Album Info Track List

American Beauty is a collection of songs I cut at home. Upon revisiting them for High Hopes I recognized their potential and Ron Aniello and I worked on them until we’d turned them into the music before you. In the song “American Beauty,” I get to sing in a part of my range I don’t often visit and that along with its ‘guitar wall of sound’ gives it a little ‘exile on E Street’ power. “Mary Mary” is a lovely mystery, a small piece of heartbreak poetry that sneaks up on you with its slippery grove, punctuated string section and spectral lyrics. It came closest to making the High Hopes cut. “Hurry Up Sundown” is a fun piece of modern power pop, while “Hey Blue Eyes” rounds out the EP with one of my darkest political songs. Written during the Bush years, it’s a metaphor for the house of horrors our government’s actions created in the years following the invasion of Iraq. At its center is the repressed sexuality and abuse of power that characterized Abu Ghraib prison. I feel this is a shadow we as a country have yet to emerge from.

Enjoy the music.

– Bruce Springsteen

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  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Producer: Bruce Springsteen
  • 1 American Beauty

    Lyrics

    Everything in your shadow turns to vapor
    You pierce my heart like it was paper
    Radio’s cracklin’ with the headlines
    Somethin on your shoulder, winds in the phone lines
    American beauty will you be mine
    On this highway counting white lines

    Hot and bloody summer, driftin blue eyes
    We’re in the high grass, I finger your hemline
    Boot heels click clackin’, honey when you shine
    Autumn green eyes, hair sweet as the pines
    American beauty forever mine
    Out on this highway countin’ white lines

    Your hand cups your breast, pledging your time
    Things we carried, shining skylines
    Fallin’ sparrow, sky torn apart
    Dark shining arrow, your kiss’ pierces my heart
    American beauty forever mine
    Out on this highway countin’ white lines

  • 2 Mary Mary

    Lyrics

    Heard they seen you yesterday in Charlestown
    I heard about that story goin’ ‘round ‘round
    All I got’s a book of love with pages worn clean through
    Circle of gold and one bleeding tattoo
    Mary Mary where have you gone to?

    This town’s a secret shared and shattered in a sad song
    Just torn and tattered pieces of a love gone wrong
    Hearts of stone and eyes gone deep blue
    Lonely houses filled two by two
    Mary Mary where have you run to?

    Summer storm blew in soft and cool
    Onto slinky town streets where love ruled
    There’s just a misty sidewalk with the rain driftin’ through
    A lipstick case and one lonely red shoe
    Mary Mary where have you run to?
    Mary Mary where have you run to?
    Mary Mary where have you run to?

    I heard they seen you yesterday in Charlestown

  • 3 Hurry Up Sundown

    Lyrics

    It’s the end of another working day
    C’mon and pack your blues away
    Change your clothes, we’ll go for a ride
    To the other side
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown

    Over here it’s easier to breathe
    There’s a place for you and me
    And there’s no devil here to pay
    And come the light of day we pray
    Hurry up sundown
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown

    And together we’ll ride to the other side
    We’ll feel so free just you and me
    And I’ll pay what is due
    Till the night sees us through

    And together we’ll ride to the other side
    We’ll feel so free just you and me
    When this long day is through
    Evenin’ dims a blue
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown

    It’s the end of another working day
    C’mon and pack your blues away
    It’s the end of another working day
    C’mon and pack your blues away
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown
    Hurry up sundown, hurry up sundown

  • 4 Hey Blue Eyes

    Lyrics

    They’re holdin’ a committee, of treason and lies
    Doublespeak and sedition, then somebody dies
    From the hill the smell of lilacs, the repeat of guns
    She closes the window, draws the blinds
    Her first touch sucks the air from my lungs
    Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
    Hey blue eyes yea it’s all right

    She says in this house we’ve abandoned history
    In this house there are no laws
    Just the false taste of paradise, and then the fall
    In this house the guilty go unpunished, blood and silence prevail
    Here the dead remain nameless, the nameless remain jailed
    Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
    Hey blue eyes yea it’s all right

    In this house there’s just the dust of bones
    The basement’s filled with lye
    In this house our son’s and daughters, are spilled like wine
    So come close my pretty darlin’ and let me feel your disease
    Tonight I’ll have you naked, and crawlin’ at the end of my leash
    Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
    Hey blue eyes hey it’s all right

    She says, in this house it’s so easy
    To set a world on fire, all you need is a name, the money
    And a soul full of reckless desire
    Now upstairs the landlord is dining with all of his very close friends
    Don’t worry they’ll have their bags packed and be long gone
    Before the real fucking begins
    Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
    Hey blue eyes hey it’s all right
    Hey blue eyes, what’cha doin’ tonight?
    Hey blue eyes yea it’s all right