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Bruce Springsteen – The River lyrics

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 this 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 nineteen birthday
I got a union card and a weddin’ coat

We went down to the courthouse
And the judge put it all to rest
No wedding day smile, no walk down 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
Oh, yeah, yeah

(Harmonica Solo)

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
It sends me down to the river
Tonight, aye, aye, aye

Down to the river
My baby and I
Oh, down to the river, we ride
Aye, aye, aye
Oo, ooo, ooo, ooo, oooo

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