"Black Water" is a song by the American music group The Doobie Brothers from the album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. Released in 1974, it features its composer Patrick Simmons on lead vocals.
Simmons would credit his writing the song to making his first visit to New Orleans when the Doobie Brothers toured the southern states in the early 1970s. A lifelong aficionado of Delta blues, Simmons would state: "When I got down there [to New Orleans] it was everything I had hoped it would be ... The way of life and vibe really connected with me and the roots of my music." Having earlier constructed the song's basic guitar lick, he completed "Black Water" on the basis of the experience of his introduction to New Orleans: the lyrics Well if it rains, I don't care - Don't make no difference to me/Just take that street car that's goin' uptown specifically reference a streetcar journey Simmons made on a rainy day to the Garden District in Uptown New Orleans to do his laundry
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