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River

on The Essential Sarah McLachlan

Lyrics

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer singing songs of joy and peace

[Chorus]
full lyrics
It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer singing songs of joy and peace

[Chorus]
full lyrics

Features of This Track

mellow rock instrumentation
acoustic sonority
acoustic rhythm piano
major key tonality
melodic songwriting
a breathy female lead vocalist

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pixiegrrrl
I love Joni's original, and this is a lovely cover by Sarah.
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I just lost a baby too. I would skate on that river with you.
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Please can ewe spare a ticket??? Prertty pleasey. contact me directly at WHYKNOTDESIG N . N E T
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Christmas in July.
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Love it. Sarah did it justice.
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. I wish you the best.
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I agree DSHUPE; It's always been one of my favorites; I had never heard Sarah's version until today.
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Strong song by Joni Mitchell and a beautiful rendition by Sarah.
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mkeever
A long time favorite song of mine. Grew up listening to the Indigo Girls version, and have heard the original from Joni. This is the first time I've heard S M do it. It's not quite as good as the other two, but Sarah has an angel's voice and definitely does the song justice. It's a nice arrangement too. :) I like it.
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It's a very pretty song
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interscape
Oops - river songs must be confusing to some people. Good song by Joni or Sarah.
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dwarncke6
Allison Crowe does a nice job with this cover too. I still like Joni's original the best.
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I feel like I am in the twilight zone. the song is called River. This is obviously a tribute from 1 great Canadian songstress to another who came long before. If S Mc L wasn't hugely influenced by Joni I'll eat my beret
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ok that was wierd..wrong lyrics...lov e d the song
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These lyrics above are from the song "River of Love" which is on Sarah's latest CD (released in june 2010)
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thayeralliso n
Even better than Joni's.
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So what song do these lyrics actually belong to? Does anyone know?
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karen_strack
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
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
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know,
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gordonshan
lyrics are wrong. missing quite a bit
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I thought this was Joni Mitchel at first but towards the end it is indeed Sarah's style. Too bad Joni Mitchell let the cigarettes steal her beautiful voice-she does jazz now. I miss her old voice.
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I like Robert Downey Jr. version the best.
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mactohu
can't speak
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have this song on a Christmas disc-was always impressed with her voice,but didn't know who she was?
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the indigo girls do a good cover of this song as well....
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this is a redux of a joni mitchell tune someone who has obviously influenced mclachlan profoundly.
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davehacker
Do I hear the jingle bells tune in this one?
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the only voice that could cover a Joni Mitchell classic.

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