Darkness on the Edge of Town

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If Born to Run was epic cinema, Darkness was brutal reality, its characters not dreaming of idealized escape as much as struggling against their circumstances. This long-awaited remaster of Springsteen’s 1978 album, overseen by Bob Ludwig in 2010, is one of three CDs in the box set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story.

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  • Label: Columbia
  • Producers: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Steven Van Zandt
  • 1 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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  • 2 Adam Raised a Cain

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    In the summer that I was baptized
    my father held me to his side
    As they put me to the water
    he said how on that day I cried
    We were prisoners of love, a love in chains
    He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain
    With the same hot blood burning in our veins
    Adam raised a Cain

    All of the old faces
    ask you why you're back
    They fit you with position
    and the keys to your daddy's Cadillac
    In the darkness of your room
    your mother calls you by your true name
    You remember the faces, the places, the names
    You know it's never over it's relentless as the rain
    Adam raised a Cain

    In the Bible Cain slew Abel
    and East of Eden he was cast
    You're born into this life paying
    for the sins of somebody else's past
    Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
    Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame
    You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames
    Adam raised a Cain

    Lost but not forgotten, from the dark heart of a dream
    Adam raised a Cain

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  • 3 Something in the Night

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    I'm riding down Kingsley,
    figuring I'll get a drink
    Turn the radio up loud,
    so I don't have to think,
    I take her to the floor,
    looking for a moment when the world
    seems right,
    And I tear into the guts,
    of something in the night.

    You're born with nothing,
    and better off that way,
    Soon as you've got something they send
    someone to try and take it away,
    You can ride this road 'till dawn,
    without another human being in sight,
    Just kids wasted on
    something in the night.

    Nothing is forgotten or forgiven,
    when it's your last time around,
    I got stuff running 'round my head
    That I just can't live down

    When we found the things we loved,
    They were crushed and dying in the dirt.
    We tried to pick up the pieces,
    And get away without getting hurt,
    But they caught us at the state line,
    And burned our cars in one last fight,
    And left us running burned and blind,
    Chasing something in the night.

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  • 4 Candy's Room

    Lyrics

    In Candy's room there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
    but to get to Candy's room you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall
    Strangers from the city call my baby's number and they bring her toys
    When I come knocking she smiles pretty she knows I wanna be Candy's boy
    There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face
    A sadness all her own from which no man can keep Candy safe

    We kiss, my heart's rushes to my brain
    The blood rushes in my veins fire rushes towards the sky
    We go driving driving deep into the night
    I go driving deep into the light in Candy's eyes

    She says baby if you wanna be wild
    you got a lot to learn, close your eyes
    Let them melt, let them fire, let them burn
    Cause in the darkness there'll be hidden worlds that shine
    When I hold Candy close she makes these hidden worlds mine

    She has fancy clothes and diamond rings
    She has men who give her anything she wants but they don't see
    That what she wants is me,
    oh and I want her so
    I'll never let her go, no no no
    She knows that I'd give
    all that I got to give
    All that I want all that I live
    to make Candy mine
    Tonight

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  • 5 Racing in the Street

    Lyrics

    I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
    Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
    She's waiting tonight down in the parking lot
    Outside the Seven-Eleven store
    Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch
    And he rides with me from town to town
    We only run for the money got no strings attached
    We shut 'em up and then we shut 'em down

    Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
    I wanna blow 'em off in my first heat
    Summer's here and the time is right
    For goin' racin' in the street

    We take all the action we can meet
    And we cover all the northeast state
    When the strip shuts down we run 'em in the street
    From the fire roads to the interstate
    Some guys they just give up living
    And start dying little by little, piece by piece
    Some guys come home from work and wash up
    And go racin' in the street

    Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
    I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats
    Calling out around the world, we're going racin' in the street

    I met her on the strip three years ago
    In a Camaro with this dude from L.A.
    I blew that Camaro off my back and drove that little girl away
    But now there's wrinkles around my baby's eyes
    And she cries herself to sleep at night
    When I come home the house is dark
    She sighs "Baby did you make it all right"
    She sits on the porch of her daddy's house
    But all her pretty dreams are torn
    She stares off alone into the night
    With the eyes of one who hates for just being born
    For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels
    Rumbling through this promised land
    Tonight my baby and me we're gonna ride to the sea
    And wash these sins off our hands

    Tonight tonight the highway's bright
    Out of our way mister you best keep
    'Cause summer's here and the time is right
    For goin' racin' in the street

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  • 6 The Promised Land

    Lyrics

    On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert
    I pick up my money and head back into town
    Driving 'cross the Waynesboro county line
    I got the radio on and I'm just killing time
    Working all day in my daddy's garage
    Driving all night chasing some mirage
    Pretty soon, little girl, I'm gonna take charge

    CHORUS:
    The dogs on Main Street howl
    'Cause they understand
    If I could take one moment into my hands
    Mister, I ain't a boy, no I'm a man
    And I believe in a promised land

    I've done my best to live the right way
    I get up every morning and go to work each day
    But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
    Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
    Explode and tear this whole town apart
    Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
    Find somebody itching for something to start

    CHORUS

    There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
    I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm
    Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
    That ain't got the faith to stand its ground
    Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
    Blow away the dreams that break your heart
    Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

    CHORUS

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  • 7 Factory

    Lyrics

    Early in the morning factory whistle blows,
    Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes,
    Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light,
    It's the working, the working, just the working life.

    Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain,
    I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain,
    Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life,
    The working, the working, just the working life.

    End of the day, factory whistle cries,
    Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes.
    And you just better believe, boy,
    somebody's gonna get hurt tonight,
    It's the working, the working, just the working life.

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  • 8 Streets of Fire

    Lyrics

    When the night's quiet and you don't care anymore,
    And your eyes are tired and there's
    someone at your door
    And you realize you wanna let go
    And the weak lies and the cold walls you embrace
    Eat at your insides and leave you face to face with
    Streets of fire

    I'm wandering, a loser down these tracks
    I'm dying, but girl I can't go back
    'Cause in the darkness I hear somebody call my name
    And when you realize how they tricked you this time
    And it's all lies but I'm strung out on the wire
    In these streets of fire

    I live now, only with strangers
    I talk to only strangers
    I walk with angels that have no place
    Streets of fire

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  • 9 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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  • 10 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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