then take me to the river, put me in the water

finally found the song I kept hearing in my head that inspired the above painting.

this painting is titled: take me to the river

 the story is, as I was working on other paintings, the song (which is below) would come on and play in the background and eventually...... I don't know..........I guess I just painted it.  I don't know why.  at the time I didn't like the song that had by then become the most annoying brain worm.   initially, I didn't understand the painting either but eventually, as I worked, the message I was creating became clear.

The painting is about faith, about waiting for it but faith (the water) does not appear to touch the woman - at least not that she can see.  so, it's a painting of longing. 

 faith is a beautiful,  wondrous thing, but it has not come to me.  if there is a god, this has not been revealed to me but I feel there is a greatness, an indomitable energy in the universe I am a part of, that I come from.  and maybe that's what dying is - joining or rejoining.  or maybe that's wrong.  how can I know?

I love gospel, I love Al Green's version of Take Me to the River.  I love the Talking Heads version too.  I can't think of a version of TMTTR I don't like.  this one started to become something to me and I began looking forward to hearing it although I hadn't made out the lyrics...I don't listen very closely when I'm working. 

Then, once I started the painting, I knew I needed to hear the words. But all I could remember was: 

Bless them and forgive them

Father cause they just don't know

I guess that's me - I just don't know.   

I searched the web, searched lyrics, described the song, the singer, everything I could recall in endless ways to no avail.  Never came close, but I'll tell you, I ended up listening to a lot of different versions of Take Me To the River, which isn't necessarily a bad thing - for any reason.

Finally today jazzradio played it and I got the name.  (they never answered my email. maybe they couldn't figure my description either).  it's definitely not Al Green's Take Me to the River.  but it's close. but it's not. it's derivative for sure.  yet...It's VERY different.  she's a unique stylist and it works. (for me anyway)

Teach The Gifted Children


Teach the gifted children

Teach them to have mercy

Teach them about sunsets

Teach them about moonrise

Teach them about anger

The sin that comes with dawning

Teach them about flowers

And the beauty of forgetfulness

Then take me to the river

And put me in the water

Bless them and forgive them

Father cause they just don't know

All the gifted children

Teach the gifted children

The ways of men and animals

Teach them about cities

The history of the mysteries

Their vices and their virtues

About branches that blow in the wind

On the wages of their sins

Teach them of forgiveness

Teach them about mercy

Teach them about music

And the cool and cleansing waters

Take me to the river

Take me to the river

Put me in the water

And teach the gifted children

All the gifted children

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on January 23, 2018 at 10:58am

Really like this painting. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on January 23, 2018 at 11:01am

thank you jon.  :D

Comment by koshersalaami on January 23, 2018 at 12:42pm

So do I. Have you ever heard the Replacements version?

Comment by Foolish Monkey on January 23, 2018 at 12:47pm

Kosh, I got to hear every version ever made.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on January 23, 2018 at 12:48pm

did you listen to this song?  it's so odd and powerful.  yet at first she sounded to me like a child with pleurisy. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 23, 2018 at 3:36pm

Al Green does a good version, as does Annie Lennox (the Talking Heads went full anti-BDS so fuck a whole bunch of them!), but in my highly biased opinion thisWC Clark version with Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn playing back up is the bestest EVAR!

Comment by Foolish Monkey on January 23, 2018 at 4:59pm

Amy I LOVE annie lenox's version.  I love most everything she does...she's so weird and cool. 

re video: I don't think I saw this one...watching it now.  you can't really fuck up TMTTR.  it's such a great blues/gospel song and a singer can get very very down with it.  

Comment by koshersalaami on January 23, 2018 at 9:27pm

Good version but what a waste of Stevie Ray.

He and I were born on the same day.

Comment by marilyn sands on January 23, 2018 at 9:41pm

Haunting painting FoolishM!  Today, a dear girl friend of many years passed away & can see many emotions in your piece you probably didn't expect.

Comment by Steel Breeze on January 24, 2018 at 7:09am



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