ACROSS THE BORDER

Album version


Tonight my bag is packed
Tomorrow I'll walk these tracks
That'll lead me across the border

Tomorrow my love and I
Will sleep 'neath auburn skies
Somewhere across the border

We'll leave behind, my dear
Pain and sadness we found here
And we'll drink from the Bravo's muddy waters

Where the sky grows gray and white
We'll meet on the other side
There across the border

For you I'll build a house
High up on a grassy hill
Somewhere across the border

Where pain and memory
Pain and memory have been stilled
There across the border

And sweet blossoms fill the air
Pastures of gold and green
Roll down into cool clear waters

And in your arms 'neath open skies
I'll kiss the sorrow from your eyes
There across the border

Tonight we'll sing the songs
I'll dream of you my corazon
And tomorrow my heart will be strong

And may the saints' blessings and grace
Carry me safely into your arms
There across the border

For what are we
Without hope in our hearts
That someday we'll drink from God's blessed waters

And eat the fruit from the vine
I know love and fortune will be mine
Somewhere across the border


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Info

ACROSS THE BORDER is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1995 album The Ghost Of Tom Joad. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of ACROSS THE BORDER as released in 1995.

Composition and Recording

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The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Following the Jan-Feb 1995 studio reunion with the E Street Band and the release of Greatest Hits, Bruce Springsteen writing activity increased significantly. Between March and September 1995, Springsteen wrote and recorded about two-albums worth of new songs. From the scattered comments made by Springsteen and other session participants, it would seem that over an album's worth of solo material and over an album's worth of band material were recorded during these sessions. The Ghost Of Tom Joad album consist of 7 solo tracks and 5 band tracks. The songs Springsteen recorded solo may have spanned the entire session period and the band sessions appear to have been split into two or three phases during the spring and summer of 1995.

In his 1998 book Songs, Springsteen wrote: "I knew that The Ghost of Tom Joad wouldn't attract my largest audience. But I was sure the songs on it added up to a reaffirmation of the best of what I do. The record was something new, but it was also a reference point to the things I tried to stand for and be about as a songwriter.

The Ghost Of Tom Joad was released on Columbia Records on 21 Nov 1995. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1997.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ghost Of Tom Joad

The Ghost Of Tom Joad features 12 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 50:16.

Other Official Releases

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Other versions of ACROSS THE BORDER were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- King's Hall, Belfast March 19, 1996
The live 19 Mar 1996 version of ACROSS THE BORDER was released on the King's Hall, Belfast March 19, 1996 official live download in 2017.
Various artists -- Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State Of The Union
The live 22 Jan 1998 version of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD was released on the Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State Of The Union promotional home video in 1998.

Live History: on-tour

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Live History: off-tour

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Covers

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Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris -- Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris -- Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

CD - Asylum Records (62408-2) - USA, 1999
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was only included on the issue listed above. ACROSS THE BORDER is performed by Michael Nold Band.
Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce
Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce

CD - no label (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
By The Way -- The Springsteen Sessions
By The Way -- The Springsteen Sessions

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - Switzerland, 2012

This is a fee download-only digital live Bruce Springsteen tribute EP recorded on 05 Nov 2011 at Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche in Bäretswil, Switzerland.

Available Versions

List of available versions of ACROSS THE BORDER on this website:

ACROSS THE BORDER [Album version]
ACROSS THE BORDER [Live 22 Jan 1998 version]

Page last updated: 18 Sep 2016