Song Lyric Sunday – River

Jim Adams is again hosting Song Lyric Sunday and his prompt this week is “River/Stream/Brook”. Many, many, many to choose from but I went straight to a favorite by Joni Mitchell. Except that I chose the version from Herbie Hancock’s album entitled “River – The Joni Letters”. Here, Corinne Bailey Rae’s dreamy voice sings Joni Mitchell’s beautiful, poetic lyrics. I never get third of this song.

Other guest vocalists onΒ RiverΒ includeΒ Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Luciana Souza and Joni Mitchell herself. It is a wonderful album which won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2008. I hope you enjoy it!

Lyrics – River

It's coming on Christmas,
They're cutting down trees.
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,
Stays pretty green.
I'm gonna make a lot of money
Gonna 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.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I made my baby cry.
She tried hard to help me,
She put me at ease.
She loved me so naughty,
made me weak in the knees.
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
I'm so hard to handle,
I'm selfish and I'm sad.
Now I've gone and lost the best baby
That I've ever had.
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.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I made my baby say goodbye.
Say goodbye.
It's coming on Christmas,
They're cutting down trees.
Putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace,
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
Songwriters: Joni Mitchell
River lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

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  21 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – River

  1. February 10, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Such a good choice πŸ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Thanks. I think it’s beautiful πŸ™‚πŸ’•

  2. February 10, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This is such a lovely song.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Jim. I agree πŸ™‚

  3. February 10, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Great choice, Christine!πŸ’—

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Jordy. It’s a favorite πŸ™‚πŸ’•

      • February 10, 2019 at 11:24 am

        πŸ€—

  4. February 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I love this version!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Jilly πŸ™‚

  5. February 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Lovely arrangement of the song and dreamy is the perfect adjective for her voice. I need to check out the CD. Wonderful choice, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Lisa! You will love the whole album πŸ™‚

  6. February 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful song. Thank you for sharing it today.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Mary! πŸ™‚

  7. February 10, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Love this song! Never heard this version before, but I think it actually tops Joni’s original. (Wouldn’t have thought that possible)

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Judy. The whole album is fantastic πŸ™‚

  8. February 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Joni Mitchell is one of the few people I’ve actually seen in concert, she is a hero of mine, thanks πŸ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      Ive always loved her too. Happy you enjoyed this version of a beautiful song πŸ™‚πŸ’•

      • February 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm

        brought back warm memories πŸ™‚

  9. February 11, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Lovely song!

  10. February 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Very NICE! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

    • Christine Bolton
      February 13, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Felicia. πŸ™‚πŸ’•

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