ADAM RAISED A CAIN

Live 28 Jun 1988 version


One, two, three, four

In the summer that I was baptized, my father he held me to his side
As they put me to the water, he said how on that day I cried
We were prisoners of love, a love in chains
He was standing in the door, I was standing 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 (yeah)

All of the old faces they ask you why you're back
They fit you with your religion and the keys to your daddy's Cadillac
Well in the darkness of your room somebody 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 (yeah)

[music stops, crowd cheers]

[music resumes]
In the Bible, mamma, Cain slew Abel, East of Eden he was cast
Now you're born into this life paying baby for the sins of somebody else's past
My 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 those flames
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)

Lost but not forgotten from the dark heart of a dream
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain (yeah)
Raised a Cain
(Whooaaaaaa) - I got my mojo baby
(Whooaaaaaa) - I got my black tattoo
(Whooaaaaaa) - I got my charm conqueror baby
(Whooaaaaaa) - I wanna mess with you
(Whooaaaaaa) - I spell M, I spell A
(Whooaaaaaa) - I spell N, on my hand baby
(Whooaaaaaa) - I'm a mannish boy
(Whooaaaaaa) - I'm a man with you, woahhh!
I spell M
I spell A


Info

The above lyrics are for live 28 Jun 1988 performance of ADAM RAISED A CAIN at Stadion Feyenoord in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour. Springsteen replaced the lyrics "They fit you with position" with "They fit you with religion" — he did so during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour and World Tour 1992-1993. This version also concludes with a snippet of Muddy Waters' MANNISH BOY.

Ticket stub for the 28 Jun 1988 show at Stadion Feyenoord, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ticket stub for the 28 Jun 1988 show at Stadion Feyenoord, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Credits

Thanks CM and CRAZYSQUID from Greasy Lake for the lyrics help.

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 11 Feb 1997 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 01 Sep 1999 version]
ADAM RAISED A CAIN [Live 19 Feb 2003 version]

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