River Run Dry is the sixth track on The Family’s first and only album The Family. The song was written by Bobby Z., but Prince performed all of the instruments, other than Clare Fischer’s string orchestration.
Bobby Z. had originally written and demoed the track in late 1983, but basic tracking for the recording (with Bobby Z. on drums and Dr. Fink on keyboards) took place 5 August 1984 (the same day as Yes – initially titled Lisa), at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
The track is notable as the first song sent by Prince to Clare Fischer for orchestral overdubs. Prince was so happy with the results that he sent other tracks from the album also, and Prince worked with Clare Fischer occasionally ever since, until the orchestrator’s death in 2012.