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The Holy River
Recorded: Circa 1996
Released: November 19, 1996
Album: Emancipation (8th track - disc 2)

Written by Prince.
© 1996 NPG Records, excl. 2 Legacy Recordings
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Let's go down 2 the holy river
If we drown
Then we'll B delivered

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

So over & over U ask ur soul
Y'd U come down 2 a world so cold?
& 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
& uh... "4get this"
The band's playin' at the club 2night
& they're bound 2 groove

There U R
U think U'r 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 & make love when U really hate 'em
Relationships based on the physical
R over & done
They'r over & done (Ooh...)
U'd rather have fun (Ooh)
With only 1...
Only 1
1...

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

& over & over U ask ur soul
Y'd U come down 2 a world so cold?
& the voice inside said...
2night the truth will B told, huh
& this time 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 C the light (No)
If U die b4 U try
U'll have 2 come back
& face the light (Oh yes)
When U believe it
U got a good reason 2 cry (My...)

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

Oh, that night drowned
N her tears & mine &...
Instead of a glass of sorrow & wine
Lookin' back y'all, huh
don't miss nothin' except the time
& when C that picture upon the wall
The 1 eye starin' at nothing at all
With my eyes tryin' 2 focus
But these R much different tears
Oh, yes they R (Ooh)
Let's go down 2 the holy river {repeat}
Ooh...

Let's go down 2 the holy river {repeat}


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