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James Avery: Music

Down to the River

(James Avery)
April 16, 2010
Avery Communications
This song reunites 3 former Long John Baldry band performers (Andreas Schuld on guitar, John Lee Sanders on piano and background vocals, and Sherman "the tank" Doucette on blues harp). This historic recording reunion brings great "authenticity" to this southern blues/rock track. The song references Dylan, Fogerty, Mitchell and Young in the context of great singer/songwriters and the flow (or influence) of their respective music represented by the river. James Avery
DOWN TO THE RIVER (Dec. 6, 2009)

Rain started pourin’, winds they did blow,
The river was a risin’, I knew that I must go,
Down to the river, to watch that river flow,
Take me down to the water, to watch that water go,

Out on the levy, Dylan stood to preach,
He said, “The winds a blowin’ and change is in the breach.
Get you down to the river, to watch that river flow,
Take me down to the water, to watch that water go.”

Now there’s a chance of survival if a music revival shall be,
So if the current should grab you, may the tide set you free,
Set you free.

Fogerty looked up in the sky then looked back with surprise.
Said, “Tough times a comin’ boys, you see that Bad Moon Rise.
Get you down to the river, to watch that river flow,
Take me down to the water to watch that water go.”

(instrumental)

Joni turned to Neil and said, “Look at Both Sides Now.
Even with your Heart of Gold, your Harvest’s gone to hell.
Get you down to the river, to watch that river flow.
Take me down to the water to watch that water go.”
Take me down to the water to watch that water go.
Take me down to the river to watch that river flow.