Bruce Springsteen lyrics - Album: Born in the U.S.A. [1984]

Born in the U.S.A.

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....

Come back home to the refinery

Hiring man said 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.

Cover Me

The times are tough now, just getting tougher

This old world is rough, it's just getting rougher

Cover me, come on baby, cover me

Well I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

Promise me baby you won't let them find us

Hold me in your arms, let's let our love blind us

Cover me, shut the door and cover me

Well I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

Outside's the rain, the driving snow

I can hear the wild wind blowing

Turn out the light, bolt the door

I ain't going out there no more

This whole world is out there just trying to score

I've seen enough I don't want to see any more,

Cover me, come on and cover me

I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

Looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

Darlington County

Driving in to darlington county

Me and wayne on the fourth of july

Driving in to darlington county

Looking for some work on the county line

We drove down from new york city

Where the girls are pretty but they just want to know your name

Driving in to darlington city

Got a union connection with an uncle of wayne's

We drove eight hundred miles without seeing a cop

We got rock and roll music blasting off the t-top singing

Sha la la la la la la la la, sha la la la la la la

Hey little girl standing on the corner

Today's your lucky day for sure all right

Me and my buddy we're from new york city

We got two hundred dollars we want to rock all night

Girl you're looking at two big spenders

Why the world don't know what me and wayne might do

Our pa's each own one of the world trade centers

For a kiss and a smile I'll give mine all to you

Come on baby take a seat on my fender

It's a long night and tell me what else were you gonna do

Just me and you we could

Sha la la...

Little girl sitting in the window

Ain't seen my buddy in seven days

County man tells me the same thing

He don't work and he don't get paid

Little girl you're so young and pretty

Walk with me and you can have your way

And we'll leave this darlington city

For a ride down that dixie highway

Driving out of darlington county

My eyes seen the glory of the coming of the lord

Driving out of darlington county

Seen wayne handcuffed to the bumper of a state trooper's ford

Sha la la...

Working on the Highway

Friday night's pay night guys fresh out of work

Talking about the weekend scrubbing off the dirt

Some heading home to their families some looking to get hurt

Some going down to stovell wearing trouble on their shirts

I work for the county out on 95

All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by

In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss

Someday mister I'm gonna lead a better life than this

Working on the highway laying down the blacktop

Working on the highway all day long I don't stop

Working on the highway blasting through the bedrock

Working on the highway, working on the highway

I met her at a dance down at the union hall

She was standing with her brothers back up against the wall

Sometimes we'd go walking down the union tracks

One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back

Working on the highway...

I saved up my money and I put it all away

I went to see her daddy but we didn't have much to say

Son can't you see that she's just a little girl

She don't know nothing about this cruel cruel world

We lit out down to florida we got along all right

One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black and white

The prosecutor kept the promise that he made on that day

And the judge got mad and he put me straight away

I wake up every morning to the work bell clang

Me and the warden go swinging on the charlotte county road gang

Working on the highway...

Downbound Train

I had a job, I had a girl

I had something going mister in this world

I got laid off down at the lumber yard

Our love went bad, times got hard

Now I work down at the carwash

Where all it ever does is rain

Don't you feel like you're a rider on a downbound train

She just said joe I gotta go

We had it once we ain't got it any more

She packed her bags left me behind

She bought a ticket on the central line

Nights as I sleep, I hear that whistle whining

I feel her kiss in the misty rain

And I feel like I'm a rider on a downbound train

Last night I heard your voice

You were crying, crying, you were so alone

You said your love had never died

You were waiting for me at home

Put on my jacket, I ran through the woods

I ran till I thought my chest would explode

There in the clearing, beyond the highway

In the moonlight, our wedding house shone

I rushed through the yard, I burst through the front door

My head pounding hard, up the stairs I climbed

The room was dark, our bed was empty

Then I heard that long whistle whine

And I dropped to my knees, hung my head and cried

Now I swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang

Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain

Now don't it feel like you're a rider on a downbound train

I'm on Fire

Hey little girl is your daddy home

Did he go away and leave you all alone

I got a bad desire

I'm on fire

Tell me now baby is he good to you

Can he do to you the things that I do

I can take you higher

I'm on fire

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife baby

Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley

Through the middle of my soul

At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet

And a freight train running through the

Middle of my head

Only you can cool my desire

I'm on fire

No Surrender

We busted out of class had to get away from those fools

We learned more from a three-minute record than we ever learned in school

Tonight I heart the neighborhood drummer sound

I can feel my heart begin to pound

You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we'd always remember

No retreat, believe me, no surrender

Like soldiers in the winter's night with a vow to defend

No retreat, believe me, no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold

We swore blood brothers against the wind

I'm ready to grow young again

And hear your sister's voice calling us home across the open yards

Believin' we could cut someplace of our own

With these drums and these guitars

We made a promise we swore we'd always remember

No retreat, believe me, no surrender

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend

No retreat, believe me, no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim

The walls of my room are closing in

But it's good to see your smiling face and to hear your voice again

We could sleep in the twilight by the river side

With a wide open country in our hearts

And these romanics dreams in our heads

We made a promise...

Bobby Jean

Well I came by your house the other day, your mother said you went away

She said there was nothing that I could have done

There was nothing nobody could say

Me and you we've known each other ever since we were sixteen

I wished I would have known I wished I could have called you

Just to say goodbye bobby jean

Now you hung with me when all the others turned away turned up their noise

We liked the same music we liked the same bands we liked the same clothes

We told each other that we were the wildest, the wildest things we'd ever


Now I wished you would have told me I wished I could have talked to you

Just to say goodbye bobby jean

Now we went walking in the rain talking about the pain from the world we hid

Now there ain't nobody nowhere nohow gonna ever understand me the way you did

Maybe you'll be out there on that road somewhere

In some bus or train traveling along

In some motel room there'll be a radio playing

And you'll hear me sing this song

Well if you do you'll know I'm thinking of you and all the miles in between

And I'm just calling one last time not to change your mind

But just to say I miss you baby, good luck goodbye, bobby jean

I'm Goin' Down

We sit in the car outside your house

I can feel the heat coming 'round

I go to put my arm around you

And you give me a look like I'm way out of bounds

Well you let out one of your bored sighs

Well lately when I look into your eyes

I'm goin down

We get dressed up and we go out, baby, for the night

We come home early burning, burning in some fire fight

I'm sick and tired of you setting me up

Setting me up just to knock-a knock-a knock-a me down

I pull you close but when we kiss I can feel a doubt

I remember back when we started

My kisses used to turn you inside out

I used to drive you to work in the morning

Friday night I'd drive you all around

You used to love to drive me wild

But lately girl you get your kicks from just driving me down

Glory Days

I had a friend was a big baseball player

Back in high school

He could throw that speedball by you

Make you look like a fool boy

Saw him the other night at this roadside bar

I was walking in, he was walking out

We went back inside sat down had a few drinks

But all he kept talking about was


Glory days well they'll pass you by

Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye

Glory days, glory days

Well there's a girl that lives up the block

Back in school she could turn all the boy's heads

Sometimes on a friday I'll stop by

And have a few drinks after she put her kids to bed

Her and her husband bobby well they split up

I guess it's two years gone by now

We just sit around talking about the old times,

She says when she feels like crying

She starts laughing thinking about


My old man worked 20 years on the line

And they let him go

Now everywhere he goes out looking for work

They just tell him that he's too old

I was 9 nine years old and he was working at the

Metuchen ford plant assembly line

Now he just sits on a stool down at the legion hall

But I can tell what's on his mind

Glory days yeah goin back

Glory days aw he ain't never had

Glory days, glory days

Now I think I'm going down to the well tonight

And I'm going to drink till I get my fill

And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it

But I probably will

Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture

A little of the glory of, well time slips away

And leaves you with nothing mister but

Boring stories of glory days

Chorus (repeat twice)

Assorted all rights, oh yeahs, come on nows, hoots, etc til fade

Dancing in the Dark

I get up in the evening, and I ain't got nothing to say

I come home in the morning, I go to bed feeling the same way

I ain't nothing but tired, man I'm just tired and bored with myself

Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark

This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

Message keeps getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving round the place

I check myself out in the mirror I wanna change my clothes my hair my face

Man I ain't getting nowhere just sitting in a dump like this

There's something happening somewhere baby I just know that there is

You can't start a fire...

You sit around getting older there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me

I'll shake this world off my shoulders come baby this laughs on me

Stay on the streets of this town and they'll be carving you up alright

They say you got to stay hungry hey baby I'm just about starving tonight

I'm dying for some action I'm sick of sitting 'round here trying to write

This book

I need a love reaction come on now baby give me just one look

You can't start a fire..

My Hometown

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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