River Deep – Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner Lyrics


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When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll
Only doll I've ever owned
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown

And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, let me say
And it gets higher day by day

Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby

When you were a young boy
Did you have a puppy?
That always followed you around
Well, I'm gonna be as faithful as that puppy
No, I'll never let you down

'Cause it grows stronger like a river flows
And it gets sweeter, baby and Heaven knows
And it gets sweeter, baby, as it grows

Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby

And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, let me say
And it gets higher day by day

Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby

I love you, baby, just like Robin loves to sing




I love you, baby, like a flower loves the spring
And I love you, baby, like a school boy loves his pet

Overall Meaning

The song "River Deep" by Ike & Tina Turner is a classic love song that showcases the strength, depth, and intensity of the love between two people. The opening lyrics talk about the singer's childhood memories of owning a rag doll, which serves as a metaphor for the love they have for their partner. They proclaim their love for their partner, acknowledging that it has grown and become stronger over time. The chorus repeats the phrase "River deep, mountain high," emphasizing the depth and magnitude of their love. They express that they would be devastated if they were to lose their partner, adding a heightened sense of vulnerability to the song.


In the second verse, the singer asks their partner if they had a puppy as a child, and they promise to be as faithful and loyal to their partner as that puppy was to them. They acknowledge that their love has only intensified over time and has become sweeter as they've grown closer to their partner. The song ends with the singer expressing their love and likening it to Robin's love for singing and a schoolboy's love for their pet.


Overall, the song is a touching tribute to the depth of love between two people, and the powerful emotional connection that can grow over time.


Line by Line Meaning

When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll
When I was young, I had a rag doll as my only possession


Only doll I've ever owned
It was the only doll I've ever had


Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
I love you as much as I loved that doll


But only now my love has grown
However, my love for you has grown much stronger


And it gets stronger in every way
My love for you becomes stronger each passing day


And it gets deeper, let me say
Also, it becomes deeper and more intense


And it gets higher day by day
Finally, it reaches new heights every day


Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
I ask myself if I truly love you, oh baby


River deep, mountain high
My love for you is as deep as a river and as high as a mountain


If I lost you would I cry
I wonder if losing you would make me cry


Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby
But oh, how I love you, my dear baby


When you were a young boy
When you were a little boy


Did you have a puppy?
Did you have a puppy that followed you around?


Well, I'm gonna be as faithful as that puppy
I will be as loyal and devoted to you as that puppy


No, I'll never let you down
I promise never to disappoint or betray you


'Cause it grows stronger like a river flows
My love for you grows stronger, just like a river flows


And it gets sweeter, baby and Heaven knows
And it becomes even sweeter, my baby, and only Heaven knows


And it gets sweeter, baby, as it grows
As it grows, my love for you becomes even sweeter


I love you, baby, just like Robin loves to sing
I love you, baby, like Robin loves to sing


I love you, baby, like a flower loves the spring
My love for you is like the love of a flower for the spring


And I love you, baby, like a school boy loves his pet
And I love you, my baby, like a school boy loves his pet




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector

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