River (Joni Mitchell song)
|Song by Joni Mitchell|
|from the album Blue|
|Blue track listing|
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"), 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".