I want to play ''Move across the river'' for a gig tomorrow evening. It is the second song in the embeded youtube video. I've figured out all the lyrics except for the very last verse. Can anybody help me figure it out?
This is another band doing a song that seems to have something to do with it, with lyrics, but it's not the same version. It looks like different people have had their way with it. (In case anyone else is trying to figure it out, in your video it starts at about 2:34)
"High yellow, occasionally simply yellow (dialect: yaller, yeller), is a term for very light-skinned black people. It is a reference to the golden yellow skin tone of some mixed-race people. The term was in common use in the United States at the end of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century, and appears in many popular songs of the era, such as 'The Yellow Rose of Texas'."
I have a feeling the Terry/McGhee lyrics are loaded with double meaning.
I woke up this morning feeling bad thinking about the good times I must have had gonna move across the river gonna move across the river if the boat don't sink and the train don't turn around.
The Mississippi River is long and wide God! I'd love to be on the other side gonna move across the river gonna move across the river i'm gonna move, baby, to where the grass is green
You don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree I ain't after your women, they after me gonna move across the river gonna move across the river if the boat don't sink and the train don't turn around.
I've got myself a bulldog, a shepherd, three greyhounds three high yellow, two black, one brown, gonna move across the river gonna move across the river if the boat don't sink and the train don't turn around.
(The dog-math doesn't add up unless he's counting himself. What an awesome lyric!)
I don't know if this adds to the discussion or helps the OP but I have found that when you "make a song your own" by adding new lyrics or adding your own style, people appreciate it more. I think it is important for the audience to be able to say, that is Sonny Boy, or that is Slim, but it really makes an impression ( I believe) when you add a bit of your own twist on the song. Soooo, maybe you don't even need to know the lyrics word for word. Just a thought. ---------- -- Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new...
Thanks to everyone for your input and song interpretation tips. I was wayyyyy off. I thought he was talking about how he had a boat and it would take him ''2 long hours to Clark and Brown (which, I guessed, must have been towns aroud the mississipi river). I had no idea he was talking about dogs (concretely or metaphorically).
These are some great lyrics. If you have a recording of the show when your done, I'd love to hear it! I wonder if anyone knows any good articles or books on how songs evolve from artist to artist? Seeing a song turn into another song was pretty cool.
I've already FB'd Mathieu to see what he remembers but it seems that either every single song linked in this video got removed from Youtube or that Youtube changed the formatting of their urls at some point and they are broken. I was wondering if anyone had any guesses as to which it was, and if it's the urls changed if anyone knows how to find them with the old info (I've noticed a fair number of old video links are broken in the archives.)
Whenever I'm trying to get the lyrics to a song and have a hard time figuring out words that seem to be slurred, I go to some of the lyric websites on the net and hope that someone else already figured them out. However, I've found a massive amount of mistakes on those sites as well as alternate copy. I always try for the original artist version since many covers will change up the lyrics. It can always be a challenge. And we can still be entirely wrong. Who doesn't remember CCR's "bathroom on the right"?
Last Edited by Raven on Mar 25, 2020 10:29 AM
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