Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Only One For Me (Or, River)

Bombarded by holiday songs everywhere I go these days, I find myself craving the only holiday song I truly love.

And, despite my upbringing, it's not Barbra Streisand's version of "Jingle Bells".

For me, there's really only one:

Joni Mitchell's "River".

I know it's depressing and not at all what people usually like in holiday songs, but I can't help loving it and wanting to hear it over and over again this time of year.

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 dont 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, 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
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
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

2 comments:

mrpeenee said...

I had completely forgotten how much I love this song until you reminded me. God love ya honey.

Matt said...

I love this song. I think holidays and depressing go together pretty well.