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                      I come from down in the valley, where mister when you're young
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                     they bring you up to do like your daddy done.
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                     Me and Mary we met in high school, when she was just seventeen.
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                              We'd ride out of that valley, down to where the fields were green.

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

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                     Then I got Mary pregnant, and man that was all she wrote
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                     And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat.
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                     We went down to the courthouse, and the judge put it all to rest
                     No wedding day smiles, no walk down in the aisle,
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                     no flowers, no wedding dress.

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                     That night we went down to the river, and into the river we'd dive
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                     Oh down to the river we did ride

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                     I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company      
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                    But lately there ain't been much work, on account of the economy     
                    Now all them things that seemed so important
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                    well mister they vanished right into the air            
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                    Now I just act like I don't remember, Mary acts like she don't care
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                   But I remember us riding in my brother's car          
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                   Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir   
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                   At night on them banks I'd lie awake             
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                   and pull her close just to feel each other breath she'd take          
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                   Now those memories come back to haunt me. They haunt me like a curse.     
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                   Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse

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                  That sends me down to the river though I know the river is dry,              
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                  That sends me down to the river tonight
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                  Down to the river, my baby and I,
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                  Oh down the river we'd ride