THE RIVER

Live 25 Jul 1992 version


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
For my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
We went down to the courthouse, 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 those things that seemed so important, they just vanished right into the air
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 those banks I'd lie awake, pull her close just to feel every 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
Ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh-ooh
Let me hear you!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 25 Jul 1992 performance of THE RIVER at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, during World Tour 1992-1993.

Ticket stub for the 25 Jul 1992 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Ticket stub for the 25 Jul 1992 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

This was the second of an eleven-night stand at Brendan Byrne Arena.

Available Versions

List of available versions of THE RIVER on this website:

THE RIVER [Album version]
THE RIVER [Live 05 Nov 1980 version]
THE RIVER [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
THE RIVER [Live 25 Jul 1992 version]

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