The River Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Chris Waters, Charles H. Jones
album: Track in album The River
release date: 1980-10-10
popularity : 83 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Rock & Roll/Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 5:01
producer: Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau
drums: Max Weinberg
piano: Roy Bittan
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
mixer: Toby Scott and Chuck Plotkin
recorded by: Neil Dorfsman
bass: Garry Tallent
background vocals: Steven Van Zandt, Roy Bittan and Clarence Clemons
organ: Danny Federici
guitar: Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen
saxophone: Clarence Clemons
mastering: Ken Perry
acoustic guitar & electric guitar: Steven Van Zandt
saxophone & percussion: Clarence Clemons
additional mastering: Bob Ludwig
assistant engineer: Jeff Hendrickson, Dana Bisbee, Garry Rindfuss, Raymond Willard and James Farber
electric guitar & 12 string guitar & harmonica: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Cover Art

Bruce Springsteen The River cover art
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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 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 did 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 tan 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


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Ties That Bind
  • 2 Sherry Darling
  • 3 Jackson Cage
  • 4 Two Hearts
  • 5 Independence Day
  • 6 Hungry Heart
  • 7 Out in the Street
  • 8 Crush on You
  • 9 You Can Look (but You Better Not Touch)
  • 10 I Wanna Marry You
  • 11 The River
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Point Blank
  • 2 Cadillac Ranch
  • 3 I’m a Rocker
  • 4 Fade Away
  • 5 Stolen Car
  • 6 Ramrod
  • 7 The Price You Pay
  • 8 Drive All Night
  • 9 Wreck on the Highway