Live 07 Nov 2007 version
[Spoken intro:] This is my last tune, this is one I wrote back when it was, uh, sort of a musician-heal-thyself times, so uh, I'm gonna send this out, this is for our good and swift, heal them with love, and we pray for your strength and hope.
The screen door slams, Mary's dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey, that's me and I want you only
Don't turn me home again
Just can't face myself alone anymore
Well, don't you run back inside
Darling, you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore
Well, show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but, hey, you're all right
That's all right with me
Oh, this is it!
You can hide 'neath your covers and study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
Waste your summer praying in vain for a savior to rise from these streets
Well, I'm no hero, that's understood
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Yeah, what else can we do now
Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair
Yeah, the night's busted open, these two lanes will take us anywhere
Yeah, we got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back, heaven's waiting down on the tracks
Whoa, oh, come take my hand
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Whoa, oh, oh, Thunder Road, oh, Thunder Road, Thunder Road
It's lying out there like a killer in the sun
I know it's late, but we can make it if we run
Whoa, oh, oh, Thunder Road, sit tight, take hold, Thunder Road
Well, I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk
My car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk
From your front porch to my front seat
The door's open but the ride, it ain't free
I know you're lonely, there's words that I ain't spoken
Tonight we'll be free, all the promises will be broken
There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away
They haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets
They scream your name at night in the street
Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
In the lonely cool before dawn
You hear their engines roaring on
When you get to the porch, they're gone
On the wind; so Mary climb in
It's a town full of losers, and we're pulling out of here to win
The above lyrics are for the live 07 Nov 2007 performance of THUNDER ROAD at Town Hall in New York City, NY, during the first (2007) annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit. The song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement.
Bruce Springsteen played a three-song set during the benefit concert: THIS HARD LAND, DEVIL'S ARCADE, THUNDER ROAD. Given that the event was part of the New York Comedy Festival, Springsteen preceded each song with a joke. After his set, he rolled onstage on his '91 Harley Davidson motorbike, which was auctioned off for $85,000 in benefit of the cause.
Stand Up For Heroes is an annual benefit organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation to raise money for injured U.S. servicemen, veterans, and their families. Robert "Bob" Warren Woodruff is an American television journalist. He was the newly appointed co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight when on 29 Jan 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces in Iraq, he was critically injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent 36 days in a medically induced coma. He was not expected to survive, but he recovered and started the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a non-profit helping other Americans who were similarly wounded in war.
Bruce Springsteen has been appearing on all the annual benefits since they started in 2007, playing a handful of songs each time and offering for auction one of his guitars or motorcycles to benefit the foundation.
Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.
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