I was born by the railroad tracks
Well the train whistle wailed and I wailed right back
Well papa left mama when I was quite young
He said now "One of these days you're gonna follow me son"
I ain't ever satisfied
I ain't ever satisfied

Now I had me a woman she was my world
But I ran off with my back street girl
Now my back street woman could not be true
She left me standin' on the boulevard thinkin' bout you

I got an empty feeling deep inside
I'm going over to the other side

Last night I dreamed I made it to the promise land
I was standin' at the gate and I had the key in my hand
Saint Peter said "Come on in boy, you're finally home"
I said "No thanks Pete, I'll just be moving along"

Lyrics and music by Steve Earle, released on Steve Earl & The Dukes' 1987 album Exit 0. Bruce Springsteen made a surprise guest appearance at a Steve Earle gig on 06 Feb 1998 at the former Tradewinds club in Sea Bright, NJ. He joined him onstage for the encore (6 songs) which included I AIN'T EVER SATISFIED.

Thanks Andy Bertaut for the corrections.

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