I come from down in the valley where mister when you're youngThey bring you up to do like your daddy doneMe and mary we met in high school when she was just seventeenWe'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were greenWe'd go down to the riverAnd into the river we'd diveOh down to the river we'd rideThen I got mary pregnant and man that was all she wroteAnd for my nineteen birthday I got a union card and a wedding coatWe went down to the courthouse and the judge put it all to restNo wedding day smiles no walk down the aisleNo flowers no wedding dressThat night we went down to the riverAnd into the river we'd diveOn down to the river we did rideI got a job working construction for the johnstown companyBut lately there ain't been much work on account of the economyNow all them things that seemed so importantWell mister they vanished right into the airNow I just act like I don't remember, mary acts like she don't careBut I remember us riding in my brother's carHer body tan and wet down at the reservoirAt night on them banks I'd lie awakeAnd pull her close just to feel each breath she'd takeNow those memories come back to haunt me, they haunt me like a curseIs a dream a lie if it don't come trueOr is it something worse that sends meDown to the river though I know the river is dryDown to the river, my baby and iOh down to the river we ride

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