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River

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
That I could skate away on

But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm gonna make a lot of money
Then I'm gonna quit this crazy scene

CHORUS: 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
He loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
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 I've ever had

CHORUS: I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I could teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby say "good bye"

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







songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: k.d. lang and Madeleine Peyroux

date released: 1971 by Joni Mitchell

Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell, wrote "River"
for a particulary blue Christmas in her life. She had had a particularly difficult romantic breakup, and in the aftermath, she longed to escape her suffering by "wishing she had a river she could skate away on." Keeping to the Christmas theme, the song begins with an mournful interpolation of "Jingle Bells" which figures throughout the accompaniment of the song.

Katherine Dawn Lang was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1961. Her family moved to the rural town of Consort, Alberta, where her father was a drugstore owner. He left the family when lang was twelve.

After k.d.lang graduated from high school, she attended Red Deer College and the country singer, Patsy Cline, became her muse. Singing and performing at country and western venues with her newly adoped name, "k.d.lang", she received some critical reviews which prompted her to win at a Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist 1985. Since her early recognition, she has gone on to win seven more Juno Awards. In 1986, she was wooed to Nashville, Tennessee, to record album, "Angel with a Lariat" with an American producer.

U.S. audiences began paying attention to k.d.lang while she was touring with the great Roy Orbison. In 1989, Orbison chose her to sing their now famous duet, "Crying".

Singing duets features strongly in k.d.lang's career. She paired with the American jazz singer, Madeleine Peyroux, to record a Joni Mitchell composition, "River" in 2006. Later she would win a Grammy award for her duet with the legend, Tony Bennett, for the song, "What a Wonderful World".

In addition to her many Junos, our Albertan won four Grammys out of the five nominations she has received in her life.

An activist for gay rights causes and HIV/AIDS care and research, k.d.lang has recently begun to support Tibetan human rights issues. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch relay, lang joined the pro-Tibet protesters.
























River

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
That I could skate away on

But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm gonna make a lot of money
Then I'm gonna quit this crazy scene

CHORUS: 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
He loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
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 I've ever had

CHORUS: I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I could teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby say "good bye"

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







songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: k.d. lang and Madeleine Peyroux

date released: 1971 by Joni Mitchell

Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell, wrote "River"
for a particulary blue Christmas in her life. She had had a particularly difficult romantic breakup, and in the aftermath, she longed to escape her suffering by "wishing she had a river she could skate away on." Keeping to the Christmas theme, the song begins with an mournful interpolation of "Jingle Bells" which figures throughout the accompaniment of the song.

Katherine Dawn Lang was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1961. Her family moved to the rural town of Consort, Alberta, where her father was a drugstore owner. He left the family when lang was twelve.

After k.d.lang graduated from high school, she attended Red Deer College and the country singer, Patsy Cline, became her muse. Singing and performing at country and western venues with her newly adoped name, "k.d.lang", she received some critical reviews which prompted her to win at a Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist 1985. Since her early recognition, she has gone on to win seven more Juno Awards. In 1986, she was wooed to Nashville, Tennessee, to record album, "Angel with a Lariat" with an American producer.

U.S. audiences began paying attention to k.d.lang while she was touring with the great Roy Orbison. In 1989, Orbison chose her to sing their now famous duet, "Crying".

Singing duets features strongly in k.d.lang's career. She paired with the American jazz singer, Madeleine Peyroux, to record a Joni Mitchell composition, "River" in 2006. Later she would win a Grammy award for her duet with the legend, Tony Bennett, for the song, "What a Wonderful World".

In addition to her many Junos, our Albertan won four Grammys out of the five nominations she has received in her life.

An activist for gay rights causes and HIV/AIDS care and research, k.d.lang has recently begun to support Tibetan human rights issues. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch relay, lang joined the pro-Tibet protesters.
























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Quiz #: 2856
Jazz songstress, Madeleine Peyroux and k.d. lang sing a duet in "River".
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Low Intermediate

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