Patty Griffin Comes Back as Strong as a ‘River’ With New Album [LISTEN]
Patty Griffin is set to release her 10th studio album this spring. Ahead of the self-titled work, Griffin has shared a new song called "River;" press play above to hear the track.
"River" and the rest of Griffin's new album are the first taste of new music from the singer-songwriter since she went on a break to focus on a battle with cancer. Rolling Stone first shared the story of the moving song, which likens the strength of women to that of a powerful river.
"Isn't she a river / She doesn’t need a diamond to shine / You can't really have her / But you can hold her for a time," Griffin sings. "Takes an army just to bend her / Be careful where you stand her / You can't hold her back for long / The river is just too strong / She’s a river."
Griffin explained to People, “It’s one of the last songs I wrote for this record. We recorded it over about a year’s time. I had been spending a lot of time with this song that Leon Russell wrote and Donnie Hathaway recorded in the '70s called "A Song for You." I actually covered that song at a show, and I thought it would be great to have my own — which is kind of a high order. There’s something about that particular song that made me feel like it’s an aerial view of a moment in life. The emotion of that song inspired me.”
Patty Griffin will be released on March 8; a full track listing can be seen below. "River" is available for purchase now.
Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin Track Listing:
- “Mama’s Worried”
- “Where I Come From”
- “Had a Good Reason”
- “What Now”
- “Luminous Places”
- “Boys From Tralee”
- “The Wheel”
- “What I Remember”
- “Just the Same”