Song Lyric Sunday: River

There’s no way I could pass up an opportunity to include one of my favorite songs with a river in it for Jim’s prompt today. I’ve loved this song since I first heard it on some wacky album I bought off the TV when I was 12 years old.

“Running Bear” is a super un-PC song written by Jiles Perry Richardson (the Big Bopper) and recorded by Johnny Preston in 1959. Bizarrely, while looking up this info just now, I discovered that Led Zeppelin occasionally included it in live medleys with “Whole Lotta Love.” I can’t even.

23 responses to “Song Lyric Sunday: River

  1. I remember buying albums off the TV! Ended up with some wonderful gems and some amazing duds, money permitting. Nowadays, I use iTunes to buy all the music I couldn’t afford as a teen. πŸ™‚

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  2. Life is strange, isn’t it πŸ˜β€πŸ™‹πŸ

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  3. The only river song that occurs to me at the moment is “Whiskey River” (Willie Nelson). This is largely related to the near-empty bottle of some right fucking smooth 16-year-old Irish whiskey, which indulgence seems to have eaten a fair batch of my motor skills as well as causing me to play hide-and-seek with a story I’ve been catching glimpses of all night. It flickers in and out of the corner of my eye, watching me with yellow eyes; big cat, dangerous, creeping the dark new-moon underbrush of my admittedly impaired mental landscape. To vastly understate, it’s piqued my interest

    (HiYo! One for Fandango’s word of the day [pique], except of course it’s here in your comments instead of my blog, and I’m far and away too damned lazy to do anything about it at the moment.)

    I’m not going to capture it tonight, and it will be long gone by morning, not least because story-hunting will be well buried under what promises to be a substantial hangover at church. Oh! Another river song! “Down To The River To Pray” (Allison Krause). Love that song. I used to be a True Believer, doncha know. That’s all gone now. Shame, that. Things were so much simpler. But some of the music remains, a tough, baked-in residue that no amount of scrubbing will touch. “Seasoning” I think the cooks call it. And there’s a flash of those yellow eyes reflecting up out of the dark when I wrote that.

    It’s stalking me, perhaps, instead of the other way around. Interesting.

    Where was I…Oh, yeah, Willie:

    Oh, and Allison, too, if you’re so inclined:

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    • Nice! Damn WordPress should know by know that you’re never spam even with links. I’ve had that elusive fluttering story thing happening myself… usually with a poem. And sometimes it flits back. Hopefully yours will return for another WOTD.


  4. I think this is great! A great tune! ❀

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  5. Haven’t heard this in forever. Good choice!

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  6. I like this river song and I heard that it is a favorite of Elizabeth Warren.

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  7. I had forgotten about this song until just I heard it again just now. Nice share.

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  8. I remember this song, it’s been awhile. I like the slide show that goes with it. Interesting that Led Zep used it as part of a medley!

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  9. I remember this one! Good song, romantic but sad in the end. Very cool video pictures here. πŸ™‚


  10. LOL! Love your choice! Classic! ☺

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  11. Love this. I haven’t heard this since I was a little girl. Thanks for the smile. I love anything river related, especially this!

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