"The River" as written by Martin Terefe and Katie Victoria Tunstall....
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,
She was just seventeen
We'd drive out of this 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 the aisle
No flowers no wedding dress

We'd go 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
Well they just vanished in the air
And I act like I don't remember, Mary acts like she don't care
And I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down by the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close to feel each breath she'd take
Those memories come back to haunt me, well they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
Or is it something worse

And We'd go down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride
Down to the river my baby and I
Oh down to the river we'd ride
Yeah Yeah Yeah the river we'd ride

Lyrics submitted by ChaseKenderes

"The River" as written by Bruce Springsteen

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentSpringsteen cover. Way better than Springsteen'll ever be.
    ChaseKendereson June 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentagreed
    muscles5676on February 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti liked this version with its faster pace and rock tone beter than springsteens.

    since they're from pitt, think they might be referring to johnstown, pa, the conemaugh river, the fields in somerset, and the ligonier valley between the chestnut ridge and the laurel ridge? its nice to think so...
    joshs1ofakindxjon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen i heard the clarks play this song at the university of pitt at johnstown everyone lost it when they said "workin for the johnstown company".

    good time.
    joshs1ofakindxjon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat's so sad is that this song could have been written about my parents. That's what makes it so hard for me to listen to.
    onoyoker1110on November 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually, the "Johnstown" reference was also in the Springsteen version as well, so as much as it could be a local reference, who knows if it is or not. But (call me biased as a Clarks fan), the SPringsteen version's got nothing on this version. Never has, never will.
    moose2438on May 11, 2008   Link

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