Australian singles chart:
Black Water entered the Kent Music Report on 17 March 1975 and peaked at #22.
The song is on What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits which entered the Kent Music Report album chart on 8 April 1974 and peaked at #24.
Patrick Simmons, who is the group’s guitarist, wrote Black Water and sang lead. It has the Louisiana swamp rock feel of earlier Doobie Brothers songs like Toulouse Street and Black Eyed Cajun Woman.
The song is about the Mississippi River, with lyrics likely inspired by Mark Twain’s books Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, which tell stories about rafting down the river.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-doobie-brothers/black-water
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