Down by the River - 2009 Remaster

by Neil Young with: Crazy Horse

Duration:
9:18
Released:
May 14, 1969
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Lyrics for Down by the River - 2009 Remaster by Neil Young:

Verse 1
Be on my side
I'll be on your side
Baby
There is no reason
For you to hide
It's so hard for me
Staying here all alone
When you could be
Taking me for a ride

Chorus
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead, oh, shot her dead, oh

Guitar Solo 1

Verse 2
You take my hand
I'll take your hand
Together we may get away
This much madness
Is too much sorrow
It's impossible
To make it today

Chorus
Yeah, yeah
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
Uh, yeah
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
She could drag me
Over the rainbow
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
And send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead, dead, oh, oh, shot her dead
Shot her dead

Guitar Solo 2

Verse 1
Be on my side
I'll be on your side
There is no reason
For you to hide
It's so hard for me
Staying here all alone
When you could be
Taking me for a ride

Chorus
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
Uh, yeah
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
She could drag me
Over the rainbow
(Uh, la la la la la lala la)
And send me away, yeah
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river

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Song Facts

Neil Young claims to have written this song, along with “Cinnamon Girl” and “Cowgirl in the Sand”, while delirious in bed in Topanga Canyon with a 103 °F (39 °C) fever, as explained in the liner notes of his 1977 anthology album Decade.

He has provided multiple explanations for the lyrics. In an interview with Robert Greenfield in 1970 Young claimed that “there’s no real murder in it. It’s about blowing your thing with a chick. It’s a plea, a desperate cry.” Introducing the song in New Orleans on September 27, 1984 Young claimed that it depicts a man “who had a lot of trouble controlling himself” who catches his woman cheating on him, then meets her down by the river and shoots her. According to Young, the local sheriff comes to the man’s house and arrests him a few hours later.

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Down by the River - WikipediaWikipedia
"Down by the River" (Albert Hammond song), 1972 folk song which upon re-release in 1975 made the top ten in West Germany and Switzerland, and the top twenty in Austria. See Hammond's corresponding 1972 album It Never Rains in Southern California .
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