Heartland rock - 1980 - Bruce Springsteen - The River



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 drive out of this 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 the aisle

No flowers no, wedding dress

That night we went down to the river

And into the river we'd dive

Oh down to the river we'd ride


I 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 tanned and wet down at the reservoir

At night on them banks I'd lie awake

And pull her close just to feel each 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 to the river we ride

The River · Bruce SpringsteenThe River℗ 1980 Bruce Springsteen 
The River (Live at LA Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA - September 1985) · Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live 1975-85℗ 1986 Bruce Springsteen 
Bruce Springsteen - The River (The River Tour, Tempe 1980)"The River" from the Tempe 1980 concert film, newly produced from footage professionally filmed on four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The concert film features 24 songs -- 2 hours, 40 minutes -- on 2 DVDs , and is included in The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.