Bruce Springsteen lyrics - Album: Tunnel of Love [1987]

Ain't Got You

I got a fortune of heaven in diamonds and gold

I got all the bonds baby that the bank could hold

I got houses 'cross the country honey end to end

And everybody buddy wants to be my friend

Well I got all the riches honey any man every knew

But the only thing I ain't got honey I ain't got you

I got a house full of rembrandt and priceless art

And all the little girls they wanna tear me apart

When I walk down the street people stop and stare

Well you think I might be thrilled but baby I don't care

Cause I got more good luck honey than old king farouk

But the only thing I ain't got baby I ain't got you

I got a big diamond watch sittin' on my wrist

I try to tempt you baby but you just resist

I made a deal with the devil babe I won't deny

Until I got you in my arms I can't be satisfied

I got a pound of caviar sitting home on ice

I got a fancy foreign car that rides like paradise

I got a hundred pretty women knockin' down my door

And folks wanna kiss me I ain't even seen before

I been around the world and all across the seven seas

Been paid a king's ransom for doin' what comes naturally

But I'm still the biggest fool honey this world ever knew

'cause the only thing I ain't got baby I ain't got you

Tougher Than the Rest

Well it's saturday night you're all dressed up in blue

I been watching you awhile maybe you been watching me too

So somebody ran out left somebody's heart in a mess

Well if you're looking for love honey I'm tougher than the rest

Some girls they want a handsome dan or some good-lookin' joe

On their arms some girls like a sweet-talkin' romeo

Well 'round here baby I learned you get what you can get

So if you're rough enough for love honey I'm tougher than the rest

The road is dark and it's a thin thin line

But I want you to know I'll walk it for you anytime

Maybe your other boyfriends couldn't pass the test

Well if you're rough and ready for love honey I'm tougher than the rest

Well it ain't no secret I've been around a time or two

Well I don't know baby maybe you've been around too

Well there's another dance all you gotta do is say yes

And if you're rough and ready for love honey I'm tougher than the rest

If you're rough enough for love baby I'm tougher than the rest

All That Heaven Will Allow

I got a dollar in my pocket there ain't a cloud up above

I got a picture in a locket that says baby I love you

Well if you didn't look then boys then fellas don't go lookin' now

Well here she comes a-walkin' all that heaven will allow

Say hey there mister bouncer now all I wanna dance

But I swear I left my wallet back home in my workin' pants

C'mon slim slip me in man I'll make it up to you somehow

I can't be late I got a date with all that heaven will allow

Rain and storm and dark skies well now they don't mean a thing

If you got a girl that loves you and who wants to wear your ring

So c'mon mister trouble we'll make it through you somehow

We'll fill this house with all the love all that heaven will allow

Now some may wanna die young man young and gloriously

Get it straight now mister hey buddy that ain't me

'cause I got something on my mind that sets me straight and walking proud

And I want all the time all that heaven will allow

Spare Parts

Booby said he'd pull out bobby stayed in

Janey had a baby wasn't any sin

They were set to marry on a summer day

Bobby got scared and he ran away

Jane moved in with here ma out on shawnee lake

She sighed ma sometimes my whole life feels like one big mistake

She settled in in a back room time passed on

Later that winter a son came along

Spare parts and broken hearts

Keep the world turnin' around

Now janey walked that baby across the floor night after night

But she was a young girl and she missed the party lights

Meanwhile in south texas in a dirty oil patch

Bobby heard about his son bein' born and swore he wasn't ever goin' back

Spare parts and broken hearts

Keep the world turnin' around

Janey heard about a woman over in calverton

Put her baby in the river let the river roll on

She looked at her boy in the crib where he lay

Got down on her knees cried till she prayed

Mist was on the water low run the tide

Janey held her son down at the riverside

Waist deep in water how bright the sun shone

She lifted him in her arms and carried him home

As he lay sleeping in her bed janey took a look around at everything

Went to a drawer in her bureau and got out her old engagement ring

Took out her wedding dress tied that ring up in it's sash

Went straight down to the pawn shop man and walked out with some good

Cold cash

Spare parts and broken hearts

Keep the world turnin' around

Cautious Man

Bill horton was a cautious man of the road

He walked lookin' over his shoulder and remained faithful to it's code

When something caught his eye he'd measure his need

And then very carefully he'd proceed

Billy met a young girl in the early days of may

It was there in her arms he let his cautiousness slip away

In their lovers twilight as the evening sky grew dim

He'd lay back in her arms and laugh what had happened to him

On his right hand billy tattooed the word love and on his left hand was the word fear

And in which hand he held his fate was never clear

Come indian summer he took his young lover for his bride

And with own hands built a great house down by the riverside

Now billy was an honest man he wanted to do what was right

He worked hard to fill their lives with happy days and loving nights

Alone on his knees in the darkness for steadiness he'd pray

For he knew in a restless heart the seed of betrayal lay

One night billy awoke from a terrible dream callin' his wife's name

She lay breathing beside him in a peaceful sleep a thousand miles away

He got dressed in the moonlight and down to the highway he strode

When he got there he didn't find nothing but road

Billy felt a coldness rise up inside him that he couldn't name

Just as the words tattooed 'cross his knuckles he knew would always remain

At their bedside he brushed the hair from his wife's face as the moon shone on her skin so white

Filling their room with the beauty of god's fallen light

Walk Like a Man

I remember how rough your hand felt on mine on my wedding day

And the tears cried on my shoulder I couldn't turn away

Well so much has happened to me that I don't understand

All I can think of is being five years old following behind you at the beach tracing your footprints in the sand

Trying to walk like a man

By our lady of the roses we lived in the shadow of the elms

I remember ma draggin' me and my sister up the street to the church whenever she heard those wedding bells

Well would they ever look so happy again the handsome groom and his bride

As they stepped into that long black limousine for their mystery ride

Well tonight you step away from me and alone at the alter I stand

And as I watch my bride coming down the aisle I pray for the strength to walk like a man

Well now the years have gone and I've grown from that seed you've sown

But I didn't think there'd be so many steps I'd have to learn on my own

Well I was young and I didn't know what to do

When I saw your best steps stolen away from you

Now I'll do what I can

I'll walk like a man

And I'll keep on walkin'

Tunnel of Love

Fat man sitting on a little stool

Takes the money from my hand while his eyes take a walk all over you

Hands me the ticket smiles and whispers good luck

Cuddle up angel cuddle up my little dove

We'll ride down baby into this tunnel of love

I can feel the soft silk of your blouse

And them soft thrills in our little fun house

Then the lights go out and it's just the three of us

You me and all that stuff we're so scared of

Gotta ride down baby into this tunnel of love

There's a crazy mirror showing us both in 5-d

I'm laughing at you you're laughing at me

There's a room of shadows that gets so dark brother

It's easy for two people to lose each other in this tunnel of love

It ought to be easy ought to be simple enough

Man meets woman and they fall in love

But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough

And you've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above if you want to ride on down in through this tunnel of love

Two Faces

I met a girl and we ran away

I swore I'd make her happy every day

And how I made her cry

Two faces have i

Sometimes mister I feel sunny and wild

Lord I love to see my baby smile

Then dark clouds come rolling by

Two faces have i

One that laughs one that cries

One says hello one says goodbye

One does things I don't understand

Makes me feel like half a man

At night I get down on my knees and pray

Our love will make that other man go away

But he'll never say goodbye

Two faces have i

Last night as I kissed you 'neath the willow tree

He swore he'd take your love away from me

He said our life was just a lie

And two faces have i

Well go ahead and let him try

Brilliant Disguise

I hold you in my arms as the band plays

What are those words whispered baby just as you turn away

I saw you last night out on the edge of town

I wanna read your mind and know just what I've got in this new thing I've found

So tell me what I see when I look in your eyes

Is that you baby or just a brilliant disguise

I heard somebody call your name from underneath our willow

I saw something tucked in shame underneath your pillow

Well I've tried so hard baby but I just can't see

What a woman like you is doing with me

So tell me what I see when I look in your eyes

Is that you baby or just a brilliant disguise

Now look at me baby struggling to do everything right

And then it all falls apart when out go the lights

I'm just a lonely pilgrim I walk this world in wealth

I want to know if it's you I don't trust 'cause I damn sure don't trust


Now you play the loving woman I'll play the faithful man

But just don't look too close into the palm of my hand

We stood at the alter the gypsy swore our future was right

But come the wee wee hours maybe baby the gypsy lied

So when you look at me you better look hard and look twice

Is that me baby or just a brilliant disguise

Tonight our bed is cold

I'm lost in the darkness of our love

God have mercy on the man

Who doubts what he's sure of

One Step Up

Woke up this morning my house was cold

Checked out the furnace she wasn't burnin'

Went out and hoped in my old ford

Hit the engine but she ain't turnin'

We've given each other some hard lessons lately

But we ain't learnin'

We're the same sad story that's a fact

One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room

But he ain't singin'

Girl in white outside a church in june

But the church bells they ain't ringing

I'm sitting here in this bar tonight

But all I'm thinkin' is

I'm the same old story same old act

One step up and two steps back

It's the same thing night on night

Who's wrong baby who's right

Another fight and I slam the door on

Another battle in our dirty little war

When I look at myself I don't see

The man I wanted to be

Somewhere along the line I slipped off track

I'm caught movin' one step up and two steps back

There's a girl across the bar

I get the message she's sending

Mmm she ain't lookin' to married

And me well honey I'm pretending

Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms

The music was never-ending

We danced as the evening sky faded to black

One step up and two steps back

When You're Alone

Times were tough love was not enough

So you said sorry johnny I'm gone gone gone

You said my act was funny

But we both knew what was missing honey

So you let out on your own

Now that pretty form that you've got baby

Will make sure you get along

But you're gonna find our someday honey

When you're alone you're alone

When you're alone you're alone

When you're alone you're alone

When you're alone you ain't nothing but alone

Now I was young and pretty on the mean streets of the city

And I fought to make'em my home

With just the shirt on my back I left and swore I'd never look back

And man I was gone gone gone

But there's things that'll knock you down you don't even see coming

And send you crawling like a baby back home

You're gonna find out that day sugar

When you're alone...

I knew some day your runnin' would be through

And you'd think back on me and you

And your love would be strong

You'd forget all the bad and think only of all the laughs that we had

And you'd wanna come home

Now it ain't hard feelings or nothin' sugar

That ain't what's got me singing this song

It's just nobody knows baby where love goes

But when it goes it's gone gone

When you're alone...

Valentine's Day

I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark

I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart

It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through

And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you

A friend of mine became a father last night

When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light

Of the skies and the rivers the timberwolf in the pines

And that great jukebox out on route 39

They say he travels fastest who travels alone

But tonight I miss my girl mister tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves

Left blown by the wayside

That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight

Is it the cry of the river

With the moonlight shining through

That ain't what scares me baby

What scares me is losing you

They if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed

But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head

And god's light came shinin' on through

I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin' and born anew

It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me

It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true

It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms

No no baby it was you

So hold me close honey say you're forever mine

And tell me you'll be my lonely valentine

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