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The Holy River

Recorded circa 1996 and released as the 8th track (disc 2) on album Emancipation (November 19, 1996). Written by Prince.

 
Let's go down 2 the holy river
If we drown then we'll b delivered

U can still see the picture upon the wall
1 eye starin' at nothing at all
The other 1 tryin' 2 focus thru all ur tears

U can try and try but there's nothin' 2 hide
U can't run from urself and what's inside
U got 2 find the answers 2 the questions that U most fear

So over and over U ask ur soul
Why'd U come down 2 a world so cold?
And the voice inside says 2night the truth will b told

U surrounded urself with all the wrong faces
Spending ur time n all the wrong places
Puttin' ur faith n things that only make U cry

People say they love U when they wanna help
But how can they when U can't help urself?
The more they say they love U, the more U just wanna die

So here we go again, the self-analysis
Have another glass of Port and uh... "4get this"
The band's playin' at the club 2night and they're bound 2 groove

There U r, U think U're high
U can't ask urself cuz U'd only lie
If U had a dollar 4 every time U tried

U can't call nobody cuz they tell U straight up
Come and make love when U really hate 'em
Relationships based on the physical r over and done
They're over and done (Ooh)
They're over and done (Ooh)
U'd rather have fun (Ooh)
With only 1, with only 1, only 1
1
1

And then it hit U like a fist on a wall
Who gave U life when there was none at all?
Who gave the sun permission 2 rise up everyday? (Ooh, oh yes)
Let me tell it (Go'n)

If U ask God 2 love U longer
Every breath U take will make U stronger
Keepin' U happy and proud 2 call His name (Go'n and say it)
Jesus (Jesus)

And over and over U ask ur soul
Why'd U come down 2 a world so cold?
And the voice inside said 2night the truth will b told
Huh, and this time I was listenin', hear me

Let's go down 2 the holy river
If we drown then we'll b delivered (Yes we will)
If we don't then we'll never see the light (No)

If U die b4 U try
U'll have 2 come back and face the light (Oh yes)
When U believe it, U got a good reason 2 cry (My, my, my)

So I went on down 2 the holy river
I called my girl and told her I had somethin' 2 give her
I asked her 2 marry me and she said yes, I cried

Oh, that night I drowned n her tears and mine and...
And instead of a glass of sorrow and wine
Lookin' back y'all, huh, I don't miss nothin' except the time

And when I see that picture upon the wall
The 1 eye starin' at nothing at all
And my eyes tryin' 2 focus, but these r much different tears
Oh, yes they r

Let's go down 2 the holy river
Let's go down 2 the holy river
Let's go down 2 the holy river
Ooh

Let's go down 2 the holy river
Let's go down 2 the holy river
Let's go down 2 the holy river


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