’ll be whiskey on Sunday, tears on our cheeks
          But its stupid to laugh and it’s useless to bawl
          About a rusty tin can and an old hurling ball

          Take my hand, and dry your tears Shane
          Take my hand, forget your fears Shane
          There’s no pain, there’s no more sorrow
          They’re all gone, gone in the years Shane

          [Instrumental]

          So I walked as day was dawning
          Where small birds sang and the leaves were falling
          Where we once watched the row boats landing
          By the broad majestic Shannon

          Where we once watched the row boats landing
          By the broad majestic Shannon

  4. Fairyqueen

    Down by the Banks of the Ohio – Olivia Newton John (pre Grease) or Dolly Parton or whoever – but I only knew it played by some in-house “ballad band” – 1970’s on holidays my parents would find a bar (only time they ever really did this) with a bit of “music” and over flat cokes and taytos (me), pint of stout (Da) and a port and lemon (my mother – and one would be all she had all evening) they would sway and sometimes sing along and almost always this song came on. Good times.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lQPVrn8Om8

    1. Verbatim

      Love it and your evocative story! Always thought it was Down by the banks of the old Hiyo. Quite strong lyrics should really be in the “woman killer” category…

  5. Otis Blue

    Virgil’s Aeneid VI tells the tale of a journey to the afterworld and references Charon, the ferryman of Hades, who carries souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx. Within Seamus Heaney’s translation of Aeneid is the poem Elsewhere Anchises. It was put to music by David Holmes and Jon Hopkins with Stephen Rea reciting the words. On a glorious Spring evening take a few minutes to bathe in its loveliness.

    https://youtu.be/ljA6xWiazVQ

  6. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    I was going to list a song that mentions
    “between the Guadalquivir river and old Seville”
    but out of respect for my fellow monobrow midget hating compadres, I will refrain

  7. Stephen Moran

    Neil Young : “Down by the River”. With a refrain that laments somewhat alarmingly “Down by the river, I shot my baby” it appears at first listen lyrically to be one to file under the “Hey Joe” don’t try this at home. The ditty was penned whilst Young was bedridden & delirious with a 39.5 degree fever in a Californian log cabin. He later clarified in less than gender neutral terms that “No, there’s no real murder in it. It’s about blowing your thing with a chick. It’s a plea, a desperation cry”. Others have suggested a Class A substance reference. Whatever it’s a bona fide stoner classic and climaxes with old Neil launching into one of his epic trademark staccato guitar solos which meanders menacingly building into a hulking pile of snarling riffs before reaching the sea safely just like a pure freshwater river
    Down by the River (2009 Remaster) – YouTube

    1. Ben Madigan

      A beautiful song. I would go back to 1986’s Life’s Rich Pageant and “Cuyahoga” – a song about what was once one of America’s most polluted rivers – there was so much oil in it the river would burn.

  8. scottser

    ‘London Calling’ by The Clash. There’s a reason this tune gets nominated every week..
    AH LIVE BA THA RIEVAAAAHHH!!!

  9. Axelf

    A surprising choice from me this week. The people who brought you “ain’t no love (ain’t no use)” with Melanie Williams reformed and took a serious right turn to become Doves

    They released this beautiful track, caught by the river, and it’s lyrics reasonate in these strange times even more so

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lrsMpTgWnHk

    1. Will

      Great choice +1

      From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
      She stared in my eyes and smiled
      For her lips were the color of the roses
      That grew down the river, all bloody and wild

      On the third day he took me to the river
      He showed me the roses and we kissed
      And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
      As he knelt above me with a rock in his fist

  10. Senor skid

    The Standells – Dirty Water
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5apEctKwiD8

    Sang along to this many a warm summer evening in Fenway park watching the Red Sox, watching them pound the old enemy from the Bronx – the Yankees. The same with crisp autumn evenings during the playoffs in October – good times, and we’ll get back to them soon.

    Yankees suck!

  11. Specific Gravity

    Rivernan – Nick Drake
    https://youtu.be/idcaRTg4-fM

    Its probably the melancholia of the end of another stifled week, finally taking a breath and starting to unwind, but this track hits harder now than it otherwise might. Could be on repeat for a while before this night is out.

    Going to see the river man
    Going to tell him all I can
    About the ban
    On feeling free.
    If he tells me all he knows
    About the way his river flows
    I don’t suppose
    It’s meant for me

  12. Eug

    “I’m looking at the river but I’m thinking of the sea”. The most disturbing and most sublime song. Every time we’re at a Freddie White concert and he asks “Any requests”, she shouts loudly “In Germany Before The War”, Freddie demures then beautifully sings this Randy Newman song.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YNThC_Otw94

  13. Otis Blue

    Criminally underrated Wicklow fella pens sweet tune, which may or may not be about the confluence of the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers.

    Video features all-round decent skin, BBC 6 Music presenter and Corkman, Cillian Murphy.

    Fionn Regan – The Meeting of the Waters.

    https://youtu.be/AzUZhdVHSUo

  14. Charger Salmons

    Can’t believe no-one has mentioned this classic from the Reverend Soulmeister himself.
    Many moons ago I was hitchhiking across the States and was stranded somewhere outside Billings, Montana waiting for a ride on a warm mid-summer evening with dusk approaching.
    I fired up a doobie to pass the time and just as the good stuff hit home a car appeared in the distance – a black ’64 split-screen ‘Vette.
    After exchanging pleasantries and another three skinner the driver – a kindly old hippy – cranked up the radio and on came this song.
    Fabulous horn section, great Hammond organ and a voice to die for.
    What.a.groove.
    I remember it as if it was yesterday.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9FBUgdhxe9M

    1. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

      You refused to sit in the child seat, never thanked me for the lift, then left “chocolate stains” all over the ‘Vette after you got out. And it wasn’t yesterday bud, it was 2019. Magnificent.

  15. Charger Salmons

    Can’t believe no-one has mentioned this classic from the Reverend Soulmeister himself.
    Many moons ago I was hitchhiking across the States and was stranded somewhere outside Billings, Montana waiting for a ride on a warm mid-summer evening just as dusk was approaching..
    I fired up a doobie to pass the time and just as the good stuff hit home a car appeared in the distance – a black ’64 split-screen ‘Vette.
    After exchanging pleasantries and sparking up another three skinner the driver – a kindly old hippy – cranked up the radio and on came this song.
    What.a.groove.
    I remember it as if it was yesterday.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9FBUgdhxe9M

    1. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

      You refused to sit in the child seat, never thanked me for the lift, then left “chocolate stains” all over the ‘Vette after you got out. Also, it wasn’t yesterday bud, it was 2019. Also, it wasn’t Billings Montana, it was Billings method. Magnificent.

  16. Will

    I’ll offer up some musical nihilism with Tom Waits’ Misery is the River of the World

    https://youtu.be/UDjEDmgytOA

    Misery’s the river of the world
    Misery’s the river of the world
    Misery’s the river of the world

    Everybody row
    Everybody row
    Everybody row
    Everybody row

    Need more be said?

    ;-)

    1. benblack

      Was going to mention it earlier, but, decided to leave someone else make that point – 120 comments in, not one person did.

      So, there you have it.

    2. scottser

      ‘What’s your favourite song whose lyrics or title refer to a river.’
      Nowhere does it say that lyrics or title have to refer to a river by name – Nick’s own choice doesn’t.
      There’s only one stupid on here as far as I can see. It might have been two but you forgot to change your username again.

        1. benblack

          You may agree with him, Andy, but, technically, you’re wrong.

          Love your song choices – sometimes – but your appreciaton for The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio, endears me to you.

      1. benblack

        I knew someone would have to respond to defend their own stupidity and double down on that stupidity.

        I should be on Wall Street.

        Define – A River?

          1. benblack

            Capital ‘S’ and capital ‘B’, please – at least.

            Silly Billy.

            Please delete this post if/when corrected.

            Thanks, Bodger/Admin.

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