High Hopes

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: January 14, 2014
Label: Columbia Records
Produced By: Ron Aniello, Bruce Springsteen
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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