Tag mig ned til floden, kast mig ud i vandet…

27. november 2010

I don’t know why I love her like I do
All the changes you put me through
Take my money, my cigarettes
I haven’t seen the worst of it yet
I wanna know that you’ll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Take me to the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down

I don’t know why you treat me so bad
Think of all the things we could have had
Love is an ocean that I can’t forget
My sweet sixteen I would never regret

I wanna know that you’ll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Push me in the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me

Hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me
Till I can’t, till I can’t, till I can’t take no more of it
Take me to the water, drop me in the river
Push me in the water, drop me in the river
Washing me down, washing me down

I don’t know why I love you like I do
All the troubles you put me through
Sixteen candles there on my wall
And here am I the biggest fool of them all

I wanna know that you’ll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river and drop me in the water
Dip me in the river, drop me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down.

Kærligheden har mange metaforer. Vand er en af dem. Havet, floden. Men kærlighedens metafor kan ogsÃ¥ være et skib, som fx hos Anna & Kate McGarrigle. I Al Greens mesterlige sang “Take Me To The River” fra 1974 cirkulerer den vÃ¥de metafor med alle dens konnotationer. Det dragende, det farlige, det opslugende og druknende.
Sangen er blevet fortolket i noget, der ligner en uendelighed, hvilket jo fortæller en del om sangens kvaliteter og holdbarhed. En af de bedste fortolkninger, jeg kender, er Talking Heads udgave, som er at finde pÃ¥ gruppens andet, mesterlige album “More Songs About Buildings And Food” fra 1978. Og sÃ¥ tog bandet ogsÃ¥ nummeret op i filmen Stop Making Sense. Og det giver god mening, for sangteksten er pÃ¥ linje med mysticismen i David Byrnes egne sange.

Take Me To The River – Talking Heads

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