REASON TO BELIEVE

Aimee Mann and Michael Penn's cover version


Seen a man standing over a dead dog lying by the highway in a ditch
He's looking down kind of puzzled, poking that dog with a stick
Got his car door flung open, he's standing out on Highway 31
Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
It struck me kind of funny, seemed kind of funny sir to me
Still at the end of every hard 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, bring my money home to you"
One day he up and left her and ever since that
She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
Struck me kind of funny, funny yeah indeed
How at the end of every hard earned day you can find some reason to believe

Take a baby to the river, Kyle William they called him
Wash the baby in the water, take away little Kyle's sin
In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
Take the body to the graveyard and over him they pray
Lord won't you tell us, tell us what does it mean
At the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Congregation gathers down by the riverside
Preacher stands with his bible, groom stands waiting for his bride
Congregation gone, sun sets behind a weeping willow tree
Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on effortlessly
Wondering where can his baby be
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe


Info

The above lyrics are for Aimee Mann and Michael Penn's cover version of REASON TO BELIEVE. The track was produced by Michael Penn and was released on the various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.

Various artists -- Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
Various artists -- Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

CD - Sub Pop (SPCD 525) - USA, 2000
CD - Sub Pop (9878-70525-2) - Germany, 2000
CD - Sub Pop (WPCR-10845) - Japan, 2000

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

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 [Kevin Kinney's cover version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Aimee Mann and Michael Penn's cover version]

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