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Em    G    D    C    Am    G    C


  Em                    G             D                  C
I come from down in the valley, where mister when you're young.
     Em              G  C               G
They bring you up to do like your daddy done.
       C              D                 G            D    Em
Me and Mary we met in high school, when she was just seventeen.
     Am                               G                       C
We'd ride out of that valley, down to where the fields were green.


Refren:
        Em          C          D                   G
We'd go down to the river, and into the river we'd dive
   Em          C          D     C
Oh down to the river we'd ride.


     Em          G            D                    C
Then I got Mary pregnant, and man that was all she wrote.
    Em                G                      C                  G
And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat.
   C                D                   G            D      Em
We went down to the courthouse, and the judge put it all to rest.
   Am                                                G                   C
No wedding day smiles, no walk down in the aisle, no flowers, no wedding dress.


                   Em          C          D                   G
That night we went down to the river, and into the river we'd dive.
   Em          C          D    C
Oh down to the river we'd ride.


  Em                G                    D              C
I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company.
    Em                 G                  C                  G
But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy.
    C                               D             G           D                       Em
Now all the things that seemed so important, well mister they vanished right into the air.
    Am                                     G                   C
Now I just act like I don't remember, Mary acts like she don't care.


      Em                       G
But I remember us riding in my brother's car,
         D                       C
her body tan and wet down at the reservoir.
   Em                     G
At night on the banks I'd lie awake,
             C                              G
and pull her close, just to feel each other breath she'd take.
          C                                    G        D      Em
Now those memories come back to haunt me, they haunt me like a curse.
     Am                                    G               C
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse.


              Em          C               D                 G
That sends me down to the river, though I know the river is dry.
              Em          C       D     C
That sends me down to the river tonight.
Em          C         D        G
Down to the river, my baby and I.
   Em       C          D
Oh down the river we'd ride.