REASON TO BELIEVE

Live 18 Nov 1984 version


[Spoken intro:] Now this is a song about uh, blind faith. They say that the safeguard of democracy is uh, educated citizenry. And uh, if I was you I'd watch what was going on down in Central America right now... because last time it was my generation, and this time it could be your generation... and just plain blind faith is a dangerous thing.

Seen a man standin' over a dead dog lyin' by the highway in a ditch
He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick
Got his car door flung open he's standin' out on Highway 31
Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
Man it struck me kinda funny, seemed kinda funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
She said "Baby I'll work for you every day and bring my money home to you"
One day he up and left her and ever since that
He waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
Man struck me kinda funny, seemed kinda funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

They take a baby to the river, Kyle William they called him
They washed the baby in the water, take away little Kyle's sins
In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
They take his body to the graveyard and over him they pray
Lord now won't you tell us, tell us what does it mean
How at the end of every hard earned day you can find some reason to believe

Congregation gathers down by the riverside
Preacher stands with his Bible, the groom stands waitin' for his bride
Congregation gone, the sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree
The groom stands alone and watches the river rush on so effortlessly
Yeah and he's wonderin' where can his baby be
How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Come!

And watch out


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 18 Nov 1984 performance of REASON TO BELIEVE at University Of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour. Following this show Bruce Springsteen donated $10,000 to two food banks in Nebraska.

Ticket stub for the 18 Nov 1984 show at University Of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Ticket stub for the 18 Nov 1984 show at University Of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
(Taken from Brucebase)

Available Versions

List of available versions of REASON TO BELIEVE on this website:

REASON TO BELIEVE [Album version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 19 Aug 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 16 Nov 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 18 Nov 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 19 Nov 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 07 Dec 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 07 Jan 1985 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 17 Nov 1990 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 18 Feb 1996 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 15 May 2005 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Aimee Mann and Michael Penn's cover version]

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