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This two-DVD set features the Emmy-award winning HBO broadcast from the final two shows of the E Street Band reunion tour from Madison Square Garden. A second disc compiles an additional 11 previously unseen songs from the shows. The set also features a documentary with live clips and interviews with the members of the E Street Band.

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  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Producers: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, George Travis
  • 1 My Love Will Not Let You Down

    Lyrics

    At night I go to bed but I just can't sleep
    I got something running around my head
    That just won't keep
    In the silence I hear my heart beating, time slippin' away
    I got a time bomb ticking deep inside of me
    I gotta tell you what I wanna say
    I keep searching for you, darling
    Searching everywhere I go
    And when I find you there's gonna be
    Just one thing that you gotta know
    My love will not let you down
    My love will not let you down

    At night I walk the streets looking for romance
    But I always end up stumbling in a half-trance
    I search for connection in some new eyes
    But they're hard for protection from too many dreams passed by
    I see you standing across the room watching me without a sound
    Well I'm gonna push my way through that crowd, I'm gonna tear all your walls down
    Tear all your walls down
    My love will not let you down
    My love will not let you down

    Well hold still now darling, hold still for God's sake
    'Cause I got me a promise I ain't afraid to make
    My love will not let you down
    My love will not let you down

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  • 2 Prove It All Night

    Lyrics

    I've been working real hard, trying to get my hands clean,
    Tonight we'll drive that dusty road from Monroe to Angeline,
    To buy you a gold ring and pretty dress of blue,
    Baby just one kiss will get these things for you,
    A kiss to seal our fate tonight,
    A kiss to prove it all night.

    CHORUS
    Prove it all night,
    Girl there's nothing else that we can do,
    So prove it all night, prove it all night,
    And girl I'll prove it all night for you.

    Everybody's got a hunger, a hunger they can't resist,
    There's so much that you want, you deserve much more than this,
    But if dreams came true, oh, wouldn't that be nice,
    But this ain't no dream we're living through tonight,
    Girl, you want it, you take it, you pay the price.

    CHORUS
    Prove it all night, prove it all night girl and call the bluff,
    prove it all night, prove it all night and girl,
    I prove it all night for your love.

    Baby, tie your hair back in a long white bow,
    Meet me in the fields out behind the dynamo,
    You hear the voices telling you not to go,
    They made their choices and they'll never know,
    What it means to steal, to cheat, to lie,
    What it's like to live and die.
    CHORUS
    To prove it all night...

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  • 3 Two Hearts

    Lyrics

    I went out walking the other day
    Seen a little girl crying along the way
    She'd been hurt so bad said she'd never love again
    Someday your crying girl will end
    And you'll find once again

    CHORUS
    Two hearts are better than one
    Two hearts girl get the job done
    Two hearts are better than one

    Once I spent my time playing tough guy scenes
    But I was living in a world of childish dreams
    Someday these childish dreams must end
    To become a man and grow up to dream again
    Now I believe in the end

    CHORUS

    Sometimes it might seem like it was planned
    For you to roam empty hearted through this land
    Though the world turns you hard and cold
    There's one thing mister, that I know
    That's if you think your heart is stone
    And that you're rough enough to whip this world alone
    Alone buddy there ain't no peace of mind
    That's why I'll keep searching till I find my special one

    CHORUS

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  • 4 Atlantic City

    Lyrics

    Well they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night now they blew up his house too
    Down on the boardwalk they're gettin' ready for a fight gonna see what them racket boys can do

    Now there's trouble busin' in from outta state and the D.A. can't get no relief
    Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade and the gamblin' commission's hangin' on by the skin of its teeth

    CHORUS
    Well now everything dies baby that's a fact
    But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
    Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty
    And meet me tonight in Atlantic City

    Well I got a job and tried to put my money away
    But I got debts that no honest man can pay
    So I drew what I had from the Central Trust
    And I bought us two tickets on that Coast City bus

    CHORUS

    Now our luck may have died and our love may be cold but with you forever I'll stay
    We're goin' out where the sand's turnin' to gold so put on your stockin's baby 'cause the night's getting cold
    And everything dies baby that's a fact
    But maybe everything that dies someday comes back

    Now I been lookin' for a job but it's hard to find
    Down here it's just winners and losers and don't get caught on the wrong side of that line
    Well I'm tired of comin' out on the losin' end
    So honey last night I met this guy and I'm gonna do a little favor for him
    Well I guess everything dies baby that's a fact
    But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
    Put your hair up nice and set up pretty
    and meet me tonight in Atlantic City
    Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
    Meet me tonight in Atlantic City

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  • 5 Mansion on the Hill

    Lyrics

    There's a place out on the edge of town sir
    Risin' above the factories and the fields
    Now ever since I was a child I can remember that mansion on the hill

    In the day you can see the children playing
    On the road that leads to those gates of hardened steel
    Steel gates that completely surround sir the mansion on the hill

    At night my daddy'd take me and we'd ride through the streets of a town so silent and still
    Park on a back road along the highway side
    Look up at that mansion on the hill

    In the summer all the lights would shine there'd be music playin' people laughin' all the time
    Me and my sister we'd hide out in the tall corn fields
    Sit and listen to the mansion on the hill

    Tonight down here in Linden Town I watch the cars rushin' by home from the mill
    There's a beautiful full moon rising above the mansion on the hill

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  • 6 The River

    Lyrics

    I come from down in the valley
    where mister when you're young
    They bring you up to do like your daddy done
    Me and Mary we met in high school
    when she was just seventeen
    We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

    We'd go down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we'd ride

    Then I got Mary pregnant
    and man that was all she wrote
    And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    We went down to the courthouse
    and the judge put it all to rest
    No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
    No flowers no wedding dress

    That night we went down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we did ride

    I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
    But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
    Now all them things that seemed so important
    Well mister they vanished right into the air
    Now I just act like I don't remember
    Mary acts like she don't care

    But I remember us riding in my brother's car
    Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
    At night on them banks I'd lie awake
    And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
    Now those memories come back to haunt me
    they haunt me like a curse
    Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
    Or is it something worse
    that sends me down to the river
    though I know the river is dry
    That sends me down to the river tonight
    Down to the river
    my baby and I
    Oh down to the river we ride

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  • 7 Youngstown

    Lyrics

    Here in north east Ohio
    Back in eighteen-o-three
    James and Danny Heaton
    Found the ore that was linin' yellow creek
    They built a blast furnace
    Here along the shore
    And they made the cannon balls
    That helped the union win the war

    Here in Youngstown
    Here in Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    Well my daddy worked the furnaces
    Kept 'em hotter than hell
    I come home from 'Nam worked my way to scarfer
    A job that'd suit the devil as well
    Taconite, coke and limestone
    Fed my children and made my pay
    Then smokestacks reachin' like the arms of god
    Into a beautiful sky of soot and clay

    Here in Youngstown
    Here in Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    Well my daddy come on the 0hio works
    When he come home from world war two
    Now the yards just scrap and rubble
    He said, "Them big boys did what Hitler couldn't do"
    These mills they built the tanks and bombs
    That won this country's wars
    We sent our sons to Korea and Vietnam
    Now we're wondering what they were dyin' for

    Here in Youngstown
    Here in Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    From the Monongaleh valley
    To the Mesabi iron range
    To the coal mines of Appalacchia
    The story's always the same
    Seven-hundred tons of metal a day
    Now sir you tell me the world's changed
    Once I made you rich enough
    Rich enough to forget my name

    In Youngstown
    In Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    When I die I don't want no part of heaven
    I would not do heavens work well
    I pray the devil comes and takes me
    To stand in the fiery furnaces of hell

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  • 8 Murder Incorporated

    Lyrics

    Bobby's got a gun that he keeps beneath his pillow (oh yeah)
    Out on the street your chances are zero (oh yeah)
    Take a look around you (come on down)
    It ain't too complicated
    You're messin' with Murder Incorporated

    Now you check over your shoulder everywhere that you go (oh yeah)
    Walkin' down the street, there's eyes in every shadow (oh yeah)
    You better take a look around you (come on down)
    That equipment you got's so outdated
    You can't compete with Murder Incorporated
    Everywhere you look now there's Murder Incorporated

    So you keep a little secret down deep inside your dresser drawer
    From dealing with the heat you're feelin' down on the killin' floor
    No matter where you step you feel you're never out of danger
    So the comfort that you keep's a gold-plated snub-nose thirty-two
    I heard that you

    You got a job downtown, man it leaves your head cold (oh yea)
    And everywhere you look life ain't got no soul (oh yeah)
    That apartment you live in feels like it's just a place to hide
    When your walkin' down the streets you won't meet no one eye to eye
    Now the cops reported you as just another homicide
    I can tell that you was just frustrated
    from livin' with Murder Incorporated

    Incorporated
    Everywhere you look now
    Murder Incorporated
    Down on your knees
    Murder Incorporated
    Everywhere that you turn it's murder Incorporated

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  • 9 Badlands

    Lyrics

    Lights out tonight
    trouble in the heartland
    Got a head-on collision
    smashin' in my guts, man
    I'm caught in a crossfire
    that I don't understand
    But there's one thing I know for sure, girl
    I don't give a damn
    For the same old played out scenes
    I don't give a damn
    For just the in-betweens
    Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul
    I want control right now
    You better listen to me baby
    Talk about a dream
    Try to make it real
    you wake up in the night
    With a fear so real
    Spend your life waiting
    for a moment that just won't come
    Well don't waste your time waiting

    CHORUS
    Badlands, you gotta live it everyday
    Let the broken hearts stand
    As the price you've gotta pay
    We'll keep pushin' till it's understood
    and these badlands start treating us good

    Workin' in the fields
    Till you get your back burned
    Workin' 'neath the wheel
    Till you get your facts learned
    Baby, I got my facts
    Learned real good right now,
    You better get it straight, darling,
    Poor man wanna be rich
    Rich man wanna be king
    And a king ain't satisfied
    Till he rules everything
    I wanna go out tonight,
    I wanna find out what I got

    I believe in the love that you gave me
    I believe in the faith that can save me
    I believe in the hope and I pray
    That some day it may raise me
    Above these badlands

    (CHORUS)

    For the ones who had a notion
    A notion deep inside
    That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive
    I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me
    I wanna find one place
    I wanna spit in the face of these badlands

    (CHORUS)

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  • 10 Out in the Street

    Lyrics

    Put on your best dress baby
    And darlin', fix your hair up right
    Cause there's a party, honey
    Way down beneath the neon lights
    All day you've been working that hard line
    Now tonight you're gonna have a good time

    I work five days a week girl
    Loading crates down on the dock
    I take my hard earned money
    And meet my girl down on the block
    And Monday when the foreman calls time
    I've already got Friday on my mind

    When that whistle blows
    Girl, I'm down the street
    I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
    When I'm out in the street
    I walk the way I wanna walk
    When I'm out in the street
    I talk the way I wanna talk
    When I'm out in the street
    When I'm out in the street

    When I'm out in the street, girl
    Well, I never feel alone
    When I'm out in the street, girl
    In the crowd I feel at home
    The black and whites they cruise by
    And they watch us from the corner of their eye

    But there ain't no doubt girl, down here
    We ain't gonna take what they're handing out
    When I'm out in the street
    I walk the way I wanna walk
    When I'm out in the street
    I talk the way I wanna talk
    Baby, out in the street I don't feel sad or blue
    Baby, out in the street I'll be waiting for you

    When the whistle blows
    Girl, I'm down the street
    I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
    When I'm out in the street
    I walk the way I wanna walk
    When I'm out in the street
    I talk the way I wanna talk

    When I'm out in the street
    Pretty girls, they're all passing by
    When I'm out in the street
    From the corner, we give them the eye

    Baby, out in the street I just feel all right
    Meet me out in the street, little girl, tonight
    Meet me out in the street
    Meet me out in the street

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  • 11 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

    Lyrics

    Tear drops on the city
    Bad Scooter searching for his groove
    Seem like the whole world walking pretty
    And you can't find the room to move
    Well everybody better move over, that's all
    I'm running on the bad side
    And I got my back to the wall
    Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out

    I'm stranded in the jungle
    Taking all the heat they was giving
    The night is dark but the sidewalk's bright
    And lined with the light of the living
    From a tenement window a transistor blasts
    Turn around the corner things got real quiet real fast
    She hit me with a Tenth Avenue freeze-out
    Tenth Avenue freeze-out
    And I'm all alone, I'm all alone
    And kid you better get the picture
    And I'm on my own, I'm on my own
    And I can't go home

    When the change was made uptown
    And the Big Man joined the band
    From the coastline to the city
    All the little pretties raise their hands
    I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
    When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half
    With a Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out
    Tenth Avenue freeze-out...

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  • 12 Born to Run

    Lyrics

    In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
    At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
    Sprung from cages on Highway 9
    Chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected
    And steppin' out over the line
    Baby this town rips the bones from your back
    It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
    We gotta get out while we're young
    'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

    Wendy let me in, I wanna be your friend
    I want to guard your dreams and visions
    Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims
    and strap your hands across my engines
    Together we could break this trap
    We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back
    Will you walk with me out on the wire
    'Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider
    But I gotta find out how it feels
    I want to know if love is wild
    girl I want to know if love is real

    Beyond the Palace hemi powered drones scream down the boulevard
    The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
    And the boys try to look so hard
    The amusement park rises bold and stark
    Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
    I wanna die with you out on the streets tonight
    In an everlasting kiss

    The highway's jammed with broken heroes
    On a last chance power drive
    Everybody's out on the run tonight
    but there's no place left to hide
    Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness
    I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
    Someday girl, I don't know when,
    we're gonna get to that place
    Where we really want to go
    and we'll walk in the sun
    But till then tramps like us
    baby we were born to run

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  • 13 Land of Hope and Dreams

    Lyrics

    Grab your ticket and your suitcase
    Thunder’s rollin’ down this track
    Well, you don’t know where you’re goin’ now
    But you know you won’t be back
    Well, darlin’ if you’re weary
    Lay your head upon my chest
    We’ll take what we can carry
    Yeah, and we’ll leave the rest

    Big wheels roll through fields
    Where sunlight streams
    Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

    Well, I will provide for you
    And I’ll stand by your side
    You’ll need a good companion now
    For this part of the ride
    Leave behind your sorrows
    Let this day be the last
    Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine
    And all this darkness past

    Big wheels roll through fields
    Where sunlight streams
    Oh meet me in a land of hope and dreams

    This train...
    Carries saints and sinners
    This train...
    Carries losers and winners
    This train...
    Carries whores and gamblers
    This train...
    Carries lost souls

    I said this train...
    Dreams will not be thwarted
    This train...
    Faith will be rewarded

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  • 14 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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  • 15 Backstreets

    Lyrics

    One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
    Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
    Catching rides to the outskirts tying faith between our teeth
    Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house getting wasted in the heat
    And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
    With a love so hard and filled with defeat
    Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

    Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
    Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
    Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
    In the deep heart of the night to set us loose from everything
    to go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
    We swore we'd live forever on the backstreets we take it together

    Endless juke joints and Valentino drag where dancers scraped the tears
    Up off the street dressed down in rags running into the darkness
    Some hurt bad some really dying at night sometimes it seemed
    You could hear the whole damn city crying blame it on the lies that killed us
    Blame it on the truth that ran us down you can blame it all on me Terry
    It don't matter to me now when the breakdown hit at midnight
    There was nothing left to say but I hated him and I hated you when you went away

    Laying here in the dark you're like an angel on my chest
    Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
    Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
    Trying to learn how to walk like heroes we thought we had to be
    And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
    Stranded in the park and forced to confess
    To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
    We swore forever friends on the backstreets until the end
    Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets

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  • 16 Don't Look Back

    Lyrics

    Cold rain running down the front of my shirt
    I'm flat on my back wheels in the dirt
    Angel makes her face up out on Baker Street
    She's straddling the shifter in my front seat
    There's nothing to lose, it's a heartbreak
    The deck's stacked
    So put your foot to the floor and darling don't look back

    We're making night tracks through the blazing rain
    Blowin' pistons, workin' the fast lane
    Red line burnin', pocket's full of cash
    Angel writes her name in lipstick on my dash
    There's nothing to lose
    It's a bad break but baby we're backed
    Tonight we'll blow off the doors and honey we won't look back
    We held it in our hearts in the pourin' rain
    We made it through the heart of a hurricane
    We tore it apart and put it together again

    Well angel, won't you believe in love for me
    C'mon and meet me tonight, darling, out in the street
    We'll move with the city in the dark
    You got to walk, it talk, it in your heart
    There's nothin' to lose it's a heartache
    The deck's stacked
    So put your foot to the floor, darling
    Tonight we'll blow off the doors, baby
    We're gonna even the score
    And honey we won't look back

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  • 17 Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Lyrics

    They're still racing out at the Trestles
    But that blood it never burned in her veins
    Now I hear she's got a house up in Fairview
    And a style she's trying to maintain
    Well if she wants to see me
    You can tell her that I'm easily found
    Tell her there's a spot out 'neath Abram's Bridge
    And tell her there's a darkness on the edge of town

    Everybody's got a secret Sonny
    Something that they just can't face
    Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
    They carry it with them every step that they take
    Till some day they just cut it loose
    Cut it loose or let it drag 'em down
    Where no one asks any questions
    Or looks too long in your face
    In the darkness on the edge of town

    Some folks are born into a good life
    Other folks get it anyway anyhow
    I lost my money and I lost my wife
    Them things don't seem to matter much to me now
    Tonight I'll be on that hill 'cause I can't stop
    I'll be on that hill with everything I got
    Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
    I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost
    For wanting things that can only be found
    In the darkness on the edge of town

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  • 18 Lost in the Flood

    Lyrics

    The ragamuffin gunner is returnin' home like a hungry runaway
    He walks through town all alone
    He must be from the fort he hears the high school girls say
    His countryside's burnin' with wolfman fairies dressed in drag for homicide
    The hit and run, plead sanctuary, 'neath a holy stone they hide
    They're breakin' beams and crosses with a spastic's reelin' perfection
    nuns run bald through Vatican halls pregnant, pleadin' immaculate conception
    And everybody's wrecked on Main Street from drinking unholy blood
    Sticker smiles sweet as gunner breathes deep, his ankles caked in mud
    And I said "Hey, gunner man, that's quicksand, that's quicksand that ain't mud
    Have you thrown your senses to the war or did you lose them in the flood?"

    That pure American brother, dull-eyed and empty-faced
    races Sundays in Jersey in a Chevy stock super eight
    He rides 'er low on the hip, on the side he's got Bound For Glory in red, white and blue flash paint
    He leans on the hood telling racing stories, the kids call him Jimmy The Saint
    Well the blaze and noise boy, he's gunnin' that bitch loaded to blastin' point
    He rides head first into a hurricane and disappears into a point
    And there's nothin' left but some blood where the body fell
    That is, nothin' left that you could sell
    just junk all across the horizon, a real highwayman's farewell
    And he said "Hey kid, you think that's oil? Man, that ain't oil that's blood"
    I wonder what he was thinking when he hit that storm
    Or was he just lost in the flood?
    Eighth Avenue sailors in satin shirts whisper in the air
    Some storefront incarnation of Maria, she's puttin' on me the stare
    and Bronx's best apostle stands with his hand on his own hardware
    Everything stops, you hear five, quick shots, the cops come up for air
    And now the whiz-bang gang from uptown, they're shootin' up the street
    And that cat from the Bronx starts lettin' loose
    but he gets blown right off his feet
    And some kid comes blastin' round the corner but a cop puts him right away
    He lays on the street holding his leg screaming something in Spanish
    Still breathing when I walked away
    And somebody said "Hey man did you see that? His body hit the street with such a beautiful thud"
    I wonder what the dude was sayin' or was he just lost in the flood?
    Hey man, did you see that, those poor cats are sure messed up
    I wonder what they were gettin' into, or were they just lost in the flood?

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  • 19 Born in the U.S.A.

    Lyrics

    Born down in a dead man's town
    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
    You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
    Till you spend half your life just covering up

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.

    Got in a little hometown jam
    So they put a rifle in my hand
    Sent me off to a foreign land
    To go and kill the yellow man

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.

    Come back home to the refinery
    Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me"
    Went down to see my V.A. man
    He said "Son, don't you understand"

    I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong
    They're still there, he's all gone

    He had a woman he loved in Saigon
    I got a picture of him in her arms now

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
    Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    I'm ten years burning down the road
    Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.

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  • 20 Jungleland

    Lyrics

    The rangers had a homecoming in Harlem late last night
    And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
    Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge
    Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
    The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants
    Together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane

    Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
    And the kids round here look just like shadows always quiet, holding hands
    From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
    As we take our stand down in Jungleland

    The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
    They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
    Man there's an opera out on the Turnpike
    There's a ballet being fought out in the alley
    Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night
    The street's alive as secret debts are paid
    Contacts made, they vanished unseen
    Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
    The hungry and the hunted explode into rock'n'roll bands
    That face off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland

    In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
    Inside the backstreet girls are dancing to the records that the D.J. plays
    Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
    Desperate as the night moves on, just a look and a whisper, and they're gone

    Beneath the city two hearts beat
    Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked
    In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender in the tunnels uptown
    The Rat's own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
    No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
    Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light

    Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
    Between flesh and what's fantasy and the poets down here
    Don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
    And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
    And try to make an honest stand but they wind up wounded, not even dead
    Tonight in Jungleland

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  • 21 Light of Day

    Lyrics

    Well I've been out of the woods for six days and nights now
    Well I'm a little hot wired, but I'm feeling alright
    I got some money in my pocket and a long lean ride
    I got to make it down to Galveston by Saturday night, now

    Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling O.K.
    Got a little lost along the way

    I'm just around the corner to the light of day
    Well, I'm just around the corner to the light of day

    Been driving five hundred miles, got five hundred to go, yeah
    I got rock and roll music on the radio
    I got a brother on a rig just off the gulf coast
    He says the girls down there, well they're really the most, man

    Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling O.K.
    I got a little lost along the way

    Just around the corner to the light of day
    Just around the corner to the light of day
    I'm just around the corner to the light of day
    I'm just around the corner to the light of day

    Well I got thrown out of work on the Kokomo
    Don't ask me what I'm doing, I don't know
    I hope he wasn't joking when he wrote me that letter
    Things can't get any worse, they got to get better

    Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling O.K.
    I got a little lost along the way

    I'm just around the corner to the light of day
    Just around the corner to the light of day
    Just around the corner to the light of day
    Just around the corner to the light of day

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  • 22 The Promise

    Lyrics

    Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown
    Terry works in a rock and roll band
    Lookin' for that million-dollar sound
    I got a little job down in Darlington
    But some nights I don't go
    Some nights I go to the drive-in, or some nights I stay home
    I followed that dream just like those guys do up on the screen
    And I drive a Challenger down Route 9 through the dead ends and all the bad scenes
    And when the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my dreams

    Well now I built that Challenger by myself
    But I needed money and so I sold it
    I lived a secret I should'a kept to myself
    But I got drunk one night and I told it
    All my life I fought this fight
    The fight that no man can never win
    Every day it just gets harder to live
    This dream I'm believing in
    Thunder Road, oh baby you were so right
    Thunder Road there's something dyin' on the highway tonight

    I won big once and I hit the coast
    But somehow I paid the big cost
    Inside I felt like I was carryin' the broken spirits
    Of all the other ones who lost
    When the promise is broken you go on living
    But it steals something from down in your soul
    Like when the truth is spoken and it don't make no difference
    Something in your heart goes cold
    I followed that dream through the southwestern flats
    That dead ends in two-bit bars
    And when the promise was broken I was far away from home
    Sleepin' in the back seat of a borrowed car
    Thunder Road, for the lost lovers and all the fixed games
    Thunder Road, for the tires rushing by in the rain
    Thunder Road, Billy and me we'd always say
    Thunder Road, we were gonna take it all and throw it all away

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  • 23 Thunder Road

    Lyrics

    The screen door slams
    Mary's dress waves
    Like a vision she dances across the porch
    As the radio plays
    Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
    Hey that's me and I want you only
    Don't turn me home again
    I just can't face myself alone again
    Don't run back inside
    darling you know just what I'm here for
    So you're scared and you're thinking
    That maybe we ain't that young anymore
    Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
    You ain't a beauty but hey you're all right
    Oh and that's all right with me

    You can hide 'neath your covers
    And study your pain
    Make crosses from your lovers
    Throw roses in the rain
    Waste your summer praying in vain
    For a savior to rise from these streets
    Well now I'm no hero
    That's understood
    All the redemption I can offer, girl
    Is beneath this dirty hood
    With a chance to make it good somehow
    Hey what else can we do now
    Except roll down the window
    And let the wind blow back your hair
    Well the night's busting open
    These two lanes will take us anywhere
    We got one last chance to make it real
    To trade in these wings on some wheels
    Climb in back, heaven's waiting on down the tracks
    Oh come take my hand
    We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
    Oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road
    oh Thunder Road
    Lying out there like a killer in the sun
    Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run
    Oh Thunder Road, sit tight, take hold
    Thunder Road

    Well I got this guitar
    And I learned how to make it talk
    And my car's out back
    If you're ready to take that long walk
    From your front porch to my front seat
    The door's open but the ride ain't free
    And I know you're lonely
    For words that I ain't spoken
    But tonight we'll be free
    All the promises'll be broken
    There were ghosts in the eyes
    Of all the boys you sent away
    They haunt this dusty beach road
    In the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets

    They scream your name at night in the street
    Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
    And in the lonely cool before dawn
    You hear their engines roaring on
    But when you get to the porch they're gone on the wind
    So Mary climb in
    It's a town full of losers
    And I'm pulling out of here to win.

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  • 24 Ramrod

    Lyrics

    Hey, little dolly with the blue jeans on
    I wanna ramrod with you honey, till half-past dawn
    Let your hair down sugar and pick up this beat
    Come on and meet me tonight down on Bluebird Street
    I've been working all week, I'm up to my neck in hock
    Come Saturday night I let my ramrod rock

    She's a hot stepping hemi with a four on the floor
    She's a roadrunner engine in a '32 Ford
    Late at night when I'm dead on the line
    I swear I think of your pretty face when I let her unwind
    Well look over yonder see them city lights
    Come on little dolly 'n' go ramroddin' tonight

    Come on, come on, come on little baby
    Come on, come on let's shake it tonight
    Come on, come, come on little sugar
    Dance with your daddy and we'll go ramroddin' tonight

    Hey, little dolly won't you say you will
    Meet me tonight up on top of the hill
    Well just a few miles cross the county line
    There's a cute little chapel nestled down in the pines
    Say you'll be mine little girl I'll put my foot to the floor
    Give me the word now sugar, we'll go ramroddin' forever more

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  • 25 If I Should Fall Behind

    Lyrics

    We said we'd walk together baby come what may
    That come the twilight should we lose our way
    If as we're walkin a hand should slip free
    I'll wait for you
    And should I fall behind
    Wait for me

    We swore we'd travel darlin' side by side
    We'd help each other stay in stride
    But each lover's steps fall so differently
    But I'll wait for you
    And if I should fall behind
    Wait for me

    Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
    But you and I know what this world can do
    So let's make our steps clear that the other may see
    And I'll wait for you
    If I should fall behind
    Wait for me

    Now there's a beautiful river in the valley ahead
    There 'neath the oak's bough soon we will be wed
    Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
    I'll wait for you
    And should I fall behind
    Wait for me
    Darlin' I'll wait for you
    Should I fall behind
    Wait for me

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  • 26 My Hometown

    Lyrics

    I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
    Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
    I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
    He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around this is your hometown
    This is your hometown
    This is your hometown
    This is your hometown

    In '65 tension was running high at my high school
    There was a lot of fights between the black and white
    There was nothing you could do
    Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
    Words were passed in a shotgun blast
    Troubled times had come to my hometown
    My hometown
    My hometown
    My hometown

    Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
    Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
    They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
    Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown
    Your hometown
    Your hometown
    Your hometown

    Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
    talking about getting out
    Packing up our bags maybe heading south
    I'm thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
    Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
    This is your hometown

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  • 27 This Hard Land

    Lyrics

    Hey there mister can you tell me
    What happened to the seeds I've sown
    Can you give me a reason, sir, as to why they've never grown
    They've just blown around from town to town
    Back out on these fields
    Where they fall from my hand
    Back into the dirt of this hard land

    Well me and my sister
    From Germantown we did ride
    We made our bed, sir
    From the rock on the mountainside
    We been blowin' around from town to town
    Lookin' for a place to stand
    Where the sun burst through the clouds and fall like a circle
    A circle of fire down on this hard land

    Now even the rain it don't come 'round
    Don't come 'round here no more
    And the only sound at night's the wind
    Slammin' the back porch door
    Yeah it stirs you up like it wants to blow you down
    Twistin' and churnin' up the sand
    Leavin' all them scarecrows lyin' facedown
    In the dirt of this hard land

    From a building up on the hill
    I can hear a tape deck blastin' "Home on the Range"
    I can hear them Bar-M choppers
    Sweepin' low across the plains
    It's me and you, Frank, we're lookin' for lost cattle
    Our hooves twistin' and churnin' up the sand
    We're ridin' in the whirlwind searchin' for lost treasure
    Way down south of the Rio Grande
    We're ridin' 'cross that river in the moonlight
    Up onto the banks of this hard land

    Hey, Frank, won't you pack your bags
    And meet me tonight down at Liberty Hall
    Just one kiss from you, my brother
    And we'll ride until we fall
    Well sleep in the fields
    We'll sleep by the rivers
    And in the morning we'll make a plan
    Well if you can't make it stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive if you can
    And meet me in a dream of this hard land

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