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River chords

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RIVER - Joni Mitchell (capo 5h for JM version, capo 2nd for Travis version)

- adapted by Anton Frank

Intro: G,  Em,  Csus2, D (Dadd5-Dsus4-D-D-Dsus2-D)   
(adjust melody of Jingle Bells, as I play it on the guitar, I use three top 
strings, it’s pretty easy to pick it out)

      C         G                  C           G
It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees
         C         G                    C                 G
They're putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace
Em                                     D     Dsus4 D
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on
    C        G             C           G
But it don't snow here, it stays pretty green
             C            G                      C                G
I'm going to make alot of money then I'm going to quit this crazy scene
     Em                                 D     Dsus4 D
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

      C                     D
Oh I wish I had a river so long
         G              C  Am
I would teach my feet to fly
      G                D                C
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on
                G  Em  D
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me, he put me at ease
Lord he loved me so naughty made me weak in the knees
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 ever had
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I made my baby say goodbye

It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on 

(in the ending she plays with D, Csus2, Am)
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softie270 10 Feb 02, 2013 01:36 AM

When I listened to it by the lovely Sarah Mclachlan,I thought,nice song, nothing special,but when it comes to actually sing and play it, I can't, it cuts me up,I simply cant carry on singing. I'm hopeless
Great arrangement,Thanks.....what is it about G to Em? thats the first cut,the deepest, its personal not for only to me but many others,we've all done stupid things haven't we?
Does anyone else have this problem with River?
Here I am, bearing all to perfect strangers.....

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softie270 10 Feb 03, 2013 03:34 AM

Well,got over the initial problem,I seem ok now,get through without choking....not Softie for nothing it seems.

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silverstarlight 20 Dec 15, 2016 06:44 PM

Using this as a basis, I've come up with a beautiful vocal arrangement with sparse, moody guitar. Thank you so much! I threw in a CMaj7 in a couple spots and added a couple m7 chords. Thank you!

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