DEVILS & DUST

Album version


I got my finger on the trigger
But I don't know who to trust
When I look into your eyes
There's just devils and dust
We're a long, long way from home, Bobbie
Home's a long, long way from us
I feel a dirty wind blowing
Devils and dust

I got God on my side
And I'm just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a powerful thing, baby
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust

Well I dreamed of you last night
In a field of blood and stone
The blood began to dry
The smell began to rise
Well I dreamed of you last night, Bobbie
In a field of mud and bone
Your blood began to dry
And the smell began to rise

We've got God on our side
We're just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a powerful thing, baby
It'll turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust

Now every woman and every man
They wanna take a righteous stand
Find the love that God wills
And the faith that He commands
I've got my finger on the trigger
And tonight faith just ain't enough
When I look inside my heart
There's just devils and dust

Well I've got God on my side
And I'm just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a dangerous thing
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
Yeah it'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust


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Info

DEVILS & DUST is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2005 album Devils & Dust. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of DEVILS & DUST as released in 2005.

The album version of DEVIL & DUST was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition) compilation album.

Composition and Recording

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On this track, Bruce Springsteen sings vocals and plays guitar and keyboards, and is accompanied by Brendan O'Brien on bass, Steve Jordan on drums, Nashville String Machine on strings, and Susan Welty and Thomas Witte on horns.

Devils & Dust

Devils & Dust is Bruce Springsteen's thirteenth studio album. It was released on 26 Apr 2005 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded between 1996 and 2004 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen's home studio in Rumson, NJ) and Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA). Horns and some instrument overdubbing were recorded in 2004 at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA. Strings were recorded in 2004 at Masterfonics in Nashville, TN.

ALL THE WAY HOME and LONG TIME COMIN' were produced by Brendan O'Brien, Bruce Springsteen, and Chuck Plotkin. The rest of the album was produced by Brendan O'Brien. All horn and string arrangements were done by Eddie Horst. BLACK COWBOYS, JESUS WAS AN ONLY SON, LEAH, and MATAMOROS BANKS were mixed by Toby Scott. The rest of the album was mixed by Brendan O'Brien. Toby Scott was the recording engineer at Thrill Hill East, Thrill Hill West, and Southern Tracks, and Nick Didia was the recording engineer at Southern Tracks and Masterphonics.

The album includes a bonus DVD featuring filmed acoustic performances of DEVILS & DUST, LONG TIME COMIN', RENO, ALL I'M THINKIN' ABOUT, and MATAMOROS BANKS, with spoken commentary on their writing and creation. They were filmed live by director Danny Clinch in February 2005 in New Jersey. The DVD also includes the full album in 5.1 surround sound and in 2-channel stereo, with lyrics to the songs accompanying the audio in a karaoke style.

Bruce Springsteen -- Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen -- Devils & Dust

Devils & Dust debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's seventh number one album in the U.S. It also peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK. The album was nominated for two 2006 Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video, but failed to win.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:55. It was issued on DualDisc, CD + DVD, and LP.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Single Release

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Other Official Releases

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The album version of DEVILS & DUST appears on some various artists albums.

Various artists -- The Cornerstone Player 060
Various artists -- The Cornerstone Player 060

2xCD + DVD - Cornerstone Promotion (CSP060) - USA, 2005

Promotional compilation.
Various artists -- Dep Abril 2005
Various artists -- Dep Abril 2005

CD - Columbia / Epic / Sony BMG Music Entertainment (DEP 846) - Argentina, 2005

Sony Music promotional compilation.
Various artists -- Dep Mayo 2005
Various artists -- Dep Mayo 2005

CD - Columbia / Epic / Sony BMG Music Entertainment (DEP 848) - Argentina, 2005

Sony Music promotional compilation.
Various artists -- 2006 Grammy Nominees
Various artists -- 2006 Grammy Nominees

CD - Grammy Recordings / Sony BMG Music Entertainment (82876 74277-2) - USA, 2006

Other versions of DEVILS & DUST were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- Schottenstein Center, Ohio 2005
The live 31 Jul 2005 version of DEVILS & DUST was released on the Schottenstein Center, Ohio 2005 official live download in 2015.

Live History: on-tour

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DEVILS & DUST was sound-checked prior to the 09 Apr 2003 show in Sacramento, CA, and the 11 Apr 2003 show in Vancouver, Canada, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of The Rising Tour's regular shows. This was a very a very early version featuring many different lyrics from the album version, which was released two years later. See the 11 Apr 2003 sound-check version for more details.

Live History: off-tour

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's album version of DEVILS & DUST appears in two movies.

Promotional poster for the film "Badlands"
It was used in the 2007 film Badlands, directed by Francesco Lucente and starring Jamie Draven. No soundtrack album was released for this film.
Promotional poster for the film "Money Monster"
It was used in the official trailer of the 2016 film Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O'Connell, but was not used in the film itself. It was not included on the film's soundtrack album.

Covers

A few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's DEVILS & DUST.

Celeb -- Celeb Trance-Hit Best
Celeb -- Celeb Trance-Hit Best

CD - Get Over The Records (GYCP-10066) - Japan, 2006
Matt Tyler -- Brilliant Disguise
Matt Tyler -- Brilliant Disguise

CD-R - Dannyboy Records (DBM003) - UK, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Luca Hawk -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute: Acoustic Solo Project
Luca Hawk -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute: Acoustic Solo Project

CD EP - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2007

This is a promotional Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
Andrew Nicholson -- Driving All Night: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Volume II
Andrew Nicholson -- Driving All Night: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Volume II

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

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Jessie Kennedy -- Field Of The Wicked
Jessie Kennedy -- Field Of The Wicked

CD - Wicked Records (unknown catalog number) - Ireland, 2009
Doc Bones & The Rattlesnakes -- Outlaws & Lovers
Doc Bones & The Rattlesnakes -- Outlaws & Lovers

CD - no label (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2010
George Mileson -- Leap of Faith: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
George Mileson -- Leap of Faith: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Growin' Up Records (8471812289631) - Spain, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Pam Millar -- Echoes
Pam Millar -- Echoes

CD EP - Tree Ring Records (no catalog number) - Canada, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Canada, 2016

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. DEVILS & DUST is performed by Leigh Denholm.

Available Versions

List of available versions of DEVILS & DUST on this website:

DEVILS & DUST [Album version]
DEVILS & DUST [11 Apr 2003 sound-check version]
DEVILS & DUST [Live 31 May 2005 version]

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