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The river
Springsteen, Bruce
THE RIVER

I come from down in the valley
Where mister, when youŽre young
They bring you up to do like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school
When she was just seventeen
WeŽd drive out of this valley down to where the fields were green

WeŽd go down to the river
And into the river weŽd dive
Oh down to the river weŽd ride

Then I got Mary pregnant
And, man, that was all she wrote
And for my 19th 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 weŽd dive
Oh down to the river we did ride

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ainŽt 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 donŽt remember
Mary acts like she donŽt care

But I remember us riding in my brotherŽs car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks IŽd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath sheŽd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
They haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it donŽt 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