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THE RIVER  Bruce Springsteen



pick the chords with basic pattern of bass-bass-1-3-2-1. In the chorus and


bridge, you should be strumming with a down-down-up-up-down-up pattern.

[Em]Em   [G]G   [D]C...[Cadd9].
VERSE 1
I c[Em]ome from down in the [G]valley, where [D]mister when you're[Cadd9] young
They [Em]bring you up to d[G]o li[C]ke your daddy d[G]one
Me and [C]Mary we met in high school, when [G]she was just [G/F#]seventee[Em]n
We'd r[Am]ide out of that valley down to [G]where the fields were [C]green
CHORUS
We'd go d[Em]own to the ri[C]ver, And i[D]nto the river we'd d[G]ive
Oh d[Em]own to the r[C]iver we'd [D]ride[Cadd9]
VERSE 2
Then I[Em] got Mary pre[G]gnant, And m[D]an that was all she wr[Cadd9]ote
And for [Em]my nineteenth bir[G]thday I got a union c[C]ard and a wedding c[G]oat
We we[C]nt down to the courthouse, And the j[G]udge put [G/F#]it all to r[Em]est
No wed[Am]ding day smiles no walk down in the aisle, No flo[G]wers no wedding dr[C]ess
CHORUS
That night we went d[Em]own to the [C]river, And i[D]nto the river we'd d[G]ive
On [Em]down to the ri[C]ver we did r[D]ide[Cadd9]
HARMONICA SOLO (repeat verse structure)
VERSE 3
I [Em]got a job working cons[G]truction for the Joh[D]nstown Compa[Cadd9]ny
But la[Em]tely there ain't been m[G]uch work on acc[C]ount of the ec[G]onomy
Now a[C]ll them things that seemed so important
Well mister th[G]ey vanished right i[G/F#]nto the [Em]air
Now I just a[Am]ct like I don't remember, Mary a[G]cts like she don't c[C]are
BRIDGE
But I re[Em]member us riding in my b[G]rother's car
Her body t[D]an and wet down at the [C]reservoir
At [Em]night on them banks I'd [G]lie awake
And pull her [C]close just to feel each br[G]eath she'd take
Now those [C]memories come back to haunt me, They [G]haunt me [G/F#]like a c[Em]urse
Is a [Am]dream a lie if it don't come true, Or [G]is it something w[C]orse that sends me
CHORUS
[Em]Down to the ri[C]ver though I [D]know the river is [G]dry,
That sends me [Em]down to the [C]river [D]tonight[Cadd9]
[Em]Down to the r[C]iver, My b[D]aby and [G]I, Oh d[Em]own the ri[C]ver we'd r[D]ide[Cadd9]
oh [Em]oh oh o[C]h oh oh[D] [G] [Em] [C] [D] [Cadd9]
Chords
Em     [EADGBE]022000
G 320003
D XX0323
Cadd9 X32030
G/F# 220003
Am X02210

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