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Video of the day: The Promise – Bruce Springsteen

“The Promise” was originally recorded in 1977 for Bruce’s “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” album, but circumstances (ongoing trial with former manager Mike Appel) forced Bruce to leave it out of the album… too bad.. it would have made one of the greatest albums ever.. even better.

The reason was that Bruce felt critics would misinterpret the song and connect it with his relationship with Mr. Appel.. Even though some writers still insists on the connection.. I’m with Bruce on this one.

The song would have been perfect for “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”.. it’s a dark ballad that pays homage to all the lost souls out there.. it’s a comfort.. it’s something to cling to…

Here are to 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

 

And finally some music…

My fav version is from the “Live In New York City” DVD:

 

and we need to include the 19.09.1978 (my fav Springsteen concert) version as well:

What a GREAT song!

Also worth checking out: The Best Songs, The Promise

-Egil

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