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River Ukulele Chords by Joni Mitchell

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River Ukulele Chords by Joni Mitchell

River Ukulele Chords by Joni Mitchell. The chords used in this song are C, Amin, F, G, and Dmin. Change the key of the song for FREE if needed.

“River” is a poignant and introspective song by the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It was released in 1971 as part of her critically acclaimed album “Blue.” Although not originally intended as a Christmas song, “River” has become a seasonal favorite due to its references to the holiday season and its emotionally resonant theme of longing and regret.

The song opens with a piano arrangement that closely resembles “Jingle Bells,” setting a contrast between the festive mood of the holiday season and the song’s introspective, melancholic lyrics. Mitchell’s raw and expressive vocal performance, coupled with her evocative songwriting, makes “River” one of her most memorable and enduring works. The song captures a deep sense of personal loss and the desire to escape the pain, encapsulated in the line “I wish I had a river I could skate away on.”

“River” stands out in the canon of holiday music for its somber tone and reflective nature, offering a contrast to the more traditional joyous and celebratory Christmas songs. It has not won specific major music awards, but its impact is evident in its lasting popularity and the numerous covers by various artists across different genres.

An interesting aspect of “River” is its universal theme of longing and the sense of melancholy that many people can experience during the holidays. This has made the song particularly resonant with listeners who find themselves reflective or melancholic during the festive season.

Over the years, “River” has been embraced as a holiday standard, albeit an unconventional one. Its inclusion in many holiday playlists and covers by renowned artists attest to its unique place in the landscape of seasonal music. Joni Mitchell’s “River” remains a deeply moving and artistically rich song, appreciated by fans of her work and by those who seek a more contemplative kind of holiday music.

 

River Ukulele Chords by Joni Mitchell

INTRO:
C      Amin            F      G 
VERSE 1:
It’s Fcoming on CChristmasThey’re Fcutting down CtreesThey’re Fputting up CreindeerAnd singing Fsongs of Cjoy and peaceOh, I Aminwish I had a river I could Gskate away on
VERSE 2:
But Fit don’t Csnow hereIt Fstays pretty CgreenI’m going to Fmake a lot of CmoneyThen I’m going to Fquit this Ccrazy sceneI Aminwish I had a river I could Gskate away on
CHORUS 1:
I Fwish I had a river so GlongI would Cteach my feet to Ffly Amin            Dmin Oh, CI wish I had a river GI could skate away FonCI made my Gbaby Ccry
VERSE 3:
He Ftried hard to Chelp meYou know, he Fput me at CeaseAnd he Floved me so CnaughtyMade me Fweak in the CkneesOh, I Aminwish I had a river I could Gskate away on
VERSE 4:
I’m Fso hard to ChandleI’m Fselfish and I’m CsadNow I’ve gone and Flost the best CbabyThat FI ever ChadOh, I Aminwish I had a river I could Gskate away on
CHORUS 2:
I Fwish I had a river so GlongI would Cteach my feet to Aminfly         Dmin Oh, I Cwish I had a river GI could skate away FonI Cmade my Gbaby Csay goodbye
INTERLUDE:
C     Amin           G   
VERSE 5:
It’s Fcoming on CChristmasThey’re Fcutting down CtreesThey’re Fputting up CreindeerAnd singing Fsongs of Cjoy and peaceOh, I Aminwish I had a river I could Gskate away on. C 
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