I knew a buddy in high school, good player at baseball (you just... everybody tries to hit him)
He threw that ball, speedball down the plate, make you look just like a fool
I met him in a bar last... at night, he sat in a bar with a raincoat on
He was just talking about them glory days, and said "now 'em glory days are gone", from Stockton
Yeah you just don't count when you're from Stockton, they get you out
My dad worked for fifty years, just turned 59
There in the cold, he lose his job down, they tell him he's too old
Back in '59 he worked in production on the Ford plant assembly line
Pluggin' in them, slappin' in them firewalls and windshields
Now they don't give him piece of their minds, Stockton
Yeah you just don't count, when you're from Stockton, they turn you down
The above lyrics are for an acoustic home demo of GLORY DAYS recorded sometime between January and April 1982 at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Colts Neck, NJ. This early demo features the verse about the narrator's father which was cut from the released album version.
This acoustic demo of GLORY DAYS can be found on The Lost Masters Vol. 10 (Labour Of Love) and The Lost Masters Essential Collection Vol. 1 (Labour Of Love) bootlegs.
Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.
List of available versions of GLORY DAYS on this website:GLORY DAYS [Album version]