Down by the Riverside
The Four Lads Lyrics


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I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
(Way down) Down by the riverside, (way down) down by the riverside
I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
Down by the riverside. (I worked my courage up and)
Asked her for a little kiss (way down) down by the riverside
(Way down) Down by the riverside, (way down) down by the riverside
I asked for a little kiss (way down) down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
She said have patience little man I'm sure you'll understand
I hardly know your name
I said if I could have my way maybe some sweet day
My name and yours will be the same (she smiled at me and I could see)
I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
(Way down) Down by the riverside, (way down) down by the riverside
I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
She said have patience little man I'm sure you'll understand
I hardly know your name
I said if I could have my way maybe some sweet day
My name and yours will be the same (she smiled at me and I could see)
I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
(Way down) Down by the riverside, (way down) down by the riverside




I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
Down by the riverside

Overall Meaning

The Four Lads's song "Down by the Riverside" tells the story of a young man who meets a girl he refers to as his "little bright-eyed doll" down by the riverside. He worked up the courage to ask her for a kiss, but she tells him to be patient and that she hardly knows his name. He tells her that maybe one day their names will be the same. The song repeats this story twice, highlighting the man's persistence and optimism in pursuing this girl he has just met.


At its core, "Down by the Riverside" is a love song, but it also touches on themes of patience, perseverance, and the hope of a future together. The repeated chorus of "down by the riverside" creates a sense of place and emphasizes the romantic nature of the setting. The song's use of "little man" to address the singer could suggest that he is young or inexperienced, adding to the innocent and sweet nature of the lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

I met my little bright-eyed doll (way down) down by the riverside
I encountered my beloved partner with enthusiasm and attraction by the river


(Way down) Down by the riverside, (way down) down by the riverside
By the riverbank, where the flowing water soothes and relaxes


I asked for a little kiss (way down) down by the riverside
I expressed my desire for physical intimacy with my sweetheart by the river


She said have patience little man I'm sure you'll understand
She advised me to be patient, young man, as she hardly knew me


I hardly know your name
She hardly had any information about me, including my name


I said if I could have my way maybe some sweet day
I expressed my hope that one day we could be united in a loving relationship


My name and yours will be the same (she smiled at me and I could see)
I envisioned us as a couple with the same name, and she responded positively with a smile




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: - DP, MICHELE PATRUNO

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Comments from YouTube:

TheHGN2001

I still own my original 45 of this record, a favorite from my childhood in the fifties.

John Leith

I remember them, I wasn't a great fan but then I was only 7. I was looking forward to Buddy Holly, Elvis and The Beatles.

Francis Alan Wormald

AT 83 I MUST ASK= WHERE MUSIC LOVERS OF ALL AGES? I SOOO SAAADDD... I MET THE LADS AS A TEEN IN LAWRENCE,MA RADIO STUDIO...A FAN TODAY!!!!

Francis Alan Wormald

@Andrew Robles ANDREW, I JUST HAPPENED ON YOUR REPLY...IT GAVE ME A HOOT...AT YOUR AGE I WAS WELL INTO GOOD POPULAR MUSIC & I AM TODAY. Be Well

Andrew Robles

Oh I’m 17 and my favorite music of all time is oldies from the 1930s-1950s so some still enjoy this music :)

Francis Alan Wormald

NOW 84 I AGHAST AT IGNORANCE OF THIS 5O's CLASSIC....SHAME ON Y'ALL...BUT...Bev WEll

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