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River Lyrics Meanings
by Leon Bridges

R&B/Soul
2015
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River Lyrics

Been traveling these wide roads for so long
My heart's been far from you
Ten-thousand miles gone

Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there's blood on my hands
And my lips aren't clean

In my darkness I remember
Momma's words reoccur to me
"Surrender to the good Lord
And he'll wipe your slate clean"

Take me to your river
I wanna go
Oh, go on
Take me to your river
I wanna know

Tip me in your smooth waters
I go in
As a man with many crimes
Come up for air
As my sins flow down the Jordan Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there's blood on my hands
And my lips aren't clean

Take me to your river
I wanna go
Go on,
Take me to your river
I wanna know

I wanna go, wanna go, wanna go
I wanna know, wanna know, wanna know
Wanna go, wanna go, wanna go
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know
Wanna go, wanna go, wanna go
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know

Take me to your river
I wanna go
Lord, please let me know
Take me to your river
I wanna know

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River is a song of repentance and of hope. Leon realizes his past and how he hasn't lived the life he should. It says "Tip me in your smooth waters I go in As a man with many crimes Come up for air As my sins flow down the Jordan" Meaning that whe he gets baptized he comes out a new man and his past is now behind him. By "traveling the wide roads" he was going down the path wide, evil path instead of the straight yet narrow path that leads to righteousness. The song is about becoming pure and living a life of repentance from evil ways.

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