“The song is a detailed confession of an affair, an abortion, and the regret that came after,” reports LifeNews. “Whether fictional or based on reality, ‘River‘ is a powerful cry for forgiveness for the wrong he’s done to the aborted baby (the ‘little one’ mentioned in the refrain) and the mother.”. Eminem and Ed Sheeran deal with love, loss, and touch on abuse in their visual Eminem and Ed Sheeran's collaborative new single "River" now has a video as intense as the song itself. The song was released on the radio on January 5, 2018. Songs that have received more attention are ones that tell racial narratives and anti-Trump rage raps.
Afterwards, Eminem felt that “the person who I’m turning into’s/Irreversible.” He confessed that not only did he take advantage of the woman, but also the abortion and the destruction of the woman’s relationship have made him a hypocrite. The message of the song has been glossed over by the media; instead of looking at its potent story, entertainment magazines preferred to look at the other songs on the album Revival.
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The lyrics tell the story of a serial cheater, “a sex addict,” who slept with a woman named “Suzanne.” It started as a one-night-stand after which he left her “deserted and used.” She became pregnant and the narrator rushed her to an abortion.