1945

Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version


John's father was a preacher who taught him "Thou shalt not kill"
When the draft notice came in August father pronounced it as God's will
He boot camped in Mississippi not far from New Orleans
They drilled him and they trained him, marched him straight into the sea

Just knowing she was waiting helped him to survive
And when he came close to dying helped him stay alive
Now he's coming home, it's 1945

John met her on his furlough, his brother was going out with her best friend
She took him home to meet her parents, John asked if he could see her again
First date was to the movies, drove her home to say goodbye to the family
She promised she would write him when he shipped out for overseas

Just knowing she was waiting helped him to survive
And when he came close to dying helped him stay alive
Now he's coming home, it's 1945

He got wounded south of Paris in the summer of '44
They patched him up in England, sent him back to the war
He remembers the day it ended, he can't recall the place
He took her picture from his helmet, just stared into her face

Just knowing she was waiting helped him to survive
And when he came close to dying helped him stay alive
Now he's coming home, it's 1945
It's 1945
It's 1945
It's 1945


Info

1945 is a song written by Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen in July 1995, with Springsteen providing most of the music and Grushecky most of the lyrics. The song was released on Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' 1997 album Coming Home. The album also includes three other songs that Grushecky co-wrote with Springsteen: CHEAP MOTEL, I'M NOT SLEEPING, and IDIOT'S DELIGHT.

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Coming Home
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Coming Home

The above lyrics are for the original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version of 1945 as released in 1997.

Live History

As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed 1945 live.

Credits

Thanks Steen Andersson (rosalita101 at Greasy Lake) for the Coming Home album scan.

Available Versions

List of available versions of 1945 on this website:

1945 [Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version]

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