LONESOME DAY

Album version


Baby, once I thought I knew
Everything I needed to know about you
Your sweet whisper, your tender touch
But I didn't really know that much
The joke's on me, but it's gonna be okay
If I can just get through this lonesome day
Lonesome day

Hell's brewing, dark sun's on the rise
This storm will blow through by and by
House is on fire, viper's in the grass
A little revenge and this too shall pass
This too shall pass, darling, yeah I'm gonna pray
Right now, all I got's this lonesome day
Lonesome day

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, yeah
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, yeah
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, yeah
It's alright, it's alright
Come on!

Better ask questions before you shoot
Deceit and betrayal's bitter fruit
It's hard to swallow come time to pay
That taste on your tongue don't easily slip away
Let kingdom come, I'm gonna find my way
Yeah through this lonesome day
Lonesome day
Lonesome day
Lonesome day

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, yeah
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, yeah
It's alright, it's alright, (it's alright, yeah)
It's alright, (it's alright, it's alright, yeah)
It's alright, it's alright, (it's alright, yeah)
It's alright, it's alright, (it's alright, yeah)

Lonesome day
Lonesome day
Lonesome day


Info

LONESOME DAY is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2002 album The Rising. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of LONESOME DAY as released in 2002.

The album version of LONESOME DAY was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (both 2003 and 2015 editions) compilation album and the Greatest Hits (2009 editions) compilation album.

Composition and Recording

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The Rising

The Rising is Bruce Springsteen's 12th studio album, released on 30 Jul 2002 on Columbia Records. It's Springsteen's first studio album in seven years and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years. The album was produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien and recorded with the E Street Band between January and March 2002 at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2003, and was also nominated for the Album Of The Year award.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Rising
Bruce Springsteen -- The Rising

The album features 15 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 72:52.

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)

Greatest Hits 2009 Edition

Greatest Hits (2009 edition) is a compilation album released by Columbia Records on 13 Jan 2009 in the United State where it was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers. The album was also released (but non-exclusively) in Canada. Unlike the 1995 Greatest Hits release and The Essential Bruce Springsteen in 2003, this compilation was billed to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" instead of just "Bruce Springsteen". The album contains 12 previously released studio tracks and clocks at 53:08.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)

On 01 Jun 2009, Columbia Records released a European edition of the compilation album with an alternative track listing to promote Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's European leg of the Working On A Dream Tour. The European edition was also released in Israel and Mexico, and in Australia in August 2009. The album comes in a standard jewel case, but a limited digipack edition was also released in Europe. Greatest Hits (2009 European edition) contains 16 previously released studio tracks and 2 live bonus tracks taken from the Live/1975-85 box set. It clocks at 79:03.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)

The album charted in several countries, but only made it to # 1 in Sweden. In general, the album did much better in Europe than in North America.

Single Releases

LONESOME DAY is the second single from The Rising. It was released on 02 Dec 2000 and reached #36 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, #39 in the UK, and #47 in Sweden.

Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD-R single - Sony (no catalog number) - Australia, 2002

1-track promotional CD-R.

01- LONESOME DAY
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD-R single - Columbia (SAMPCS 12229) - Austria 2002

1-track promotional CD-R. Comes in a slimline jewel case with no insert. Copies exported to Germany include a German promo fact sheet. Copies exported to Sweden have a sticker with Swedish text.

01- LONESOME DAY
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD single - Columbia (673272 1) - Austria, 2002

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- LONESOME DAY
02- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD EP - Columbia (673272 2) - Austria, 2002

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- LONESOME DAY
02- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
03- THE RISING [Live 29 Aug 2002 version]
04- LONESOME DAY [music video]
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD-R single - Columbia / Sony (no catalog number) – Canada, 2002

1-track promotional CD-R. Disc comes without packaging.

01- LONESOME DAY
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD-R single - Sony (no catalog number) - Japan, 2002

1-track promotional CD-R.

01- LONESOME DAY
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD single - Columbia (673408 2) - UK, 2002

01- LONESOME DAY
02- LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD EP - Columbia (673408 5) - UK, 2002

01- LONESOME DAY
02- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
03- THE RISING [Live 29 Aug 2002 version]
04- LONESOME DAY [music video]
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day
Bruce Springsteen -- Lonesome Day

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - USA, 2002

1-track promotional CD-R. Comes in a slimline jewel case with no insert.

01- LONESOME DAY

Other Official Releases

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The album version of LONESOME DAY appears on some promotional compilation albums.

Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2002 November
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2002 November

CD - Sony (SDCI 80083) - Japan, 2002

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2002 December
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2002 December

CD - Sony (SDCI 80089) - Japan, 2002

Promotional album, also includes Bruce Springsteen's cover of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version].
Various artists -- DEP 749
Various artists -- DEP 749

CD - Columbia / Epic / Sony Music (DEP 749) - Argentina, 2002

Sony Music promotional compilation.
Various artists -- Dep Verano 2003: Rock
Various artists -- Dep Verano 2003: Rock

CD - Columbia / Epic / Sony Music (DEP 753) - Argentina, 2003

Sony Music promotional compilation.

Other versions of LONESOME DAY were also officially released.

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

Live History: on-tour


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Live History: off-tour


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Covers

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The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Promo Sound (PS 1723 CD) - Germany, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set

Digital album - Planet Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was also released the same year as three separate volumes: Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 1 1973-1985, Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 2 1980-1989, and Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 3 1990-2009. A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set however includes two tracks not found on the three separate volumes. In 2012, the same tracks found on A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set were distributed over three download-only digital Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp tribute albums: Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 1, Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 2, and Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 3.
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Big Eye Music (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Ameritz Tribute Club -- Working On the Highway - A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
Ameritz Tribute Club -- Working On the Highway - A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Ameritz Music (unknown catalog number) - UK, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 2
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 2

Digital album - Zulu (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LONESOME DAY on this website:

LONESOME DAY [Album version]
LONESOME DAY [Live 11 May 2005 version]
LONESOME DAY [Live 22 Jan 2017 version]

Page last updated: 22 Dec 2015