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The River

Song Author Bruce Springsteen Lyrics by: Bruce Springsteen Performer: Bruce Springsteen Submitted by: rokkari
[Em]    [G]    [D]    [C]    [Em]    [G]    [C]    
I [Em]come from down in the [G]valley,
where [D]mister when you're[C] young
They [Em]bring you up to [G]do  
[C]like your daddy [G]done
Me and [C]Mary we met in high school,
when [G]she was just [G/F#]seven     [Em]teen   
We'd [Am]ride out of that valley
down to [G]where the fields were [C]green

We'd go [Em]down to the [C]river,
and [D]into the river we'd [G]dive
Oh [Em]down to the [C]river we'd [D]ride[C]    

Then [Em]I got Mary [G]pregnant,
and [D]man that was all she [C]wrote
And [Em]for my nineteenth [G]birthday
I got a union [C]card and a wedding [G]coat
[C]We went down to the courthouse,
and the [G]judge put it [G/F#]all to [Em]rest   
No [Am]wedding day smiles
no walk down in the aisle,
no [G]flowers no wedding [C]dress

That night we went [Em]down to the [C]river,
and [D]into the river we'd [G]dive
Oh [Em]down to the [C]river we did [D]ride[C]    

[Em]    [G]    [D]    [C]    [Em]    [G]    [C]    [G]    
[C]    [G]    [G/F#]    [Em]    [Am]    [G]    [C]    
I got a [Em]job working [G]construction
for the [D]Johnstown Compa[C]ny  
But [Em]lately there ain't been [G]much work
on [C]account of the econo[G]my  
Now all them[C] things that seemed so important
Well mister[G] they vanished[G/F#] right into the [Em]air   
Now I just [Am]act like I don't remember,
Mary [G]acts like she don't [C]care

But I [Em]remember us riding in my [G]brother's car
Her body [D]tan and wet down at the [C]reservoir
At night[Em] on them banks I'd [G]lie awake
And pull her [C]close just to feel each[G] breath she'd take
Now those [C]memories come back to haunt me,
They [G]haunt me [G/F#]like a [Em]curse
Is a [Am]dream a lie if it don't come true,
Or is it [G]something worse

That [C]sends me[Em] down to the [C]river
though I [D]know the river is [G]dry,
That sends me [Em]down to the [C]river [D]tonight[C]    
Down [Em]to the [C]river, My [D]baby and [G]I,  
Oh [Em]down the [C]river we'd[D] ride[C]    
[Em]oh    [C]oh   [D]oh   [G]oh.  [Em]....   [C]...  [D]...  [C]    


I come from down in the valley,
where mister when you're young
They bring you up to do
like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school,
when she was just seventeen
We'd ride out of that valley
down to where the fields were green

We'd go down to the river,
and into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride

Then I got Mary pregnant,
and man that was all she wrote
And for my nineteenth birthday
I got a union card and a wedding coat
We went down to the courthouse,
and the judge put it all to rest
No wedding day smiles
no walk down in the aisle,
no flowers no wedding dress

That night we went down to the river,
and into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we did ride



I got a job working construction
for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain't been much work
on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don't remember,
Mary acts like she don't care

But I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me,
They haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true,
Or is it something worse

That sends me down to the river
though I know the river is dry,
That sends me down to the river tonight
Down to the river, My baby and I,
Oh down the river we'd ride
oh oh oh oh...........

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