Bruce Springsteen – The River

Guitar chords and lyrics of The River by Bruce Springsteen
Published 1980
Original key Em

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.   Em                                G                    D                            C
I come from down in the valley, where mister when you’re young
.          Em                   G  C                        G
They bring you up to do, like your daddy done
.                C                    C                             G                  D/F# Em
Me and Mary we met in high school, when she was just seventeen
.          Am                    Am                    G                                C
We’d drive out of this valley, down to where the fields were green


.               Em              C             D                          G
We’d go down to the river, and into the river we’d dive
.               Em            C              D    C
Oh, oh, down to the river we’d ride


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


.                                Em               C            D                           G
That night we went down to the river and into the river we’d dive
.              Em               C              D      C
Oh, oh, down to the river we did ride


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| C | C | G D/F# | Em |
| Am | Am | G | C | C |


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


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


.                         Em              C                       D                      G
That sends me down to the river, though I know the river is dry
.                         Em               C         D         C
That sends me down to the river tonight
Em                C             D           G
Down to the river, my baby and I
.            Em              C            D         C
Oh-oh, down to the river we ride

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