Big River (Jimmy Nail song)
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"Big River" is a song written and performed by Jimmy Nail and released on the album Big River. It was released as a single in 1995. In 2011, it was recorded by Joe McElderry for the DVD, Big River Big Songs: The Tyne. McElderry also performed it for Sunday for Sammy in 2012.
|Single by Jimmy Nail|
|from the album Big River|
|Genre||Rock, Pop, Country|
|Label||Warner Music UK|
The big river referred to in the title is the River Tyne that runs through Nail's home town, Newcastle upon Tyne. The song is an elegy to the days when shipbuilding and industry in general were at their height in Newcastle and laments the later decline of the industry and therefore the decline of the importance and activity of the Tyne itself. However, in the last chorus, the song takes a more hopeful turn, declaring that, "the river will rise again".