A 365 to 40 Holiday, Day 1: Wish I Had A River
This year, it's all my best Christmas songs. The ones that make me weep, sing, sigh, laugh, dream, wish for something bigger, and feel blessed for what I have.
This song is one of the tunes that brought me to Joni Mitchell. This version is on the Indigo Girls' live album "1200 Curfews", and it has always just gone right through me, a shiver down my spine. "Wish I had a river I could skate away on..." Some years are just like that.
Although Joni's version is also excellent, Joni's version is like ice; this version is warmer, like the tears you cry even when you know the decision is right.
"I'm so hard to handle, I'm selfish, and I'm sad, and I lost the best baby that I ever had..."
First in my personal pantheon of Christmas songs. This one will make you sigh. Because, sometimes, Christmas isn't all putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace.
River - Indigo Girls