The river

(Bruce Springsteen)

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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 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
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 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