LONG WALK HOME

Live 11 Nov 2006 version


Alright. Oh, when I went out and saw Lucinda Williams last night, and uh... she was fabulous of course. Beautiful songwriter and uh, she was brave 'cause she played all her new songs. And uh, it's like I wanna, between my whoring and drinking, when I come home after that, I sit up in the hotel on occasion and I, and I try to write. So uh... this is uh... this is uh, something -- it's kind of a work in progress... (cheers) uh... I was saying earlier, you know, it's some return to some semblance of sanity in the States, but there was so much destruction done, uh, just to basic principles of democracy that not only is it broken, it needs to be fixed now (chuckles) you know. So... (cheers) This is a song called uh, "Gonna Be A Long Walk Home".

[P]Last night I stood at your doorstep trying to figure out what went wrong
You slipped something into my palm and you were gone
It was the same deep green of summer, 'bove me the same night sky was glowin'
In the distance I could see the town where I was born

It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home

I walked past Sal's grocery, Joe's barber shop on South Street
I looked into the faces, they were all rank strangers to me
Veteran's Hall up upon the hill stood dark and alone
Frankie's diner was shuttered and boarded with a sign that just said "gone"

It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home

My Pa said "Son, we're lucky, this town is a beautiful place to be born
It just wraps its arms around you, nobody crowds you, nobody goes it alone
You see that flag down at the courthouse, it means certain things are set in stone
Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't"

Well it's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home

Here everybody has a neighbor, everybody has a friend
Everybody has a reason to begin again

[harmonica bridge]

Now the water's rising 'round the corner, there's a fire burning out of control
There's a hurricane on Main Street and I've got murder in my soul
Yeah well when the party's over, when the cheering is all gone
Will you know me, will I know you, will I know you

'Cause it's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up, it's gonna be a long walk home
Hey now darling, it's gonna be a long walk home
Yeah it's gonna be a long walk home


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 11 Nov 2006 performance of LONG WALK HOME at Wembley Arena in London, England, during The Seeger Sessions Tour.

Ticket stub for the 11 Nov 2006 show at Wembley Arena, London, England
Ticket stub for the 11 Nov 2006 show at Wembley Arena, London, England
(Taken from BishopDanced.com)

Bruce Springsteen made a suprise guest appearance at a Lucinda Williams show at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London the previous night. He played guitar on a 2-song set, DISGUSTED and JOY. He was inpressed by the inclusion of several new songs in her set, and this inspired him to debut one of his own.

Springsteen introduced LONG WALK HOME as "Gonna Be A Long Walk Home" and explained that it was a "work in progress" (see spoken intro above). Lyrics for this early live version of the song are significantly different from and more expanded than the album version:

  • Many lines vary from the album version.
  • The verse "Here everybody has a neighbor..." has been repositioned on the album version.
  • The album version is shorter, missing the last two verses: "Now the water's rising..." and "Yeah well when the party..."
  • "Now the water's rising" is probably a reference to the floods in New Orleans.

Credits

Thanks A_to_Z (from Greasy Lake), Bosstown123 (from Greasy Lake), Peter (from Lost In The Flood), Rachel Schoneveld, John Eick, and The Amazing Hondo for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LONG WALK HOME on this website:

LONG WALK HOME [Album version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 11 Nov 2006 version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 12 Feb 2014 version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 11 Sep 2016 version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 14 Sep 2016 version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 01 Nov 2016 version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 07 Nov 2016 version]

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