Unofficial 1995 studio version
[Spoken:] One, two, one two three four.
Well hey there mister, can you tell me what happened to the seeds I've sown
Can you give me a reason, sir, as to why they've never grown
They just blown around from town to town till they're back out on these fields
Where they fall from my hand back into the dirt of this hard land
Now me and my sister, from Germantown yeah we did ride
Yeah we made our beds, sir, from the rock on the mountain side
We've been blown around from town to town looking for a place to stand
Where the sun bursts through the clouds and fall like a circle, like a circle of fire down on this hard land
Well now even the rain it don't come around, don't come around here no more
And the only sound at night's the wind slamming that back porch door
It just stirs you up like it wants to blow you down, twisting and churning up the sand
And leaving all them scarecrows lying face down in the dirt of this hard land
From a building up on the hill I can hear a tape deck blasting "Home On The Range"
I can hear them bar rim choppers sweeping low across the plains
And it's me and you Frank, we're looking for lost cattle, our hooves twisting and churning up the sand
We're riding in the whirlwind, searching for lost treasure way down south of the Rio Grande
Yeah we're riding across that river in the moonlight way up onto the banks of this hard land
Hey Frank, won't you pack your bags and meet me tonight down at Liberty Hall
Hey just one kiss from you my brother and we'll ride until we fall
We'll sleep in the fields, we'll sleep by the rivers and in the morning we'll make a plan
Well if you can't make it, stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive if you can and meet me in a dream of this hard land
[Spoken:] (chuckles) Alright. Alright. uh... how's that key?
The above lyrics are for a studio version of THIS HARD LAND recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory in New York City, NY. It is very similar to the official 1995 studio version that was released on Greatest Hits but is more guitar driven.
This unofficial 1995 studio version of THIS HARD LAND can be found on the Deep Down In The Vaults (E Street Records) bootleg.
List of available versions of THIS HARD LAND on this website:THIS HARD LAND [Official 1982 studio version]