Live 18 Nov 1984 version
[Spoken intro:] Thanks. This is uh... I know you got a lot of farmers out here in this part of the country having a hard time. This is called, uh, "Sugarland".
The grain's in the field covered with tarp
Can't get a price to see my way clear
I'm sitting down at the Sugarland bar
And might as well bury my body right here
Tractor and combines out in the cold
Sheds piled high with the wheat we ain't sold
Silos filled with last year's crop
If something don't break, man, we'll all gonna drop
Well, my wife's got another coming in July
She's just laying up in bed, all she does is cry, cry, cry
"Tommy, oh, Tommy, I'm so alone,
Tommy, oh, Tommy, oh, won't you stay home"
Pa don't say nothing except when it rains
He sits by the window listening to the sound of passing trains
Roaring out of the night carrying an empty load
We got a whole lot of grain that ain't got nowhere to go
Well, if them prices don't get no higher
I'll fill this duster with gas and set these fields on fire
Sit up on the ridge where the bluebirds fly
And watch the flames rise up against this Sugarland sky
The above lyrics are for the live 18 Nov 1984 performance of SUGARLAND at University Of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour. The song was played in a stripped-down full-band arrangement. Following this show Bruce Springsteen donated $10,000 to two food banks in Nebraska.
List of available versions of SUGARLAND on this website:SUGARLAND [Studio version 1]