THUNDER ROAD

Cowboy Junkies' cover version


The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison is singing for the lonely
Hey that's me and I want you only
Don't turn me home again
I just can't face myself alone again
Don't 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
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
Yeah and that's alright with me

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 now I'm no hero, that's understood
All the redemption I can offer, is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now
Except roll down the windows and let the wind blow back your hair
Well the night's bustin' open and these two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back, heaven's waiting on down the tracks

And oh oh come take my hand
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road, oh oh oh oh Thunder Road

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 streets
Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
And in the lonely cool before the dawn
You hear their engines roaring on
But when you get to the porch they're gone on the wind, so Mary climb in
It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win


Info

The above lyrics are for the Cowboy Junkies' cover of Springsteen's THUNDER ROAD. It was first released on a bonus disc of covers that accompanied their 2004 studio album One Soul Now.

Official Releases

The Cowboy Junkies cover of THUNDER ROAD was released on the 'Neath Your Covers, Part 1 EP in 2004 in addition to a few other releases.

Cowboy Junkies -- 'Neath Your Covers, Part 1
Cowboy Junkies -- 'Neath Your Covers, Part 1

CD EP - Zoƫ Records (01143-2005-2) - USA, 2004

This is a free 5-track EP given away with the purchase of Cowboy Junkies' One Soul Now album.
Cowboy Junkies -- One Soul Now
Cowboy Junkies -- One Soul Now

2-CD - Latent/MapleMusic (MRCD 6426) - Canada, 2004

A two-disc version that includes the 'Neath Your Covers, Part 1 EP.
Cowboy Junkies -- One Soul Now
Cowboy Junkies -- One Soul Now

2-CD - Cooking Vinyl (COOKCD296) - UK, 2004

Two versions of the album were released in the UK: a single disc version, and a two-disc version that includes the 'Neath Your Covers, Part 1 EP.
Cowboy Junkies -- The Stars Of Our Stars
Cowboy Junkies -- The Stars Of Our Stars

CD EP - Cooking Vinyl (FRYCD 193-CDR) - UK, 2004

This is a promo 3-track EP.
Various artists -- New Noises Vol. 66
Various artists -- New Noises Vol. 66

CD - Rolling Stone (no catalog number) - Germany, 2004

This is a free CD issued exclusively with the August 2004 issue of Rolling Stone magazine Germany. THUNDER ROAD is performed by Cowboy Junkies.
Cowboy Junkies -- 'Neath Your Covers, Part 2
Cowboy Junkies -- 'Neath Your Covers, Part 2

Digital album - Latent (no catalog number) - Canada, 2007

This is a download-only digital compilation album.

Cowboy Junkies and Springsteen

Cowboy Junkies is a Canadian country music and alternative rock band, formed by three siblings from the Timmins entertainment family: Margo Timmins on vocals, Michael Timmins on guitars, Peter Timmins on drums, and Alan Anton on bass.

Margo Timmins told Backstreets magazine that "all of us are huge Springsteen fans. I've always loved that song [Thunder Road]; It's one of the most beautiful songs ever written." She adds that to her, "'Thunder Road' is a real woman's song. It speaks of aging and losing certain dreams that you might have as a young woman that I don't think young men have. It's just a song I always wanted to sing from my perspective, a woman's perspective." Timmins said the group actually tried to record it several years ago but wasn't satisfied with the results. "I don't think I had the skill to do what I wanted to do with it," she says. "I knew how I wanted to do it but just didn't have the talent yet. So we waited and brought it back. I'm very happy with this take on it; it has a nice balance between the sadness and the beauty I think is part of that song."

In addition to THUNDER ROAD, the group had also released covers of Springsteen's STATE TROOPER and MY FATHER'S HOUSE, and the three songs have been part of the group's live repertoire.

Credits

Thanks Lars (L.B. at Greasy Lake) for this version's lyrics.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans for or info about any official release containing the Cowboy Junkies' cover of THUNDER ROAD that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases:

  • Cowboy Junkies -- The Stars Of Our Stars || CD5 EP - Cooking Vinyl (FRYCD 193-CDR) - UK, 2004

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Available Versions

List of available versions of THUNDER ROAD on this website:

THUNDER ROAD [Album version]
THUNDER ROAD [Early draft]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #1]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #2]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #3]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #4]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 20 Jul 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 18 Oct 1975 (early show) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 31 Dec 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 13 May 1977 (early show) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 13 Sep 1977 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Sep 1979 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 03 Oct 1980 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 03 Jul 1981 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 08 Jun 1984 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Nov 1984 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 27 Jul 1988 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 02 Sep 1988 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 28 Sep 1992 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 24 Jun 1993 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 15 Feb 1995 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 21 Feb 1995 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 05 Apr 1995 (Sony Music Studios) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 09 Jul 1995 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 05 May 1997 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 May 1997 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 27 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Oct 2001 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 29 Aug 2002 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Oct 2002 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Feb 2003 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 29 Apr 2003 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Jun 2003 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 01 Nov 2004 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Apr 2005 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 12 Oct 2005 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 Nov 2007 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 09 Nov 2007 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 14 Mar 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 May 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 18 Jun 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 23 Aug 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Oct 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 16 Oct 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 30 May 2009 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 17 Nov 2009 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Nov 2010 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 15 Jan 2011 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 03 Nov 2011 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Nov 2011 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 14 Jan 2012 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 09 Mar 2012 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 06 Apr 2012 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 Nov 2016 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Greg Kihn's cover version]
THUNDER ROAD [Badly Drawn Boy's cover version]
THUNDER ROAD [Cowboy Junkies' cover version]
THUNDER ROAD [Kevin Rowland's cover version]

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