YOU CAN PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO!
I'm hearing bass, I'm hearing accordion or melodion, I'm hearing tambourine, I'm hearing BUGS...this song has it all! You can play along with the video. For those tuned GCEA, the intro is easy once you've got your fingers in position for the Gm chord - your second finger on the 3rd string from the bottom (the C string) never moves.
"Boat on the River" is a 1979 song by Styx, from their album Cornerstone. It was released as a single in 1980, but did not chart in the band's native United States. However, it was popular in several German-speaking countries, becoming a top-five hit on the German, Austrian and Swiss charts (reaching number one on the latter.)
***REVISED/REFORMATTED November 17, 2019 - SR***