Bruce Springsteen - The River Lyrics

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


  • Credits
    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 : 322 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Rock & Roll/Pop Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 5:01
    producer: Steven Van Zandt, Jon Landau and Bruce Springsteen
    drums: Max Weinberg
    piano: Roy Bittan
    vocal: Bruce Springsteen
    mixer: Toby Scott and Chuck Plotkin
    recorded by: Neil Dorfsman
    bass: Garry Tallent
    background vocals: Clarence Clemons, Roy Bittan and Steven Van Zandt
    organ: Danny Federici
    guitar: Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt
    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, James A. Farber, Raymond Willard, Garry Rindfuss and Dana Bisbee
    electric guitar & 12 string guitar & harmonica: Bruce Springsteen
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 074643685412
    script: Latin