ADAM RAISED A CAIN

Live 28 Feb 1988 version


One, two, three, four

In the summer that I was baptized, my father held me to his side
He put me into the water, he said how on that day I cried
We were prisoners of love, a love in chains
He was standin' in the door, I was standin' in the rain
With the same hot blood burning in our veins
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain

All of the old faces they ask you why you're back
They fit you with religion and the keys to your daddy's Cadillac*
In the darkness of your room your mother calls you by your true name
You remember the faces, the places, the names
You know it's never over, it's relentless as the rain
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain

(Woahhhhhh...)
In the Bible, mamma, Cain slew Abel, East of Eden he was cast
You're born into this life paying for the sins of somebody else's past
Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame
You inherit the sins, you inherit the flame
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain

Lost but not forgotten from the dark heart of a dream
Adam raised a Cain
Raised a Cain
Raised a Cain
Raised a Cain
(Whooaaaaaa)
(Whooaaaaaa) - Yeah!
(Whooaaaaaa)
(Whooaaaaaa) - Yeah!
(Whooaaaaaa)
(Whooaaaaaa) - Yeah!
(Whooaaaaaa)
(Whooaaaaaa) - Yeah!**


The above lyrics refer to the live 28 Feb 1988 performance from Centrum In Worcester, Worcester, MA, during the Tunnel Of Love tour.

* Most of the times, "They fit you with religion" replaced "They fit you with position" during the Tunnel Of Love, and Human Touch tours.

** During the Tunnel Of Love tour, starting on the 19 Jun 1988 show at Hippodrome De Vincennes, Paris, France, lyrics from Muddy Waters' MANNISH BOY were added to the end of ADAM RAISED A CAIN. Check out the live 28 Jun 1988 version which has those lyrics.

Available Versions

List of available versions of ADAM RAISED A CAIN on this website:

ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Album version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Outtake version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 28 Feb 1988 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 28 Jun 1988 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 01 Jun 1993 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 19 Mar 1996 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 11 Feb 1997 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 01 Sep 1999 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 19 Feb 2003 version]