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

But it don’t snow here
it stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
then I’m going to 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
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
you know, he put me at ease
and he 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 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
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
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”.

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Joni Mitchell, River – 4:00
(Joni Mitchell)
Album: Blue (1971)

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Cover.

1. Katie MeluaRiver (2016, testo)

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Citazioni.

River is a Christmas folk song by Joni Mitchell, from her 1971 album Blue. Although never released as a single, it has become one of Mitchell’s most recorded songs. The song is about the recent breakup of a romantic relationship, with the singer longing to escape her emotional bonds as they are painful to her. Although the song is merely set near Christmas time, rather than being about Christmas, it has become something of a modern Christmas standard. “River” is the second-most widely recorded song in Mitchell’s oeuvre (432 recordings, behind only “Both Sides, Now“), frequently appearing on albums of Christmas music by pop, folk and jazz artists. The piano accompaniment to the vocal borrows heavily from the tune to the nineteenth century winter song “Jingle Bells“. It was covered by Barry Manilow in his 2002 album A Christmas Gift of Love with only one verse change involving a gender flip. It charted as a single at No. 17 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts. Sarah McLachlan also covered it on her 2006 album Wintersong and released it as a single. Her cover charted at No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the Adult Contemporary charts”.

(Wikipedia, voce River (Joni Mitchell song))

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