h2o mp3: Pouring Water On A Drowning Man – Otis Clay

Otis Clay is 67 years old and still serving up the soul, performing his brand of R&B and gospel all over the world. Mississippi-born but now a long-time Chicago resident, Clay is a well-known community leader on the city’s West Side, giving tons of time and talent to efforts that help create economic opportunity with initatives that help people give back to the community where they live and work.

This track is from 1970 from the album Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers.

You push me when I’m falling
And you kick me when I’m down
I guess I missed my calling
Cause I sit up in a cloud

How much more
How much more could I stand
When you’re pouring water
On a drowning man

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h2o mp3: You Left the Water Running: Otis Redding

Georgia-born Otis Redding, one of the greatest of the American soul-men, died tragically at the young age of 26 in a plane crash but left behind an impressive legacy. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was name by Rolling Stone magazine in their 2008 feature “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Also, he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. He’s even been on a U.S. postage stamp!

You left all the water running
When you left me behind, let me tell you
That you left, ooh, the water running
It’s running from these eyes of mine

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h2o mp3: You Don’t Miss Your Water: William Bell

Sweet old Soul with fabulous flow. William Bell is still making music today but is best known for this 1961 B-side hit from the beginning of his career. (He actually wrote the song to express feeling homesick, not losing in love!) Lyrics:

But now you’ve left me
Oh! how I cry
You don’t miss your water
Till the well runs dry

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