CODE OF SILENCE

Live 04 Dec 2002 version


Bruce Springsteen (spoken):This is a song Joe and I wrote a few years back...

Joe Grushecky:There's a code of silence, we don't dare speak
There's a wall between us and a river deep
Bruce Springsteen:We keep pretending that there's nothing wrong
Oh, there's a code of silence and it can't go on

Joe Grushecky:Ah, the truth so elusive, so elusive you see
That it ain't enough baby, to bridge the distance they put between you and me
Bruce Springsteen:There's a list of grievance 100 miles long
There's a code of silence and it can't go on

Joe Grushecky:Well I go to say I'm sorry
But you act like it's all been said
Now 'neath the house I started working
What's going on inside your head
Well I need to know now darlin'
Need to know what's going on
Well come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on

Bruce Springsteen:I go to say I'm sorry
But you act like it's all been said
Now 'neath the house I started working
What's going on inside your head
Well I need to know now darlin'
Yeah, that's right, I know what's wrong
Both:Well come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on

Both:There's a code of silence that we don't dare speak
There's a wall between us and the river's deep
We keep pretending there's nothing wrong
There's a code of silence
And it can't go on
Bruce Springsteen:Can't go on
Joe Grushecky:Well it can't go on
Bruce Springsteen:Can't go on

Both:Can't go on (oh yeah)
And it can't go on
And it can't go on (can't go on, can't go on)
There's a code (can't go on, can't go on, can't go on)
Can't go on (can't go on, can't go, can't go on)
Can't go on, can't so on
Sing!
Aha, aha
Aha, aha
Aha, aha
Aha, aha

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 04 Dec 2002 performance of CODE OF SILENCE at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, during The Rising Tour. Springsteen performed the song with co-writer Joe Grushecky who joined him on stage. That was the first time that Springsteen and Grushecky played CODE OF SILENCE live together.

Ticket stub for the 04 Dec 2002 show at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Ticket stub for the 04 Dec 2002 show at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
(Taken from Brucebase)

The "Well you walk with your eyes open..." verse is omitted and replaced by the "Well I go to say I'm sorry..." verse, which is unique to this version.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics.

Available Versions

List of available versions of CODE OF SILENCE on this website:

CODE OF SILENCE [Joe Grushecky's album version]
CODE OF SILENCE [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
CODE OF SILENCE [Live 04 Dec 2002 version]
CODE OF SILENCE [Live 04 Oct 2003 version]

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