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Recorded in New Jersey, LA, Atlanta, Australia and New York City, High Hopes marks Springsteen’s 18th studio album and features the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello.

Morello joined Springsteen on tour in Australia in 2013 and became, as Springsteen says, “my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level.”  Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, also appear on several songs of what Springsteen calls “some of our best unreleased material from the past decade.”

  • Released:
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Producers: Ron Aniello, Bruce Springsteen
  • 1 High Hopes

    Lyrics

    Monday mornin' runs to Sunday night
    A scream slow me down before the new year dies
    Won't take much to kill a lovin' smile
    And every mother with a baby cryin' in her arms, singin'
    Give me help, give me strength
    Give a soul a night of fearless sleep
    Give me love, give me peace
    Don't you know these days you pay for everything
    Got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    I got high hopes

    Yeah comin' from the city, comin' from the wild
    I see a breathless army breakin' like a cloud
    They're gonna smother love, they're gonna shoot your hopes
    Before the meek inherit they'll learn to hate themselves
    Give me help, give me strength
    Give a soul a night of fearless sleep
    Give me love, give me peace
    Don't you know these days you pay for everything
    Got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    Yeah, I got high hopes
    Roy!
    Got high hopes
    Yeah, I got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    I got high hopes

    Yeah so tell me someone now, what's the price
    I wanna buy some time and maybe live my life
    I wanna have a wife, I wanna have some kids
    I wanna look in their eyes and know they'll stand a chance

    Give me help, give me strength
    Give a soul a night of fearless sleep
    Give me love, give me peace
    Don't you know these days you pay for everything
    High hopes
    Got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    Yeah, I got high hopes
    Break!
    High hopes
    I got high hopes
    Yeah, I got high hopes
    I got high hopes
    Yiiii, (I got) high hopes
    Yeah, high hopes
    Whoa, high hopes
    High hopes
    Yeah, well, I got high hopes
    Yiiii, got high hopes
    Yeah, high hopes
    Yeah, (I got) high hopes
    Yeah, high hopes
    Yeah, I got high hopes
    High hopes

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  • 2 Harry's Place

    Lyrics

    Downtown hipsters drinkin’ up the drug line
    I’m down in the kitchen working in the coal mine
    Got a special sin mister you can’t quite confess
    Messy little problem maybe baby need a new dress
    Razorback diamond you shine too hard
    Need a hammer help you handle little trouble in your backyard
    Bring it on down to Harry’s Place

    When Harry speaks it’s Harry’s streets
    In Harry’s house it’s Harry’s rules
    You don’t want to be around brother when Harry schools
    Its Harry’s car, Harry’s wife, Harry’s dogs run Harry’s town,
    Your blood and money spit shines Harry’s crown
    You don’t fuck with Harry’s money you
    Don’t fuck Harry’s girls these are the rules, this is the world
    When you bring it on down to Harry’s Place
    (Bring it on down to Harry’s Place)

    Need a little shot of somethin’ to improve your health,
    A taste of that one little weakness you allow yourself,
    You’re looking for the key to that box you locked yourself in
    Just step up to the line and be one of Harry’s friends

    Shithole on the corner, no light, no sign
    Nobody on the street ‘cept the deaf dumb and blind
    Mayor Conner’s on the couch Father McGowan’s at the bar
    Chief Horton’s at the door checkin’ who the fuck you are
    Seesaw Bobby dressed in drag and Mr. Nice
    Carry me into the back room and dim the lights,
    My arms strapped to the table, a thousand angels spinnin’ up the room
    A voice whispers in my ear “We do what we must do.”
    When we bring it on down to Harry’s Place
    (Bring it on down to Harry’s Place)

    Nobody knows his number nobody knows his name
    If he didn’t exist it’d all go on just the same…

  • 3 American Skin (41 Shots)

    Lyrics

    41 shots
    41 shots
    41 shots
    41 shots
    41 shots
    41 shots
    41 shots
    41 shots....
    and we'll take that ride
    'cross this bloody river
    to the other side
    41 shots... cut through the night
    You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule
    Praying for his life

    Is it a gun, is it a knife
    Is it a wallet, this is your life
    It ain't no secret
    It ain't no secret
    No secret my friend
    You can get killed just for living
    In your American skin

    41 shots
    Lena gets her son ready for school
    She says "on these streets, Charles
    You've got to understand the rules
    If an officer stops you
    Promise you'll always be polite,
    that you'll never ever run away
    Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight"

    Is it a gun, is it a knife
    Is it a wallet, this is your life
    It ain't no secret
    It ain't no secret
    No secret my friend
    You can get killed just for living
    In your American skin

    Is it a gun, is it a knife
    Is it in your heart, is it in your eyes
    It ain't no secret

    41 shots... and we'll take that ride
    'Cross this bloody river
    To the other side
    41 shots... got my boots caked in this mud
    We're baptized in these waters and in each other's blood

    Is it a gun, is it a knife
    Is it a wallet, this is your life
    It ain't no secret
    It ain't no secret
    No secret my friend
    You can get killed just for living
    In your American skin

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  • 4 Just Like Fire Would

    Lyrics

    One night in a motel room
    Eyes cast like steel
    I drank the wine that they left on my table
    I knew the morning was too far

    I smoked my last cigarette
    I stay only to defy
    The night was dark & the land was cold
    It’s frozen right to the bone

    Just like fire would, I burn up
    Just like fire would
    Just like fire would, I burn up

    500 miles I have gone today
    Tomorrow's 500 more
    Outside my window the world passes by, it’s
    Stranger than my dreams

    Just like fire would, I burn
    Just like fire would
    Just like fire would, I burn up

    I go to work & I earn my pay, Lord
    The sweat it falls to the ground
    I see you now but we may never meet again child
    The ice is hanging on the door


    One night in a motel room
    Eyes cast like steel
    I drank the wine that they left on my table
    I knew the morning was too far

    Just like fire would, I burn up
    Just like fire would
    Just like fire would, I burn up

    Just like fire would, I burn
    Just like fire would
    Just like fire would, I burn up

  • 5 Down In The Hole

    Lyrics

    Sun comes every morning, but it ain’t no friend
    I get dressed and I go back again
    The rain it keeps on fallin’, on twisted bones and dirt
    I’m buried to my heart here in this hurt
    The fire keeps on burnin’ you’re waiting in the cold
    Down in the hole

    Dark and bloody autumn, pierces my heart
    The memory of your kiss tears me apart
    The sky above is turning, the world below’s gone gray
    I thought that I could turn and walk away
    But the fire keeps on burnin’, I’m working in the cold
    Down in the hole

    Radio’s cracklin’ with the headlines
    Wind in the phone lines
    The sun upon your shoulder
    Empty city skyline
    The day rips apart
    A dark and bloody arrow pierced my heart

    I got nothin’ but hard blue sky and sunshine
    The things you left behind
    I wake to find my city’s gone to black
    The days just keep on fallin’
    Your voice it keeps on callin’
    I’m gonna dig right here until I get you back
    The fires keep on burning, I’m here with you in the cold
    Down in the hole

  • 6 Heaven's Wall

    Lyrics

    (Raise your hands…)

    There was a woman waiting at the well
    Drawing water ‘neath a desert sky of blue
    She said he’ll heal the blind, raise the dead
    Cure that sickness out of you

    Come on men of Gideon
    Come all men of Saul
    Come all sons of Abraham
    Waiting outside heaven’s wall

    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    Together we’ll walk into Canaan land
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand

    He saw the watcher at the city gates
    Jonah in the belly of the whale
    He watched you walk your ragged mile
    His mercy did not fail

    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    And together we’ll walk into Canaan land
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand

    Lai, lai, lai lai lai, lai lai, lai lai, lai lai lai

    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    And together we’ll walk into Canaan land
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand

    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand
    And together we’ll walk into Canaan land
    Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand

  • 7 Frankie Fell In Love

    Lyrics

    Good mornin’, good mornin’, the church mouse is snorin’
    News is out all over town, Frankie fell in love

    Wake up boys, wake up, you drunken choir boys shake it up
    Our Juliet says her Romeo’s been found, Frankie fell in love

    World peace is gonna break out, from here on in we’re eatin’ take out
    She ain’t gonna be cookin’ for the likes of us
    Somebody call mama and just tell her, Frankie fell in love

    Einstein and Shakespeare, sittin’ havin’ a beer
    Einstein tryin’ to figure out the number that adds up to bliss
    Shakespeare says, “Man, it all starts with a kiss”

    Einstein is scratchin', numbers on his napkin
    Shakespeare says, “Man, it’s just one and one makes three,
    That’s why it’s poetry”

    World peace is gonna break out, from here on in we’re eatin’ take out
    She ain’t gonna be cookin’ for the likes of us
    Somebody call mama and just tell her, Frankie fell in love

    Glory, glory, it’s the same old story,
    Kid there ain’t nothin’ anybody can do
    Yea it’s gonna happen to you, just like, Frankie fell in love

    Good evening, good evening, the church mouse is sleepin’
    News is out all over town, Frankie fell in love

  • 8 This Is Your Sword

    Lyrics

    Brothers and sisters listen to me
    These are the few things that I leave to thee
    This sword of our fathers with lessons hard taught
    This shield strong and sturdy from battles well fought

    This is your sword, this is your shield
    This is the power of love revealed
    Carry them with you wherever you go
    And give all the love that you have in your soul

    The times they are dark, darkness covers the earth
    But this world’s filled with the beauty of God’s work
    Hold tight to your promise, stay righteous, stay strong
    For the days of miracles will come along

    This is your sword, this is your shield
    This is the power of love revealed
    Carry it with you wherever you go
    And give all the love that you have in your soul

    In the days of despair you can grow hard
    Till you close your mind and empty your heart
    If you find yourself staring in the abyss
    Hold tight to your loved ones and remember this

    This shield will protect your sacred heart
    This sword will defend from what comes in the dark
    Should you grow weary on the battlefield
    Do not despair our love is real

    This is your sword, this is your shield
    This is the power of love revealed
    Carry it with you wherever you go
    And give all the love that you have in your soul
    And give all the love that you have in your soul

  • 9 Hunter Of Invisible Game

    Lyrics

    I hauled myself up out of the ditch
    And built me an ark of gopher wood and pitch
    Sat down by the roadside and waited on the rain
    I am the hunter of invisible game

    Well I awoke last night to the heavy clickin’ and clack
    And a scarecrow on fire ‘long the railroad tracks
    There were empty cities and burnin’ plains
    I am the hunter of invisible game

    We all come up a little short and we go down hard
    These days I spend my time skipping through the dark
    Through the empires of dust, I chant your name
    I am the hunter of invisible game

    Through the bone yard rattle and black smoke
    We rolled on,
    Down into the valley
    Where the beast has his throne
    There I sing my song and I sharpen my blade
    I am the hunter of invisible game

    Strength is vanity and time is illusion
    I feel you breathin’, the rest is confusion
    Your skin touches mine, what else to explain
    I am the hunter of invisible game

    Now pray for yourself that you may not fall
    When the hour of deliverance comes on us all
    When our hope and faith and courage and trust
    Can rise or vanish like dust into dust
    There’s a kingdom of love waiting to be reclaimed
    I am the hunter of invisible game

    I am the hunter of invisible game
    I am the hunter of invisible game

  • 10 The Ghost of Tom Joad

    Lyrics

    Men walkin’ ‘long the railroad tracks
    Goin’ someplace, there’s no goin’ back
    Highway Patrol choppers comin’ up over the ridge
    Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
    Shelter line stretchin’ ‘round the corner
    Welcome to the new world order
    Families sleepin’ in their cars in the southwest
    No home, no job, no peace, no rest

    Well the highway is alive tonight
    But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad

    He pulls a prayer book out of his sleepin’ bag
    Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag
    Waitin’ for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
    In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass
    You got a one way ticket to the promised land
    You got a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
    Sleeping on a pillow of solid rock
    Bathin’ in the city’s aqueduct

    The highway is alive tonight
    But where it’s headed everybody knows
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    Waitin’ on the ghost of Tom Joad

    Now Tom said, “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy
    Wherever a hungry new born baby cries
    Where there’s a fight ‘gainst the blood and hatred in the air
    Look for me mom I’ll be there.
    Wherever somebody’s fightin’ for a place to stand
    Or a decent job or a helpin’ hand.
    Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free,
    Look in their eyes ma you’ll see me.”

    Well the highway is alive tonight
    Where it’s headed everybody knows
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    With the ghost of old Tom Joad


    Well the highway is alive tonight
    But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    With the ghost of old Tom Joad

    With the ghost of old Tom Joad
    With the ghost of old Tom Joad

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  • 11 The Wall

    Lyrics

    Cigarettes and a bottle of beer this poem that I wrote for you
    This black stone and these hard tears are all I got left now of you
    I remember you in your Marine uniform laughin’, laughin’ at your ship out party
    I read Robert McNamara says he's sorry

    Your high boots and striped T-shirt, Billy you looked so bad
    You and your rock-n-roll band you were best thing this shit town ever had
    Now the men who put you here eat with their families in rich dining halls
    And apology and forgiveness got no place here at all at the wall

    I’m sorry I missed you last year, I couldn't find no one to drive me
    If your eyes could cut through that black stone, tell me would they recognize me
    For the living time it must be served, the day goes on
    Cigarettes and a bottle of beer, skin on black stone

    On the ground dog tags and wreaths of flowers, with ribbons red as the blood
    Red as the blood you spilled in the Central Highlands mud
    Limousines rush down Pennsylvania Avenue rustling the leaves as they fall
    Apology and forgiveness got no place here at all
    Here at the wall

  • 12 Dream Baby Dream