Uvod: 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.