I Keep Going To The River To Pray
I keep going to the river to pray, ‘Cause I need something that can wash all the pain And at the bottom of the river I run into you I been trying to keep my head above the water When deep down I don’t wanna swim no more And I try to stay afloat but I feel myself going under
The lyric for this song is one of my favorite lines from the album. It’s a beautiful, simple question that has so much depth to it as you listen to it over and over again.
- “I keep going to the river to pray…”
This line is just so powerful and evocative! It makes me wonder what went through his mind when he wrote those words. Did he mean it figuratively or literally? Was he in a place where there was an actual river nearby? Or did he have other reasons for choosing this particular phrase?
I keep on going to the river to pray
I keep on going to the river to pray.
The importance of prayer is often emphasized in Christian culture, and it is not difficult to understand why. Prayer has the potential to be a powerful force for good in our lives, providing us with guidance and understanding as we navigate through life’s uncertainties. Praying can also be an act of worship that brings us closer to God and helps us feel his presence within us.
I go down by the river every day to pray…
‘Cause I need something that can wash all the pain
And I need something that can wash all the pain away.
I need something that can wash all the pain away.
And at the bottom of the river I run into you
In this lyric, I’m talking about finding peace in the midst of chaos. You see, the river is a symbol for life and death, but here I’m using it as a metaphor for God. We all go through waves and rapids throughout our lives and sometimes they take us under (death) or we find ourselves in calm waters again (peace). But no matter what happens to you, there’s always hope because God will never leave your side!
I been trying to keep my head above the water
I’ve been trying to keep my head above the water. But I always end up sinking down again and it feels like there is no way out. And sometimes it seems like you are the only one who understands what I’m going through, because sometimes when we’re together we just stare into each other’s eyes and then everything feels ok for awhile, but then later on I get sad again because you’re not here anymore.
When deep down I don’t wanna swim no more
Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in all of the pain, and I just want to let go. Sometimes I don’t know how much longer I can keep going on like this. But deep down, there’s a part of me that knows that if I do let go of it all, then all those people who died will have died for nothing. And so instead of letting go, every day when no one is looking, when no one can see me or hear me or know what I’m doing—which isn’t really true because they’re always watching over us even if we don’t realize it—I take off my shoes and wade into the river with them until my toes touch bottom and then walk out into deeper water until the cold water reaches above my knees before kneeling down onto its surface with my head bowed low and murmuring prayers under whispered breath without making any sound at first until eventually my lips begin moving faster as though they were saying something meant only for me alone and not anyone else except maybe God Himself who might be listening from afar if He could hear our hearts’ whispers among all else going on inside His mind beyond just ours which means He might also understand why sometimes there’s nothing left worth living for anymore but still believing anyway–and holding onto hope until finally reaching shore again whereupon exiting this new found peace within ourselves once more into another day full of uncertainty which may bring forth new adventures waiting patiently at home after sunset falls upon us again tonight…
And I try to stay afloat but I feel myself going under
The song’s lyrics are about struggling with depression, and the struggle to find peace and happiness in life. The song is also about the struggle to find meaning and purpose in life.
This song is beautiful.
This song is beautiful. It’s beautiful in the way that it is a prayer that asks God for help, but it also acknowledges how hard it sometimes is to pray. Sometimes, God seems far away, and we can’t understand why He’s not answering our prayers. This song captures this tension between wanting to be close with God and having difficulty connecting with Him—between experiencing deep hurt in our lives (that we don’t understand) and the desire for comfort and healing (that doesn’t seem forthcoming).
The melody has an old-fashioned feel; I think this may be because it was written before today’s technology was available, when people didn’t have access to recording studios or drum machines or synthesizers or any of those other things that make music sound so polished nowadays. And yet despite its simple tune—which sounds like something you might hear on a banjo—it still manages to really resonate with me because there’s something about hearing someone sing from their heart about how bad they feel that makes me feel connected with them even though I’ve never met them before!
I think this is a great song, and I hope you like it too. I can’t wait to hear more from Taylor Swift in the future!