Springsteen Sunday (vol.6, The Promised Land)

Happy Sunday and welcome back to the pulpit.

Song: The Promised Land
Album: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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This 1978 album is considered by many to be his very best, and if you take a look at the songs included here, it may be hard to argue that point. The Promised Land is pure Springsteen. His working class message which he includes in many of his songs is one of hope and frustration.

“The Promised Land”

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.

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.

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There is a feeling of being powerless in his lyrics, a growing up of sorts that takes you from boy to man with all the realities of life in front of you.

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 town apart
Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
Find somebody itching for something to start

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.

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Springsteen’s definition of faith has always had a raw edge to it. He always seems to mirror hope with despair.

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

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 believe in a promised land…

 Generally considered one of his best songs, it’s a crowd favorite at concerts. Live from Glastonbury in 2009. It’s always great to see the Big Man blowing his horn again. And of course the crowd….

See you next week.

 

 

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