River (Joni Mitchell song)

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Song by Joni Mitchell
from the album Blue
Released June 1971
Genre Folk
Length 4:00
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Joni Mitchell
Producer(s) Joni Mitchell
Blue track listing
"This Flight Tonight"
"A Case of You"

"River" is a Christmas folk song by Joni Mitchell, from her 1971 album Blue. Although never released as a single, it has become one of Mitchell's most recorded songs.[1]

Although the song is merely set near Christmas time, rather than being about Christmas, it has become something of a modern Christmas standard. "River" is the second-most widely recorded song in Mitchell's oeuvre (432 recordings, behind only "Both Sides, Now"),[1] frequently appearing on albums of Christmas music by pop, folk and jazz artists.

The piano accompaniment to the vocal borrows heavily from the tune to the nineteenth century winter song "Jingle Bells".


  1. ^ a b [1] Joni Undercover: Most Recorded Songs by Other Artists, at Joni Mitchell's official site

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