River Chords & Lyrics Artist: ,

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C chord D chord Em chord G chord D5 chord A5 chord
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How To Play

                 Chorus                                         Verse
    Em   G  C    D     Em   G  C    D             Em   G  C    D     Em   G  C  A5  D
e|------------------|-------------------|     e|------------------|--------------------|
B|------------------|-------------------|     B|------------------|--------------------|
G|------------------|-------------------|     G|---------------2--|--------------2--2--|
D|-------0--2-------|-------0--2----4\--|     D|--2----0--2----0--|--2----0--2---2--0--|
A|--2----2--3----5\-|--2----2--3----5\--|     A|--2----2--3----0--|--2----2--3---0--x--|
E|--0----3--3----5\-|--0----3--3--------|     E|--0----3--3-------|--0----3--3------2--|
\ = slide down
x = dead note
 
 
Notes: - C is actually C/G, shown as C for simplicity
       - D is actually D/A and D/F# during verse as defined above
 
 
Capo 4th fret
 
 
[Intro Chorus]
            Em                  G      C
I've been a liar, been a thief, been a lover, been a cheat
    D    Em                  G       C
All my sins need holy water, feel it washin' over me
     D         Em                         G         C
Well little one, I don't want to admit to something
                           D    Em                  G             C
If all it's gonna cause is pain,   truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain
           D
So let the river run
 
 
VERSE 1
Em                                             G
   He's comin' home with his neck scratched to catch flack
C                                  D
   Sweat jackets and dress slacks, mismatched
Em                                          G
On his breath's Jack, he's a sex addict and she just wants to
C                 A5       D
Exact revenge and get back
 
         Em                                   G
It's a chess match, she's on his back like a jet-pack
      C                                        D
She's kept track of all his Internet chats and guess who just
Em                                    G
Happens to be movin' on to the next actually
     C                             A5           D
Just shit on my last chick and she has what my ex lacks
 
Em                         G
  'Cause she loves danger, psychopath
C                                              D
   And you don't fuck with no man's girl, even I know that
Em                                         G
   But she's devised some plan to stab him in the back
C                           A5                 D
Knife in hand, says the relationship's hangin' by a strand
 
Em                                 G
   So she's been on the web lately
     C                                 D
Says maybe she'll be my Gwen Stacy, to spite her man
Em                              G
   And I know she's using me to try to play him
C
I don't care, "hi Suzanne", but I shoulda said "bye Suzanne"
 
After the first night, but tonight I am
 
 
CHORUS 1
            Em                  G      C
I've been a liar, been a thief, been a lover, been a cheat
    D    Em                  G       C            A5
All my sins need holy water, feel it washin' over me
               Em                         G         C
Well little one, I don't want to admit to something
                           D    Em                 G        C
If all it's gonna cause is pain,   truth in my lies now are falling like the rain
A5
   So let the river run
 
 
VERSE 2
Em                                           G
One-night stand turned to a two-night stand, it was
      C                                      D
"Come sunlight, scram," now we hug tight and
         Em                                   G
He found out, now she feels deserted and used
            C                      A5               D
'Cause he left, so what, he did it first to her too
 
    Em                                                      G
Now how am I supposed to tell this girl that we're through?
     C                                              D
It's hard to find the words, I'm aloof, nervous and Sue
                Em
Don't want this to hurt but what you deserve is the truth
       G           C                             A5            D
Don't take it personal, I just can't say this in person to you
 
Em                                     G           C
   So I revert to the studio like hole-in-the-wall diners
                                     D
Don't have to be reserved in a booth
  Em                                               G
I just feel like the person who I'm turnin' into's
     C                                  A5                D
Irreversible, I preyed on you like it's church at the pew
 
               Em
And now that I got you I don't want you
               G               C
Took advantage in my thirst to pursue
                                 D
Why do I do this dirt that I do?
          Em                                       G
Get on my soapbox and preach, my sermon and speech
          C
Detergent and bleach is burnin' the wound
 
'Cause now with her in the womb
 
We can't bring her in this world, shoulda knew
 
To use protection 'fore I bit into your forbidden fruit
 
 
CHORUS 2
                    Em                  G      C
I've been (fuck!) a liar, been a thief, been a lover, been a cheat
    D    Em                  G       C            A5
All my sins need holy water, feel it washin' over me
               Em                         G         C
Well little one, I don't want to admit to something
                           D    Em                 G        C
If all it's gonna cause is pain,   truth in my lies now are falling like the rain
A5
   So let the river run
 
 
BRIDGE
Em                 G                 C
My name's (oh-oh), my name's (oh-oh) Denver (oh-oh), river run
     Em               G               C
Just call me (oh-oh), call me (oh-oh) River (oh-oh)
N.C.
We'll let the river run
 
 
VERSE 3
C
   Always the bridesmaid, never "the bride, hey"
D5
   Fuck can I say, if life was a highway
C
   And deceit was an enclave, I'd be swerving in five lanes
Em                       D5
   Speeds at a high rate like I'm slidin' on ice maybe
C
   That's why I'm may have came at you sideways
D5
   I can't keep my lies straight
 
        Em
But I made you terminate my baby
              Em
This love triangle left us in a wreck, tangled
                C
What else can I say, it was fun for a while, bet I really woulda loved your smile
 
Didn't really wanna abort but fuck it, what's one more lie to tell our unborn child?
 
 
CHORUS 3
            Em                  G      C
I've been a liar, been a thief, been a lover, been a cheat
    D    Em                  G       C
All my sins need holy water, feel it washin' over me
     D         Em                                     G         C
Well little one, (I’m sorry) I don't want to admit to something (I fucked up)
                           D    Em                     G        C
If all it's gonna cause is pain,   the truth in my lies now are falling like the rain
           D
So let the river run (river run, river run, river run)

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