MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD

Album version


Well I sought gold and diamond rings
My own drug to ease the pain that living brings
Walked from the mountain to the valley floor
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward

From a house on a hill a sacred light shines
I walk through these rooms but none of them are mine
Down empty hallways I went from door to door
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward

Well your hair shone in the sun
I was so high and I was the lucky one
Then I came crashing down like a drunk on a barroom floor
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward

Tonight I can feel the cold wind at my back
I'm flying high over gray fields, my feathers long and black
Down along the river's silent edge I soar
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward


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Info

MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1992 album Lucky Town. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD as released in 1992.

Composition and Recording

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Lucky Town

The Human Touch recording sessions were completed by early 1991 and the album was planned to be released in the spring of that year. However Bruce Springsteen decided to hold off the release and he continued to write more songs during the spring and summer of 1991. The recording sessions for what later became Lucky Town spanned a period of about five months, from late summer 1991 to very early 1992. It would appear that they began in September 1991 at Springsteen's Los Angeles home studio and were then augmented at A&M Studios later in 1991. Chuck Plotkin has implied that about 15 songs were complete during this session period, which means there are likely only a handful of undocumented songs from these sessions still in the vaults. These mid to late 1991 sessions were not originally intended to produce a stand-alone album – the songs were meant to be added to the ones recorded in 1990 and then the complete body of material would be sieved to produce one album. However, Springsteen unusually decided to release two different albums, Human Touch and Lucky Town, at the same time.

Lucky Town was recorded between September 1991 and January 1992 at Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA) and A&M Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The album was recorded by Toby Scott, mixed by Bob Clearmountain, and mastered by Bob Ludwig. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Chuck Plotkin. Roy Bittan is credited as a fourth co-producer of tracks 05, 06, and 07. Lucky Town was released on Columbia Records on 31 Mar 1992, the same day as Human Touch.

Bruce Springsteen -- Lucky Town
Bruce Springsteen -- Lucky Town

Lucky Town features 10 tracks and clocks at 39:38.

  1. BETTER DAYS
  2. LUCKY TOWN
  3. LOCAL HERO
  4. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
  5. LEAP OF FAITH
  6. THE BIG MUDDY
  7. LIVING PROOF
  8. BOOK OF DREAMS
  9. SOULS OF THE DEPARTED
  10. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD

Live History

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Covers

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Various artists -- Atlantic City
Various artists -- Atlantic City

CD EP - The Right Stuff (72438-58671-2-5) - USA, 1997

This is the first of two 5-track EPs released from the One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen various artists tribute album. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD is one of the four non-album bonus tracks included on this EP. The song is performed by Bumpin' Uglies.
Graziano Romani -- Soul Crusader: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Graziano Romani -- Soul Crusader: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Freedom Rain (FREED-001) - Italy, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.

CD - Purple Pyramid (CLP 1049-2) - USA, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD is performed by Lanny Cordola.
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen Volume 2
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen Volume 2

CD - CMH (CD-8463) - USA, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce
Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce

CD - no label (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD on this website:

MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD [Album version]
MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD [Live 11 Apr 1992 version]

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