Down By The River
Roy Buchanan Lyrics


Down by the river

Be on my side,
I'll be on your side,
Baby
There is no reason
For you to hide
It's so hard for me
Staying here all alone
When you could be
Taking me for a ride.

Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow,
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

You take my hand,
I'll take your hand
Together we may get away
This much madness

Is too much sorrow
It's impossible
To make it today.

Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow,
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

Be on my side,
I'll be on your side,
Baby
There is no reason
For you to hide
It's so hard for me
Staying here all alone
When you could be
Taking me for a ride.

Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow,
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead

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OptimisticDeadman

3:22 ...Notice his Deluxe Reverb....pointing to the back of the stage...he played it Cranked fully, and would attenuate the loudness by pointing it away from the crowd if it was too small, or alternatively put, if too loud for the venue...
That way He could maintain his sound without losing an ounce of tube distortion or impacting negatively on his sound but having to play at a lower setting


Very Old school.



I still do not get how he could get such a sound from that amp, his blackguard Telecaster and just a cable...straight in...oh and his hands and fingers of course.


He could squeeze out sounds as huge as Jimmy Page or Toni Iommi playing huge stadiums with Marshall/Laney/Hiwatt/Orange stacks...and a Les Paul and SG respectively...but you could see it, you could imagine it, all that skill of those two and those amps and those guitars, you can "see" how they get that sound with copious use of each of their respective talents for the guitar.




But Roy...
Roy blows you're mind, because even subjectively, as this my opinion of course,...it makes no sense how he gets that sound. ( look up on youtube "Cranked Deluxe Reverb with Telecaster" great sounds, sure, some of the best distorted rock tones...but can you find Roy...Nope. Only he could do what he did.
That subtlety, emotive nature, that weeping, that growl, that moaning tone, that screaming, that vocal guitar playing... and sometimes all at once...in fact, almost always all together, or focusing on a certain type of sound. Only Roy could get that...and you simply can't find were or how he did.




.. and it just blows my mind. He was made of pure awesome guitar sound, in his mind it was all there ready to come out. He could make it the sweetest and/or the nastiest...leaving behind only a mystery as to how he did. The talent he had was simply tremendous as only it could explain it.


Once asked about why he never made "guitar faces" or showed outwardly obvious forethought...He answered: " Because it's all going on up here ", pointing to his head. A Master he is for sure.



All comments from YouTube:

xwarx1000

One of the most naturally gifted guitarist to ever walk the earth.

TextSMS Master

@EvanBluz Howdy Evan .. yep .. ACL Live in Austin back early 70's .. front row too .. he performed with his telecaster .. he did stuff on that ax that I've never seen duplicated .. I've never personally liked to play telecasters .. I'm a Vintage Strat and SG guy .. but to watch Roy bend with absolute perfect pitch and hit harmonics while doing so blew me and crowds away .. I watched him break his high E string and continue to play without batting an eye .. and without losing his continuity too .. I grew up picking with some awesome and now legend guitarists .. I still practice, play, record, write, teach and once in awhile make an appearance to perform or sit in .. it's been my 2nd job throughout my lifetime

EvanBluz

@TextSMS Master Wow Austin City Limits, lucky you!

Yeehee

Roy and Rory both

TextSMS Master

I was at several of Roys gigs on his way to popularity .. Iconic performances at Austin City limits even Houston at the old State Bank Building called Fitzgerald's .. met him personally autographed one of his albums and shared some time over a couple beers .. his mysterious and tragic death supposedly hanging himself in a Podunk jail cell after being arrested on a DWI?

He was a quiet family man making a living to support his family and career .. does that make any sense?

Rudemooddude Hamburg

Iam sure it was a lot of work and not Talent only

Bill Woo

Many know of his tone dominance. He's one of a kind, an instantly identifiable legend when you hear him play a note, like Carlos Santana or Jeff Beck. What is phenomenally great among him (and Beck and Santana), and makes a guitarist truly legendary, is his choice of notes. Probably thousands of guitarists have taken a shot at jamming to Hey Joe or Down By the River. But not like this. Roy's choice of notes is so utterly moving and emotional that it's astonishing. Legendary.

Rick Haden

He ALWAYS seems to go to a higher plane of consciousness. It starts out as sort of noodling, then slowly and softly he drifts off to that other place where all the notes in the universe are suspended around him and the rest of the world is gone. He just goes from there into another state as he builds it up. And when he then brings you back to the rest of the band, you think wow, he just magically took us on a journey. Words can’t quite express it can they?!

EvanBluz

Roy was the man for sure

Bill Woo

Like Clapton achieved on Let It Rain. Like Dickey Betts achieved on Whipping Post (and the rest of that album, OMFG). What I'm talking about is something deeper than what the spectacular Terry Kath and Gilmour did on their greatest runs. I'm talking about finding those special notes, those deeply emotional notes, that can make one literally cry upon hearing them.

Carlos and Jeff did that so many times it's ridiculous. And Roy - oh, God, yes.

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