The list author says: "Music about rivers has an allure for many people(me,for one). Not sure why....romance, motion, simplicity, the appeal of nature as an antidote to urban life? Back in touch with our common home,the planet? Here are the best 'river' songs I know, pretty much ranked in my order of preference, as usual. (NOTE: The old Stephen Foster chestnut SWANEE RIVER, also known as Old Folks At Home, should be on this list but it was surprisingly hard to find a good recording of it)."
"TILL THE RIVERS ALL RUN DRY. Actually the song I'd like to put in this #3 spot is Don's song WHERE THE ARKANSAS RIVER LEAVES OKLAHOMA, which on CD is only on Don's rare CD called, ironically enough, TILL THE RIVERS ALL RUN DRY. Both on my list: BEST OF DON WILLIAMS."
"A RIVER FOR HIM. Linda's equally excellent version. On my list LINDA RONSTADT AT HER BEST. The arrangement of these two recordings is similar, but of course a somewhat different sound because of the two differing appealing voices."
"TILL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN. Cheating a bit here. One of my favorite love songs refers to seas and lighthouses. Do some rivers have lighthouses? Other good versions by Emmylou, Crystal, Willie alone and Van Morrison."