MATAMOROS BANKS

Album version


For two days the river keeps you down
Then you rise to the light without a sound
Past the playgrounds and empty switching yards
The turtles eat the skin from your eyes, so they lay open to the stars

Your clothes give way to the current and river stone
'Till every trace of who you ever were is gone
And the things of the earth they make their claim
That the things of heaven may do the same

Goodye, my darling, for your love I give God thanks
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros banks

Over rivers of stone and ancient ocean beds
I walk on twine and tire tread
My pockets full of dust, my mouth filled with cool stone
The pale moon opens the earth to its bones

I long, my darling, for your kiss, for your sweet love I give God thanks
The touch of your loving fingertips
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros banks

Your sweet memory comes on the evenin' wind
I sleep and dream of holding you in my arms again
The lights of Brownsville, across the river shine
A shout rings out and into the silty red river I dive

I long, my darling, for your kiss, for your sweet love I give God thanks
A touch of your loving fingertips
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros banks

Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros
Meet me on the Matamoros banks


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Info

MATAMOROS BANKS is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2005 album Devils & Dust. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of MATAMOROS BANKS as released in 2005.

In the album's booklet, an epigraph of the song's lyrics reads: "Each year many die crossing the deserts, mountains, and rivers of our southern border in search of a better life. Here I follow the journey backwards, from the body at the river bottom, to the man walking across the desert towards the banks of the Rio Grande."

Composition and Recording

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Matamoros is a city and port in northeastern Mexico, near the mouth of the Rio Grande and across the river from Brownsville, Texas.

On this track, Bruce Springsteen sings vocals and plays guitar and keyboards, and is accompanied by Nashville String Machine on strings.

Devils & Dust

Devils & Dust is Bruce Springsteen's thirteenth studio album. It was released on 26 Apr 2005 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded between 1996 and 2004 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen's home studio in Rumson, NJ) and Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA). Horns and some instrument overdubbing were recorded in 2004 at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA. Strings were recorded in 2004 at Masterfonics in Nashville, TN.

ALL THE WAY HOME and LONG TIME COMIN' were produced by Brendan O'Brien, Bruce Springsteen, and Chuck Plotkin. The rest of the album was produced by Brendan O'Brien. All horn and string arrangements were done by Eddie Horst. BLACK COWBOYS, JESUS WAS AN ONLY SON, LEAH, and MATAMOROS BANKS were mixed by Toby Scott. The rest of the album was mixed by Brendan O'Brien. Toby Scott was the recording engineer at Thrill Hill East, Thrill Hill West, and Southern Tracks, and Nick Didia was the recording engineer at Southern Tracks and Masterphonics.

The album includes a bonus DVD featuring filmed acoustic performances of DEVILS & DUST, LONG TIME COMIN', RENO, ALL I'M THINKIN' ABOUT, and MATAMOROS BANKS, with spoken commentary on their writing and creation. They were filmed live by director Danny Clinch in February 2005 in New Jersey. The DVD also includes the full album in 5.1 surround sound and in 2-channel stereo, with lyrics to the songs accompanying the audio in a karaoke style.

Bruce Springsteen -- Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen -- Devils & Dust

Devils & Dust debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's seventh number one album in the U.S. It also peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK. The album was nominated for two 2006 Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video, but failed to win.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:55. It was issued on DualDisc, CD + DVD, and LP.

Other Official Releases

Other versions of MATAMOROS BANKS were also officially released.

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

Live History

In preparation for the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour, MATAMOROS BANKS was performed during both of the tour's two public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in April 2005 in Asbury Park. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in March and April 2005 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. 20 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 21 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  3. 22 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)

MATAMOROS BANKS was performed 71 times during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour (72 dates, April to November 2005), missing only the 11 Nov 2005 show in Norfolk, VA. The live 31 Jul 2005 version of MATAMOROS BANKS was released on the Schottenstein Center, Ohio 2005 official live download in 2015.

  1. 25 Apr 2005 at Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
  2. 28 Apr 2005 at Nokia Live At Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
  3. 30 Apr 2005 at Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ
  4. 02 May 2005 at Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA
  5. 03 May 2005 at Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA
  6. 05 May 2005 at Oakland Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
  7. 07 May 2005 at Colorado Convention Center Lecture Hall, Denver, CO
  8. 10 May 2005 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  9. 11 May 2005 at Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL
  10. 14 May 2005 at Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
  11. 15 May 2005 at Wolstein Center At Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
  12. 17 May 2005 at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
  13. 19 May 2005 at The Theater At Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  14. 20 May 2005 at Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
  15. 24 May 2005 at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
  16. 27 May 2005 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  17. 28 May 2005 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  18. 30 May 2005 at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
  19. 01 Jun 2005 at Pavelló Olímpic De Badalona, Barcelona, Spain
  20. 02 Jun 2005 at Palacio De Deportes De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  21. 04 Jun 2005 at Palamalaguti, Bologna, Italy
  22. 06 Jun 2005 at Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy
  23. 07 Jun 2005 at Datch Forum, Milan, Italy
  24. 13 Jun 2005 at Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
  25. 15 Jun 2005 at Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
  26. 16 Jun 2005 at Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
  27. 19 Jun 2005 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  28. 20 Jun 2005 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  29. 22 Jun 2005 at Forum København, Copenhagen, Denmark
  30. 23 Jun 2005 at Scandinavium, Gothenberg, Sweden
  31. 25 Jun 2005 at Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
  32. 27 Jun 2005 at Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany
  33. 28 Jun 2005 at ICC Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  34. 13 Jul 2005 at Corel Centre, Ottawa, Canada
  35. 14 Jul 2005 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  36. 16 Jul 2005 at Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
  37. 18 Jul 2005 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
  38. 20 Jul 2005 at Arena At Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, CT
  39. 23 Jul 2005 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  40. 24 Jul 2005 at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
  41. 26 Jul 2005 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  42. 28 Jul 2005 at Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  43. 31 Jul 2005 at Value City Theatre, Columbus, OH
  44. 01 Aug 2005 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  45. 03 Aug 2005 at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
  46. 06 Aug 2005 at Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
  47. 07 Aug 2005 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
  48. 10 Aug 2005 at Rose Garden Theater Of The Clouds, Portland, OR
  49. 11 Aug 2005 at Keyarena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  50. 13 Aug 2005 at Pontiac Theatre At GM Place, Vancouver, Canada
  51. 04 Oct 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
  52. 06 Oct 2005 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  53. 07 Oct 2005 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  54. 09 Oct 2005 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  55. 12 Oct 2005 at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
  56. 13 Oct 2005 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  57. 15 Oct 2005 at Dane County Arena At Alliant Center, Madison, WI
  58. 20 Oct 2005 at DCU Center, Worcester, MA
  59. 21 Oct 2005 at Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, RI
  60. 24 Oct 2005 at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  61. 28 Oct 2005 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  62. 30 Oct 2005 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  63. 04 Nov 2005 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  64. 08 Nov 2005 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  65. 09 Nov 2005 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  66. 13 Nov 2005 at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
  67. 16 Nov 2005 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  68. 17 Nov 2005 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  69. 19 Nov 2005 at Hard Rock Live Arena, Hollywood, FL
  70. 21 Nov 2005 at Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ
  71. 22 Nov 2005 at Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ

Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's MATAMOROS BANKS.

Amy Laber -- Cold, Cold Year
Amy Laber -- Cold, Cold Year

CD - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2008
Various artists -- For You 2: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- For You 2: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Route 66 Music (DTCDA005-2) - Italy, 2010

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. MATAMOROS BANKS is performed by Luigi Mariano.
Frans Pollux -- Pollux Duit Springsteen
Frans Pollux -- Pollux Duit Springsteen

CD - hippoproducties (no catalog number) - Holland, 2012

This is a live Bruce Springsteen tribute album. The songs are in Dutch.

Available Versions

List of available versions of MATAMOROS BANKS on this website:

MATAMOROS BANKS [Album version]

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