The River Lyrics - Garth Brooks

Review The Song (15)



You know a dream is like a river
Ever changing as it flows
And the dreamer's just the vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores.

(chorus)
And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
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'Til the river runs dry.

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide.

And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry.

And there's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all.

Yes I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry.

Yes, I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
'Til the river runs dry






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Life | Reviewer: Terry | 5/4/14


I was married to a wonderful man who lost his battle with cancer after 4yrs. This man loved life and he continued to "live" every last minute of his life. He traveled, hunted, fished, scuba dived, was an awesome son, husband, father, grandpa, friend and human being. He was a true inspiration! A friend made a DVD for his memorial service and we included this song because it fit him and his take on life exactly. I miss him and love him dearly. I know I will see him again one day, till then I will sail my vessel. I know that would make him proud. <3

Amazing | Reviewer: Anne | 6/12/13

This song just means so much to me i think it means a million different things at once like to keep going even when times are getting tough. Also to never ever give up no matter what other people say to you even if you don't get that mark you wanted

The river got brooks | Reviewer: Batch of 2012(Yls) | 5/3/13

You know,i actually never like this song when i first listen.But,luck or not,my teachers select this song for my veledictory theme song.We practise hard and when the BIGday finally arive,we all sang and it really touch me.This song bring back allmy high school life frends,teachers, the wild expriances an all the thrills and exitement alive in me.i really really love it. It's da best song ever!

love | Reviewer: KEVEN | 12/18/12

fanta Ur sis
So why did u LEFT ME…..
I told u, I’ll never Leave U…
I kept my promise,but u didn’t…
Everyday, I sit and wonder
Why I MISS U…why I LOVE U…
But I found no reason,the LOVE I’VE FOR U….

inspiration | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/10/11

I had to do an analysis of a song. I choose this one really just cause it was short sweet and to the point. I didn't know that, that point would be head on toward me. I'm one that has been sitting aside on the shore lines and has let the water flow by. I do have dreams and goals I would like so much to achieve. This song has done just that, help me realize some things in my life need to change.
Thank you for sharing your feelings
God Bless You always.

The River | Reviewer: Lilis Goenardi | 3/16/11

I really love this song. It kept me going while I was studying in the US. Being so far away from my family for the first time, I had to be tough. Sometimes you just couldn't your family tell the hardships you'd been going through because they might be worried. But this song reminded me to choose the rapids , dare to dance the tide and believe in the good Lord as my captain so I could overcome them . So I did. Those experiences make me tougher to face whatever comes into my life. Thanks Mr Brooks

8/12/2010 | Reviewer: Samantha | 8/12/10

I have always loved this song! It totally fits my personality...I can't wait to live another day just to see if my dreams are going to come true. A year ago in June I married the man of my dreams(yes it does happen) and it wasn't actually love at first sight because he apparently had a crush on me before I even knew he existed(Imagine That, huh!). I am today just waiting for the rest of my dreams to come true and THIS song is SOOO inspirational.

School | Reviewer: Bailey | 1/14/09

I am in 7th grade and i read this for class i tought it was so awsome. i would like permission to get the music to this song. I would like to do it for a class presentaition with your permission first. oh and i am a huge fan of your music!

most beautiful song | Reviewer: George Loner (Chinese)) | 11/8/08

I think this song the most beautiful one on the world, it will not only please your ears but also touch your soul. Garth Brooks is a great singer.
This song reminds me of the song of songs (solomon's song) in the bible, Sailing (Rod Stuart).

don't know | Reviewer: Melody Moles | 9/26/08

I love this song, and my son is graduating, May 2009 as a Senior. I have paid for a senior page in the school annual. I was writing a special message for him with pictures of him from small to his age now. I picked this song because it is so meaningful, it's just right for him, but the teacher that is putting the message into the annual said that it needed to be revised, not into a song, because she can not copy write the song. Could you help me please rewrite this into a special message just for him.

Thank You Sooo Much

don't know | Reviewer: Melody Moles | 9/26/08

I love this song, and my son is graduating, May 2009 as a Senior. I have paid for a senior page in the school annual. I was writing a special message for him with pictures of him from small to his age now. I picked this song because it is so meaningful, it's just right for him, but the teacher that is putting the message into the annual said that it needed to be revised, not into a song, because she can not copy write the song. Could you help me please rewrite this into a special message just for him.

Thank You Sooo Much

Thanks for this melody/lyrics... | Reviewer: Janet Orr | 12/18/07

I'm a healthy 71-year-old woman who's still "sailing her vessel" most productively, professionally, lovingly, and with adventure. I'm instructing my three sons/their families to include (upon my eventual demise) "The River," "The Dance" amongst two old-time hymns to be played at my memorial service, when it eventually occurs. Life, after all, is meant to be well-lived, with optimism. Garth Brooks' lyrics reflect all that and more.

Inspiration | Reviewer: B | 9/27/07

This song is amazing. When it first came out, my sister was on the loosing end of cancer. When she heard this song, she wanted it to be played at her funeral. She made it through that round of cancer. Today is my 30th bday and my sister will be buried on Saturday. She lost her fight with her second round of cancer on 9/23/07 at the age of 28. I will be notifying them of her wish to have this played.

This is exactly how she lived her life. Always up for an adventure even when all the treatments had her down.

Thanks Garth for this song!!!!!!!

WOW!!! | Reviewer: Anon. | 6/28/07

Wow! Great Song. One of my fave's. One of Garth's best ever.

propose book "The Rope of Faith" | Reviewer: Wil I. Jackson | 8/6/05

Used in the Foreword written by Carrie Conte, a Lupus patient. She quotes a couple of stanzas from this song, and I need permission to footnote what she has quoted. Thanks!

Wil I. Jackson



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