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Indigo Girls — River
Album: 1200 Curfews
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Released: 1995
Length: 3:51
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it's coming on christmas
they're cutting down trees
putting up reindeer
and singing songs of joy and peace
i wish i had a river
i could skate away on

but it don't snow here
it stays pretty green
gonna make a lot of money
then i'm gonna quit this crazy scene
and i wish i had a river
i could skate away on

i wish i had a river so wide
i would teach my feet to fly
i wish i had a river
i could skate away on
'cause i made my baby cry

you tried hard to help me
and you put me at ease
then loved me so naughty
made me weak in my knees
and wish i had a river
that i could skate away on

i'm so hard to handle
i'm selfish and i'm sad
now i lost the best baby
that i ever had
and i wish i had a river
that i could skate away on

i wish i had a river so wide
i could teach my feet to fly
i wish i had a river
that i could skate away on
cause i made my baby say goodbye

it's coming on christmas
they're cutting down trees
putting up reindeer
and singing songs of joy and peace
but i wish i had a river
i could skate away on

god i wish i had a river so wide
i'd teach my feet to fly
i wish i had a river
i could skate away on
i made my baby say goodbye
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I had an instant, negative, visceral response - this must be what the sucko-barfo tier is for; however, I've refrained from going there, so far. I'm sure it will be over soon. (...love this song, like Indigo Girls, do not like this)
This song was also covered quite nicely by Sarah Mclachlan. She seems to capture all the sadness at what should be a happy time of year, just like Joni wanted it. And like an earlier poster commented, "I made my baby say goodbye" just kills me everytime I hear it.
One of the few christmas songs I can still take--this and Christmas in Jail
i think you have to take this song in the context of the album off of which it comes, which is live. if you listen to it in the context of that, it's not *so* bad. but, taken alone, it's only tolerable (sort of). or maybe i am just way way way over the indigo girls. :-)
dave22 wrote:
This sucks raw eggs. Whenever I hear a cover of Joni's songs, I feel Like it's very intrusive to her individuality and creativity. It's like someone painting the Mon Lisa and claiming its thiers. Just doesn't work. :(
I tend to feel the same way -- I'm still not done throwing furniture over the Counting Crows' cover of "Big Yellow Taxi." But this one works beautifully for me, I think partly because Amy and Emily have such expressive voices and because they have the good sense to keep the accompaniment so subdued.
The more I hear the Indigo Girls, the less I like hearing them.
I think she does a good job with a very difficult cover.
Believe it or not, Robert Downey Jr. does a great cover version of this Joni classic. But this blows.
This sucks raw eggs. Whenever I hear a cover of Joni\'s songs, I feel Like it\'s very intrusive to her individuality and creativity. It\'s like someone painting the Mon Lisa and claiming its thiers. Just doesn\'t work. :(
\"I made my baby say goodbye.\" It doesn\'t get any more heartbreaking than that. There are many ways to get this song right, but I think this is my favorite.
Heart does a nice version of this one on their \"The Road Home\" CD. This is also nice.
Originally Posted by JrzyTmata: one of my favorite songs. this is a nice version. but I would rather hear Joni.
Ditto jrzy, but it's such a nice song..
one of my favorite songs. this is a nice version. but I would rather hear Joni.
Thanks for playing this Bill - Emily sites Joni as one of her biggest influences and I think she does a fine job on this song. Beautiful. I heard her sing it once and bawled my head off. :)
Much rather hear Joni Mitchell, this rendition just doesn\'t measure up