The River, by Bruce Springsteen

The River

Bruce Springsteen
Chords used in this song: Am, C, D, Em, G
Am
C
D
Em
G
[Intro]
Em  G  D  C  Am  G
C

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------12-10-8------12-10-8-10-------|
G|-9--8-9-11-12---------8b--------------8b----|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|


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


[Chorus]
         Em          C        D                    G
We'd go down to the river And into the river we'd dive
    Em          C          D  C
Oh down to the river we’d ride


[Verse]
     Em                G       D                      C
Then I got Mary pregnant And man, that was all she wrote
    Em           G                      C                  G
And for my 19th birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    C
We went down to the courthouse
         G           D       Em
And the judge put it all to rest
    Am
No wedding day smiles, no walk down the aisle
     G                   C
No flowers, no wedding dress


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


[Solo]
Em   G   D  C | Em   G   G |
C   C    G  D   Em |  Am  G   C |  C


[Verse]
   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
Now all them things that seemed so important
              G                 D            Em
Well mister they vanished right into the air
           Am
Now I just act like I don't remember
     G                    C
Mary acts like she don't care


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


[Chorus]
               Em          C
That sends me down to the river
           D                G
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 down to the river we ride


[Outro]
Em  C  D  G
Ooh..
Em  C  C
Ooh..