LONG WALK HOME

Live 07 Nov 2016 version


[Spoken intro:] Good evening, good evening. It's an honor to be here with the president and Mrs. Obama, President Clinton and Chelsea. And if we all do our part tomorrow, President-elect Clinton. Yes, yes. The choice tomorrow couldn't be any clearer. Hillary's candicy— candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation, and on an actual vision of an America where everyone counts, men and women, white and black, Hispanic and native, where folks of all faiths and backgrounds can come together to address our problems in a reasonable and thoughtful way. That vision of America is essential to sustain, no matter how difficult its realization. Hillary sees an America where the issue of income distribution should be at the forefront of our national conversation, where the progress we've made in reducing our unemployment is not enough, we must do better. She has a vision of universal health care for all that will build on the work of President Obama's. She sees an America that needs to be fairer, where our highest courts look to protect the rights of all of our citizens and not just the privileged. She sees an America where the issue of immigration reform is dealt with realistically and compassionately. And she calls to an America that participates in the welfare of our planet, both in world affairs and in global science, and where the unfinished business of protecting the rights of women is not an afterthought, but a priority. This is the country where we are indeed, where will indeed be stronger together. Now briefly, to address her opponent, this is a man whose vision is limited to little beyond himself, who has a profound lack of decency that would allow him to prioritize his own interests and ego before American democracy itself. Somebody who'd be willing to damage our long-cherished and admired system rather than look to himself for the reasons behind his own epic failure. That's unforgivable. Tomorrow those ideas and that campaign is going down. Let's all do our part so we can look back on 2016 and say we stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history. That's why I'm standing here with you tonight, for the dream of a better America. This is a prayer for, uh, post-election. This is called "Long Walk Home".

Last night I stood at your doorstep trying to figure out what went wrong
You just slipped something into my palm, then you were gone
I could smell the same deep green of summer, above me the same night sky was glowing
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
A long walk home

In town I passed Sal's grocery, the barbershop on South Street
I looked in their faces, they were all rank strangers to me
The Veteran's Hall high upon the hill stood silent and alone
The 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
It's gonna be a long walk home

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

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

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
It's gonna be a long walk home
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
It's gonna be a long walk home
It's gonna be a long walk home


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Nov 2016 performance of LONG WALK HOME at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA, during the only Hillary Clinton 2016 election rally on which Bruce Springsteen appeared. The song was played in a solo acoustic guitar arrangement.

In 2016, Bruce Springsteen appeared on only election rally for U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on the eve of the election. Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and harmonica, Springsteen performed a three-song set at the rally.

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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