About The Song
“Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep – Mountain High” is a landmark soul and rock song that was released in 1966. It’s a collaboration between Ike and Tina Turner and producer Phil Spector, and it stands out for its powerful vocals, dynamic arrangement, and its impact on the careers of those involved.”
Five facts about “River Deep – Mountain High”:
- Phil Spector’s Production: The song is renowned for its lavish production by Phil Spector, who was known for his “Wall of Sound” technique. Spector brought in a large ensemble of musicians and created a rich, orchestral arrangement that set the song apart from other contemporary releases.
- Commercial Reception: Despite being critically acclaimed, “River Deep – Mountain High” faced challenges in the United States where it didn’t perform as well commercially as expected. However, it found greater success in Europe and has since been recognized as one of Tina Turner’s signature songs.
- Tina Turner’s Vocals: Tina Turner’s vocal performance on this track is often considered one of her best. Her powerful and soulful singing showcased her incredible range and contributed to the song’s enduring appeal.
- Influence on Later Artists: The song has had a lasting impact on later artists and musicians. Many have covered or referenced it in their work, and it is often cited as a classic example of Spector’s production style and Tina Turner’s vocal prowess.
- Recognition Over Time: While it initially faced challenges in the U.S., “River Deep – Mountain High” has gained widespread recognition and appreciation over the years. It is now regarded as a classic in the genres of soul and rock and is often included in lists of the greatest songs in the history of popular music.
When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll
It was the only doll that I’ve ever owned
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown
And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, deeper, deeper, let me say
Then it gets higher, day by day
And do I love you, my oh my
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, (river deep, Lord, mountain high)
Oh no, no, if I ever, ever lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you baby (baby, baby, baby)
Well now, when you were a young boy
Did you have a puppy?
That always followed you ’round, ’round, ’round
‘Round, ’round, ’round
Well, I’m gonna be as faithful as that puppy
And no, I ain’t never gonna let you down
‘Cause it goes on and on like a river flows
Lord, it gets sweeter, sweeter, sweeter, and heaven knows
And it gets sweeter, baby, oh, as it grows
And do I love you, my oh my
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord (river deep Lord, mountain high)
I wanna tell you that if I ever, ever, ever, ever lost you would I cry
Oh, I love you baby (baby, baby, baby)
And it get stronger, in every way, every way
And it gets deeper, deeper, deeper, baby let me say
And it gets higher, day by day
Oh, and do I love you, my oh my, my, my, my, my
(River deep, Lord, mountain high)
I wanna tell you that if I ever, ever, ever lost you, baby would I cry
Oh, I do love you, baby, baby, baby, baby
I love you baby like the water love the sink
And I love you, baby
Like flowers love the spring
I love you, baby