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Down by the Riverside

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Words & Music: Traditional
I'm gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside
I'm gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside,
I'm gonna study war no more

I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more

Well, I'm gonna put on my long white robe, (Where?) down by the riverside (Oh)
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside
I'm gonna put on my long white robe, (Where?) down by the riverside
I'm gonna study war no more

I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more

Well, I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield, (Where?) down by the riverside
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside
I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield, (A-ha) down by the riverside
I'm gonna study war no more

I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
I ain't a gonna study war no more, I ain't a gonna study war no more
Recorded: 1956/12/04, first released on The Million Dollar Quartet

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ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2014report abuse
I've always loved this old time, traditional and classic gospel song immensely and Elvis' December 4, 1956 performance of it was marvelous. The jazz song also titled "Down By The Riverside" from Elvis' 1966 movie "Frankie And Johnny" is an entirely different song written by totally different songwriters. I've always loved both of these songs immensely.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2013report abuse
Ok, these reaction must concern the Million Dollar Q. version. I like that one, loose and full of life.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2013report abuse
Again a drum intro, but this time to no effect. In the end the song kinda breaks loose a bit with all the horns. The Million Dollar Q. version is superior.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2010report abuse
A huge disappointment to me. A medley of "When The Saints Go Marching In" and "Down By The Riverside" sounds like a great GREAT idea, especially to a New Orleans guy like myself, and having heard Elvis sing both on the Million Dollar Quartet recording only made it seem even a better possibility. But overall, the "Frankie and Johnny" recording of this is pretty dull, with almost no trace of any soul or gospel. When you hear the "Trouble With Girls" recording of "Swing Down Sweet Chariot", you can see that it was possible to do a great version of a gospel standard even in a bad Elvis movie. It really is a shame and a more obvious missed opportunity to have created the go-to version of a standard (Living in N.O. I hear both these tracks--not Elvis's version of course--pretty constantly.)
Bart van Katwijk (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2010report abuse
Great song. There's again not much to say about the performance

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