The River (To the river, I am going)

This worship song about approaching Jesus for healing was written by Canadian evangelical singer-songwriter and worship leader, Brian Robert Doerksen (b 1965), Michael Hansen and Brian Thessian.

It was first released by Integrity's Hosanna! Music in 2004, and has since been translated into many languages including Dutch, German Korean, Swedish, and many African languages.

It is set to an unnamed tune. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of F, the first few notes of the melody are are AG F C_ AG F D AG F C_ F A G_ with accompanying chords F / Bb / F / C.


Image based on a photo of the Jordan River


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Examples

Singer with guitar - on screen lyrics:


Duet with band, professional recording, on-screen lyrics:


Live performance, lead singer, chorus with band:


Youth group at a prayer service, a cappella:


Solist with piano and guitar, live recording:


Singer, self-accompanied on keyboard:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1 To the river I am going, bringing sins I cannot bear;

2 In these waters, healing mercy flows with freedom from despair;

Chorus:
Precious Jesus, I am ready
To surrender ev’ry care;
Take my hand now, lead me closer;
Lord, I need to meet You there.

3 Come and join us in the river; Come find life beyond compare;

4 To the river I am going, bringing sins I cannot bear;


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KEEP IN CASE ORIGINAL IS REMOVED, BUT DO NOT DISPLAY 1 To the river I am going,
Bringing sins I cannot bear;
Come and cleanse me, come, forgive me;
Lord, I need to meet You there.

2 In these waters, healing mercy
flows with freedom from despair;
I am going to that river;
Lord, I need to meet You there.

Chorus:
Precious Jesus, I am ready
To surrender ev’ry care;
Take my hand now, lead me closer;
Lord, I need to meet You there.

3 Come and join us in the river;
Come find life beyond compare;
He is calling, He is waiting;
Jesus longs to meet you there;

4 To the river I am going, bringing sins I cannot bear;
Come and cleanse me, come, forgive me;
Lord, I need to meet You there.

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