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"Down by the Riverside" by Feter and Roxylee w/ Jgurner


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awigze

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This song, Down by the Riverside has a long history and was known in Civil War times. It was sung by both whites and blacks. The verse "I ain't goin' to study war no mo'" perhaps originated about this time. Slaves from the American South adopted this song as a work song and added many lines to it from other spirituals. It has endured far into modern times with little changes since.

When I first heard the vocal track from Feter and Roxylee my idea of treatment was to handle the song as if it were being sung as people were arriving at the spiritual river of heaven. Where the saints (that's us) arrive with all of their armor and crowns. Laying down their heavy and earthly loads it is a true moment of joy that a celebration erupts as the rewards of heaven are revealed. As this was an 'outdoor' event it became paramount that the parade theme be consistent with a marching brass band. Nearly Dixieland in sound and the addition of a Tuba it solved the problem of the impracticality of a stringed bass. Joseph Gurner's brilliant handling of the project made the already great vocals transport outside and gave it a sense of place.

The project was handed over to me about 4 months ago and it went through a number machinations and was even put on hold for a while as we brooded over it's direction. Feter showed his characteristic patience and grace and I feel blessed to have been included in such a project. I worried that I might be taking too long but I realized that this was not really anyone's project and I had the sense that there is a spiritual reason for the timing of this. I can't explain this, but it has all to do with Mr. Feter. Only he can discern the outcome.

Photograph of Yellowstone river as it flows north just past Fishkill Bridge.
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Lyrics
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Ain't gonna study war no more.

I ain't gonna study war no more,
I ain't gonna study war no more,
Study war no more.
I ain't gonna study war no more,
I ain't gonna study war no more,
Study war no more.

Gonna stick my sword in the golden sand;
Down By the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna stick my sword in the golden sand
Down by the riverside
Gonna study war no more.

Gonna put on my long white robe;
Down By the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna put on my long white robe; Down by the riverside
Gonna study war no more.

Gonna put on my starry crown; Down By the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna put on my starry crown;
Down by the riverside
Gonna study war no more.
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Uploaded: Jun 19, 2009 - 07:36:11 PM
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2009 - 08:43:35 AM Last Played: Sep 12, 2017 - 12:50:23 PM
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Feter said 3042 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Down by the Riverside
Andy Roxy and Joe ...I cant thank you all of these times waiting to do this
song ..it means alot to me personally and have Roxy beside me and now Andy
spiritual inspirations over it with marvelous Sax and Joe's ...this is just
absolutly a true joy and honor to me ... God Bless you all ...peace !!!!!
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awigze said 3042 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Feter
This was most challenging in a lot of ways - and not always musical ways either... it more producing than anything - kind of my first go at a project with this scope... I appreciate the opportunity to do it. You are great friend Mr Feter McBlues. Best prayers and wishes for you!
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Roxylee said 3042 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
I love what you did with this, Andy
You made it joyful, alive, and jubilant! This is a blessing to hear. You have made it special. I love the ending the best. :-)
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awigze said 3042 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Roxylee
The life was there when it arrived in my email. Joe made it real! I just watched over it for a bit...
I knew you would like the ending.... that was for you!
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dajama said 3042 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Magnificent
This is really wonderful. The vocals are great (as if there was any doubt!) and the instrumentation and crowd noises, hand claps and all, just make this warm and joyous. A treat for the ears and the heart. Nicely done to everyone involved. Kudos, people. Very cool. Peace.
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awigze said 3039 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
dajam
Thanks for the listen and the cool comment. Everyone's involvement is most cool - true sense of the word- collaboration... Joe was great! everyone - cant say enough Glad it touched ya!
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davisamerica said 3042 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
man....
extra special guys ... deepest bows
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awigze said 3039 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
DA
happy you liked it and glad you took a listen.
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michaeljayklein said 3042 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Loved it!
You guys just made my night--this was wonderful and a perfect way to end the evening. Thanks so much for doing this and for sharing it with us!

Michael
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awigze said 3039 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
michaelj
What a cool thing to say.... a work of love - for sure by everyone.
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ShadowofNine said 3041 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Memories
are made of this...bravo
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awigze said 3039 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
Shadow
very insightful comment as well as short and to the point... glad you heard our offering. Feter, Roxylee and Jgurner made it happen.
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Skean said 3041 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Amazing
Guys, just amazing, I'm there and I loved it... Thanks :D)*****
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awigze said 3039 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
Skean
thanks for droppin by. .... it is pretty cool, huh?
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Doug Somers said 3040 days ago (June 21st, 2009)
Captures the spirit
of this music of the people. Well put together! It has such an authentic open air intimate feel, like I was there. Kudos to all involved.

Thanks for posting!
Doug
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awigze said 3039 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
Doug
thanks Doug. I am glad it goes somewhere... "being there" is the desired effect. Thanks for listnin
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Calchas said 3038 days ago (June 23rd, 2009)
Salvation Army Band!
Wow, what a hoot!

Great job by all!

Be well friends!
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awigze said 3038 days ago (June 23rd, 2009)
Mike
Ya - man Joe did a great job - he made this song great...it was great before, but he jgurnered it!
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kassia said 3037 days ago (June 24th, 2009)
WOWOWOWOWO
man, andy, the horn work in this is fabulous! that tuba is just awesome and the sax too. i love the atmospheric sounds of clapping and feeling like this is happening live in a joyful crowd. greats vocals by roxylee and feter. and a great song. just wonderful!
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awigze said 3037 days ago (June 24th, 2009)
Shay
thanks- we're glad you like it and it was an awesome collab... it took a while to get everything put together but Feter seems pleased as this was his child and allowed me to adopt it... It is really a worship song and so full of history and grace... I hope to be layin down my heavy load on the banks of such a river as this!
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mowguy3 said 3034 days ago (June 27th, 2009)
Down By The Riverside
Well done! The crowd and the whole revival type setting are right on. And the Feter Roxylee combo strikes again with there usual fine vocals. Very enjoyable.
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awigze said 3034 days ago (June 27th, 2009)
Russ
Thanks - Your're right - is a classic Feter Roxylee thread that set this into motion. I wanted to do it justice, I hope that I did. Joe's horns are the bomb on this one!
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tim_the_troubadour said 2961 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
the tuba
i like the tuba solo at the end it all sound good
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awigze said 2960 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
Tim the Troubador
Thats Mr gurner.... he made this song work so well... imagine this song without it...
Thanks for listening and for the comment.
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crissew said 2924 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Love the Tuba action here
Nice sax playing as well. Enjoyed it.
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awigze said 2378 days ago (April 14th, 2011)
Charles
Where you been. Thanks man.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2924 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
This is a whole story
Wrapped up in a song-length recording: great testament to the power of imagination as well as collaboration. Plus great brass--what more could you ask??
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awigze said 361 days ago (October 21st, 2016)
Michael
Thanks so much - ha I forgot to reply to you way back in 2009. my bad
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craighalkett said 2401 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
Down by the Riverside
Great collab put me in a real happy mood thank you for posting
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awigze said 2378 days ago (April 14th, 2011)
Craig
Thanks. I too want to lay down my sword and shield.... When it is no longer necessary that is. Well maybe not the sword. Feter and Roxanne, Joe . I learned alot from them.
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Feter said 2378 days ago (April 14th, 2011)
revisit
I just cant believe how it feels to come back and revisit such wonderful collab ...!!
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awigze said 2378 days ago (April 14th, 2011)
Ah my friend
Feter. Without you there would be nothing right here. So glad you brought this to me. I was happy to get to know you during the process. Didnt it take 5 months ?
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MartinD28 said 1726 days ago (January 25th, 2013)
Sounds of Antiquity
I feel like I've just listened to a gem of a song found in the dusty archives of the Library of Congress. The tuba and non-instrumental sound effects really added the old time flavor.
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awigze said 464 days ago (July 10th, 2016)
Study the war no more
Been thinking about this song a lot lately.
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Dadai.2 said 464 days ago (July 10th, 2016)
Indeed...
an original take on an old gospel tune. Kudos all
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