Unofficial studio version 2
Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown
Terry works in a rock and roll band looking for that million-dollar sound
Me sometimes I don't do nothing, some spend a lot of time alone
Some nights I go to the drive-in and some nights I stay home
I followed that dream just like those guys do way up on the screen
Rode down the Challenger down Route 9 trough the dead ends and all the bad scene
When the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my own dreams
Well now I built that Challenger by myself, but I needed money and so I sold it
And I lived a secret I should've kept to myself, but I got drunk one night and I told it
All my life I fought the fight, the one that no man can ever win
Every day it just gets harder to live the dream I'm believing in
Thunder Road, here one ride in the morning till it turns light
Thunder Road, there's something dying out on the highway tonight
Well now I won big once and I hit the coast, oh but somehow I paid that big cost
I feel like I was carrying the broken spirits of all the other ones who lost
When the promise is broken you can go on living, but, man, it steals something from down in your soul
Like when the truth is spoken, but it don't make no difference, something in your heart grows cold
Well I followed that dream in the southwestern flats to the dead ends and a two-bit bars
When the promise was broken I was far away from home sleeping in the backseat of a borrowed car
Thunder Road, here's one for the lost lovers and all the fixed games
Thunder Road, here's one for the tires rushing by in the rain
Thunder Road, remember me and Terry what we'd say
Thunder Road, we're gonna take it all and throw it all away
The above lyrics are for a studio take of THE PROMISE recorded, according to The Lost Masters Vol. 2 bootleg liner notes, in August 1977 at Atlantic Studios in New York City, NY. Comparing with Sony's database, this take must have been cut on 24 and 30 Aug 1977 at Atlantic Studios.
A snippet from the last verse from this studio version of THE PROMISE was used in The Promise: The Making Of 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' documentary.
This unofficial studio version of THE PROMISE can be found on several bootlegs, including The Lost Masters Vol. 2 (Labour Of Love) [track 12], The Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection (E Street Records) [disc 2, track 03], and Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 3: The Promise (Scorpio) [track 01].
The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town is a documentary that was produced for The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set. It was directed by Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The ninety-minute film combines never-before-seen footage of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978, including home rehearsals and studio sessions, with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.
The documentary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 Sep 2010 and also aired on HBO on 07 Oct 2010. It was first released on 16 Nov 2010 exclusively as part of the The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats (housed in a cardboard sleeve). It was then released separately on 03 May 2011, again in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats (housed in a DVD or Blu-Ray case).
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