This song is played in the key of D. The first version is technically correct, but JJ Grey plays it with a capo. Capo on 7th fret or transpose +7 to play without a capo. Can be seen performed by JJ Grey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veWKqKHYLkQ Intro: G Em C D G G Em I stare at a picture but there's nothing for it C D G I pull on the bottle and watch this river roll on by G Em Trying to find purpose trying to see meaning C D G Trying to make sense of the nonsense that I've called my life G D Cause only this river can bear me to safety Em C Em C Em C D Only this river can bear me away G Em See them all work and play there on the other bank C D G Warm in their houses while I face my cold alone G Em Guess I've been drinking away to keep the wolves of my mind at bay C D G but if you run you die I'm just too tired to care G D Cause only this river can bear me to safety Em C Em C Em C D Only this river can bear me away G D I feel Her flowing, flowing right through me Em C I hear Her whispers drowning my words G Only this river Em Only this river, C D G Only this river can save me from myself G Where did my soul go? D Where did my spirit hide? Em C Why won't they rescue me from the pain in my mind? G D Only this river in all of her glory Em C Only this river can bear me away G Em G Em G Only this river, only this river, only this river . . .