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Am7 chord Am6 chord Amadd9 chord Am chord C chord B chord Em chord G chord A chord Bm chord D chord E chord F sharp chord
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Am°    577555
Am7    577585
Am6    577575
Am°°   577558
Amadd9 577557
A°     577655
C°     x35553
* always strum once
 
INTRO
 
Am    C    Am    C
 
VERSE 1
 
     Am                 C
Just behind the station
       Am                          C
Before you reach the traffic island
    Am                           C
A river runs through' a concrete channel
                 Am
I took you there once
                 C
I think it was after the Leadmill
Am                   C
 The water was dirty
          Am                C
And smelt - of industrialisation
Am                                  C
Little mesters coughing their lungs up
       Am                         C*     B*  Am
And globules the colour of tomato ketchup
        C*  B*  Am
But it flows
          C *  B* Am    C*  B*  Am*
Yeah, it flows
 
VERSE 2
 
           Am            C
Yeah, underneath the city
            Am              C
Through' dirty brickwork conduits
   Am                    C
Connecting white witches on the Moor
     Am                   C
With pre-raphaelites down in Broomhall
  Am                   C
Beneath the old Trebor factory
     Am                      C
That burnt down in the early seventies
  Am                  C
Leaving an antiquated sweet-shop smell
    Am                    C*     B*  Am
And caverns of nougat and caramel
   C*  B*  Am    C*  B*
Nougat
      Am                C*  B*  Am*
Yeah, nougat and caramel
N.C.          Am°     Am7  Am6  Am°  Am7* Am°    Am7  Am6  Am°  Am7*
And the river flows on
 
VERSE 3
 
Am°°    Amadd9  Am°  Amadd9*  Am°°    Amadd9  Am°  Amadd9*
                                                   Yeah,
Am°        Am7     Am6     Am°   Am7*              Am°         Am7    Am6
The river flows on beneath pudgy fifteen-year olds addicted to coffee whitener
Am°      Am7*                      Am°°      Amadd9
Courting couples naked on Northern Upholstery
Am°                      Amadd9*   Am°°     Amadd9
And pensioners gathering dust like bowls of plastic tulips
Am °           Amadd9*     C°*             B*       Am
And it finally comes above ground again at Forge Dam:
    C°*         B*          Am*
The place where we first met
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Em    G    Em    A°    C°    B    Em    A
 
VERSE 4
 
Em                       G
  I went there again for old time's sake
Em                                   A°                                   C°
Hoping to find the child's toy horse ride that played such a ridiculously tragic tune
B                   Em                                          A
 It was still there - but none of the kids seemed interested in riding on it
Em
 And the cafe was still there too
G                             Em                          A°
 The same press-in plastic letters on the price list and scuffed formica-top tables
C°                  B                                      Em
  I sat as close as possible to the seat where I'd met you that autumn afternoon
A                Em                                  G
 And then, after what seemed like hours of thinking about it
          Em                         A°
I finally took your face in my hands and I kissed you for the first time
C                    B                              Em
  And a feeling like electricity flowed through' my whole body
                  A                          N.C.         Em
And I immediately knew I'd entered a completely different world
G                                           Em                         A°                            C°  B  Bm
   And all the time, in the background, the sound of that ridiculously heartbreaking child's ride outside
 
INTERLUDE
 
Bm
 
VERSE 5
 
Bm
 At the other end of town the river flows underneath an old railway viaduct
Bm
 I went there with you once - except you were somebody else
Bm                                                                  Bm
 And we gazed down at the sludgy brown surface of the water together
Bm                                                                  Bm
 Then a passer-by told us that it used to be a local custom to jump off the viaduct into the river
                                                 Bm
When coming home from the pub on a Saturday night
                                                             Bm
But that this custom had died out when someone jumped and landed too near to the riverbank
                                      Bm
And had sunk in the mud there and drowned before anyone could reach them
Bm
 Maybe he'd just made the whole story up
Bm                                                      Bm
 You'd never get me to jump off that bridge - no chance - never in a million years
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
Bm        A        D         E        G        F#
Bm    E    Bm   F#
 
CHORUS
 
        Bm
Yeah, a river flows underneath this city
    A
I'd like to go there with you now my pretty
    D
And follow it on for miles and miles
  E
Below other people's ordinary lives
G
 Occasionally catching a glimpse of the moon
            F#
Through man-hole covers along the route
           Bm
Yeah, it's dark sometimes
           E
But if you hold my hand
  Bm               F#
I think I know the way
    B
Oh, this is as far as we got last time
A
But if we go just another mile
        D
We will surface surrounded by grass and trees
        E
And the fly-over that takes the cars to cities
     G
Buds that explode at the slightest touch
F#
Nettles that sting - but not too much
                Bm
I've never been past this point
     E            Bm               F#
What lies ahead I really could not say
      Bm
And I used to live just by the river
     A
In a disused factory just off the Wicker
        D
And the river flowed by day after day
     E
And "one day, I thought, one day I will follow it"
G
That day never came; I moved away and lost track
      F#
But tonight I am thinking about making my way back
      Bm
I may find you there
          E
and float on
    Bm                 F#      Bm
Wherever the river may take me-e
 
OUTRO
 
N.C.
Wherever the river may take me
N.C.
Wherever the river may take us
N.C.
Wherever it wants us to go
N.C.
Wherever it wants us to go

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