The River


I come from down in the valley
Where mister when youre young
They bring you up to do like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school
When she was just seventeen
Wed drive out of this valley down to where the fields where green

Wed go down to the river
And into the river wed dive
Oh down to the river wed 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 wed dive
Oh down to the river we did ride

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there aint been much work on account of the economy
Now all them thing that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I dont remember
Mary acts like she dont care

But I remember us riding in my brothers car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks Id lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath shed take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
They haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it dont 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