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Track

The River

Label
Columbia Records
Release Date
17 October 1980
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 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 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 to the river we ride

Appears On

The River
20 Songs 1980
Live 1975–85
40 Songs 1986
Greatest Hits (1995)
18 Songs 1995
Live in New York City
20 Songs 2001
Live in New York City (DVD)
27 Songs 2001
The Essential Bruce Springsteen
42 Songs 2003
London Calling: Live in Hyde Park
29 Songs 2010
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
52 Songs 2015
Chapter and Verse
18 Songs 2016
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
26 Songs 2021
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
26 Songs 2021
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