Take me to the waters…

Take Me To The Water · Nina Simone High Priestess Of Soul ℗ Verve Label; ℗ 1967 UMG Rec. Inc. Released on: 1967-01-01 Producer, Associated Performer, Recording Arranger: Hal Mooney Composer Lyricist: Nina Simone

Take me to the water.Wade in the Water - Wikipedia

“Take Me To The Water” performed by @Nina Simone (includes interview footage) Recording session: Live at @MorehouseCollege in Atlanta, June 1969


ONG  Streetcar Blues
Used to catch the streetcar on Pershing avenue and take it down by the Mississippi river, near the Admiral;What is Delta blues and why was it so influential?

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But my downtown adventures in and around the riverfront, Forest Park and the Jewel Box ended, when we moved up North into the suburbs, by Coldwater Creek. We had no clue, but the crick or creek was not only filled with crawdads, minnows and snapping turtles, but was also radioactive!

Rode the Missouri River Bottom roads from Florissant into to St. Charles, and

St. Louis Blues · Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy ℗ released 1954. Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment Released: 1954-10-14
Producer: George Avakian Composer, Lyricist: W. C. Handy
Assistant Producer: Rene Arsenault Vocal: Velma Middleton
Drums: Barrett Deems Mastering Engineer: Mark Wilder
Recording Engineer: Mason Coppinger Piano: Billy Kyle Bass:
Arvell Shaw Clarinet: Barney Bigard Trombone: Trummy Young

Sometimes we walked down to the Missouri riverbank. Once we created a raft and floated down the Missouri towards Mississippi mud.
We were bound for New Orleans.

We said “let it rain!”

Sister Rosetta Tharpe– “Didn’t It Rain?”

Between getting born in Barnes hospital and moving North at age five, it  rained on Arsenal Street, in Cahokia Illinois, on Pershing Avenue and all over downtown St. Louis… even when walking to Hamilton Avenue Elementary School… See the source image

or exploring the empty baptismal in the Union Avenue Christian Church…

James Earl Ray - St. Louis Connections — St. Louis City Talk

Basin Street Blues” by Sam Cooke Composer: Spencer Williams
Lyrics: “Basin Street, Basin Street
That’s the place where my friends all meet
Down in New Orleans In that land of dreams
And you don’t know how nice it seems

Aretha Franklin – Land Of Dreams

It rained hard in Florissant, Missouri between 1956 and 1969…  on farmhouses, rivers, creeks, old roads and fields of grass…

Report Linking Cancers To Radioactive Waste Near Coldwater Creek Confirmed By Federal Agency | STLPR

Green, Green Grass of Home

It even rained in Ferguson… by the Castaway Club in the VFW or the newer club down the street under the grocery store.

Castaways North

Rainy Day Blues · Willie Nelson · Jonny Lang Milk Cow Blues ℗ 2000 The Island Def Jam Music Group Released on: 2000-01-01 Producer: Freddy Fletcher Producer: Derek O’Brien Studio Personnel, Engineer: Stuart Sullivan Studio Personnel, Engineer: Larry Greenhill Composer Lyricist: Willie Nelson

It rained in Hazelwood, St. Charles, Ladue, Jennings and in far away places:

Waylon Jennings sings Waymores Blues/Shine

Cedar Falls and Marshalltown, Iowa; on the farm in Minnesota, taking the ferry across to Illinois; Antioch in Yellow Springs, Ohio; or during California days on Panhandle Park… dancing naked in the grass… 

Roy Orbison-California Blues

Anti-war riots in Massachusetts, Mardi Gras in Louisiana, Flagstaff, Arizona taxi dreaming, and Brice Canyon in Utah…

Muddy Waters – Louisiana Blues

Colorado, New Mexico, Old Mexico, Canada,

George Strait – The Seashores Of Old Mexico

China, British Columbia, Vietnam, Montana, Cambodia, Washington State,

Ireland, Alaska, England, Silverado, France, Oakland, England, St. Louis,

Silverado Blues · Jason Cadillac Smith

San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Yellow Springs, San Diego, Flagstaff,

New York City Blues – Original · Eric Clapton · Jeff Beck · The Yardbirds

Harlem, Panhandle Park, Holiday Hills, Union Station, Blueberry Hill,

Union Station Blues · John Lee Hooker

Kiel Auditorium, Fillmore West, Fox Theatre, Las Vegas Nevada, Fillmore East,

Blues Traveler – 7/5/00 – Fox Theatre

in the Dakotas, on the golf course, outside the window when reading, writing,

Loudon Wainwright III – “Golfer’s Blues”

sleeping, playing pool or playing music.

Quantum Leap – Pool Hall Blues

Almost always it rained on the waterfront

I Get The Blues When It Rains (1946) – Peggy Lee

everyday it rained on the jails and trails in the zoo.

Steel Rail Blues · Gordon Lightfoot Gord’s Gold ℗ 1967 Beat Goes On Records. 1975 Reprise Records Drums: Barry Keane Autoharp: Bruce Good Harmonica: Charlie McCoy Guitar, Vocals: Gordon Lightfoot Piano: Hargus Robbins Drums: Jim Gordon Bass Guitar: John Stockfish Bass Guitar: Junior Husky Drums:
Ken Buttrey Unknown: Kenny Friesen Banjo: Larry Good Unknown:
Lee Herschberg Orchestral Arranger: Lee Holdridge Producer:
Lenny Waronker Percussion: Milt Holland Piano: Nick DeCaro Steel Guitar:
Ollie Strong Steel Guitar: Pee Wee Charles Guitar: Red Shea Bass Guitar:
Rick Haynes Guitar,  Mandolin: Terry Clements Writer: Gordon Lightfoot

Sometimes I get thirsty, so let it rain down water on me. Life is fine.

Foy Vance – Make It Rain

Other times America exports terror, munitions and dozens of wars

Horror Blues Rapture

on 50 nations who did not attack us.

Shirley Johnson – You Shouldn’t Have Been There

The United States makes it rain bombs, death, airplanes,

Michael Burks-Make It Rain

destruction, devastation, nuclear war, explosions, murder and dishonor.

DESTRUCTION BLUES by Jimmy Witherspoon
Take me to the water, …

Where the Sun Don’t Shine · J.J. Cale

even when the sun don’t shine.

Eric Clapton “Let It Rain” (1970)

“Let it rain, let it rain,
Let your love rain down on me.
Let it rain, let it rain,
Let it rain, rain, rain.”

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