The River

Bruce Springsteen


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 in the aisle, No flowers no wedding dress
That night we went down to the river, And into the river we'd dive
On down to the river we did ride  

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 other 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 the river we'd ride
oh oh oh oh oh oh (The exact amount of oohing depends on version)

From: (go-man)
suggests start on Em and change accordingly
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 10:16:23 -0500
Subject: The_River Harmonica part

This is an addition to the Bruce Springsteen song, "The River." He actually
plays an A harmonica, but the part can be played on a C. It is pretty simple,
this is the version off of the 3rd disc of the live box set.

numbers with V under them mean inhale, A means exhale.
	6-7-7-8-8-7-6-6   8-8-7-8-7-6

I am 99% sure this is accurate. any corrections/flames can be sent to
me at
I hope this helps, anyone else who plays the harmonica, send in music, most of it doesn't seem too hard to play!!!!
Glen Goland

Corrected by roger.holmes. View original
Am C Dm F G
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MeganJane (report comment to admin):
I tend to play this without the dreaded F if that helps 

I (Em)come from down the (G)valley
Where (D)Mr when your're (C)young
They (Em) bring you up to do(G) (C)like your Daddy (G)done