The River by Bruce Springsteen By lanc rassette

"The River" by Bruce Springsteen is a song that talks about complicated issues, like family values, premarital sex, unemployment, and thoughts of suicide. But the overall theme of the song is that every action, there's a consequence, and some actions can be screwed up so badly that it'll make a good person become bad.

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. When she was just seventeen. We'd ride out of this valley. Down to where the fields were green.

Coming from a small town, they bring you up to follow in your father's footsteps. Met a girl in high school and her name was Mary. They would ride out of town to the country.

We'd go down to the river. And into the river we'd dive. Oh down to the river we'd ride.

Down by the river, we'll always have good times.

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.

Got Mary pregnant at the age of 19, was forced to go out and find a job and was forced to marry Mary because of the pregnancy.

That night we went down to the river. And into the river we'd dive. Oh down to the river we did ride.

Even though it is starting to get rough, need to stick with the good times.

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 them things that seemed so important. Well mister, they vanished right into the air. Now I just act like I don't remember. Mary acts like she don't care

There is getting to be less and less work because of the economy. While time goes by, the important things don't matter anymore and no one is doesn't care.

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

All the memories of us haunt me and keep me awake at night because this isn't a dream, it's reality.

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.

Looking at the river for some good times but there's only bad times now. Now giving up on life, I head back down to the river.

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Created with images by Shayne Kaye - "Bruce Springsteen" • lukewebber - "Cardiff - Wheat Fields" • ElizaPeyton - "Mini River" • Viktor_U_Cat - "Sunset @ river" • succo - "hammer books law" • MICOLO J Thanx 4, 2.9m views - "River view" • PublicDomainPictures - "sunset dusk twilight" • a.affleck - "river" • typographyimages - "headache head ache pain" • Newtown grafitti - "Black dog" • skeeze - "spiral planetary nebula nebula universe" • Diana Boucino - "nebula" • skeeze - "milky way andromeda stars"

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