BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE


Saigon, it was all gone
The same Coke machines
As the streets I grew on
Down in a mesquite canyon
We come walking along the ridge
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Campsite's an hour's walk from the nearest road to town
Up here there's too much brush and canyon
For the CHP choppers to touch down
Ain't lookin' for nothin', just wanna live
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Come the Santa Ana's, man, that dry brush'll light
Billy Devon got burned up in his own campfire one winter night
We buried his body in the white stone high up along the ridge
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Had enough of town and the street life
Over nothing you end up on the wrong end of someone's knife
Now I don't want no trouble
And I ain't got none to give
Me and the brothers under the bridge

I come home in '72
You were just a beautiful light
In your mama's dark eyes of blue
I stood down on the tarmac, I was just a kid
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Come Veterans' Day I sat in the stands in my dress blues
I held your mother's hand
When they passed with the red, white and blue
One minute you're right there... and something slips...


Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, BROTHER UNDER THE BRIDGE was on the Tracks box set in 1998 and included on the 18 Tracks compilation album the following year. That officially released studio version was recorded at the Hit Factory on 22 Mar 1995. The song was frequently played during The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour, and appeared once during The Reunion Tour, on 11 Apr 1999 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.

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