"River" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
singing songs of joy and peace

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm going to make a lot of money
And then I'm going to quit this crazy scene

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly high

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

But I'm so hard to handle
I'm selfish and I'm sad
Now I've gone and lost
the best baby that I ever had

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

Oh I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly high

Oh I wish I had a river
That I could skate away on

I made my baby say goodbye

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
singing songs of joy and peace

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on


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"River" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentVery pretty song.. heard it first on ER. ;)

    Anyway. I think it's about losing a loved one, not in death, but like.. breaking up/breaking the heart of a signifigant other around Christmas and being sad while everyone else is just ridiculously happy simply because of the season.. and wanting to get away from that because you want to just be sad. If that made any sense. :)
    beanxon December 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. It reminds me of Jewel's 'Spirit' album [her best, in my opinion], so it's extra-good :D
    nowxisxforeveron December 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. It's about trying to create a fantasy world, a river, to drift and float away on from the pressures of life. I agree that it could possibly be the loss of someone (with the talk of the baby) and being sad at Christmas which is suposed to be a time of happiness.
    cay15on December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSkating on a (frozen)river or a bay is *fun*. :)
    redshiftdazzleron December 18, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThese are not my thoughts, but i think the same as Michael Ball, a British stage actor and singer:

    "It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees/They're putting up reindeer, singing songs of joy and peace." Ultimately, it's a bereft song about a woman whose romance has gone bad and who wants to escape. The drama just happens to be set around the holidays."
    Dayraderon December 26, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationWhat I feel from this song is that Joni has moved to California to be able to expand her talents and she misses home, even more so during Christmas time. She misses the peace, the tranquility of the Canadian country side.
    lise175880on May 03, 2017   Link

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