THUNDER ROAD

Kevin Rowland's cover version


The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the floor 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
I just can't face myself alone
Don't run back inside, darling you know just what I'm here for
'Cause you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we're not so young anymore
Have a lick of faith, there's magic in the night
This is your beauty and hey, you're all right
Oh and that's all right with me, yes

You can hide 'neath your covers and cuddle 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 not perfect, that's understood
I'll tell you something and you I wanna see you good
With a chance to make it real somehow
What else can we do now
Except roll down the windows and let the wind blow back your hair
Well your lives busting open, your beauty can take us anywhere
We've got one last chance to make this real
To trade in these wings on what's real
Come on, you are so beautiful oh-oh

Oh-oh come take my hand
We're going out tonight to case up the promised land
Oh-oh-oh thunder road, oh thunder road, oh thunder road
Laying out there there's a killer in the sun
Hey I know it's late but we'll make it if we run
Oh-oh-oh thunder road, sit tight, tonight, thunder road

Well I've got this guitar and I've learned how to make it sin
And my car's out back if you're ready to take this long walk
From your front porch to my front seat
The door's open but the ride's not cheap
Hell I know you're lonely for words I'm not spoken
Tonight we'll be free, all promises be broken
There were ghosts in the eyes of all the put-downs that you deceived
They haunt you still in the night but now is the time to let them roll away yes
They scream your name at night in the streets
Congratulations boy, the world's at your feet
You've always been alone
Now is the time to let that all go
'Cause I'm here, honey I'm here, so come over here
It's a town full of winners, we're getting out of here to win
Check!


Info

The above lyrics are for Kevin Rowland's cover of THUNDER ROAD, which features significant lyrics variations to Springsteen's original. The song was planned for released on Rowland's 1999 album My Beauty but it was pulled from the album cut at the last minute due to Springsteen not approving to the lyrical re-writes done by Rowland which changed the meaning of the song. However, promotional copies of the album that were distributed to the press and to radio stations prior to the official album release date did include THUNDER ROAD.

My Beauty is a collection of interpretations of classic songs, although Rowland rewrote several of the lyrics to reflect his battles against substance abuse. The album is infamous for its font cover, which shows Rowland in drag and heavy makeup. The album was released on Creation Records and received mixed reviews upon its release.

Kevin Rowland -- My Beauty
Kevin Rowland -- My Beauty

CD - Creation (CRECD 216P) - UK, 1999

This promo issue exclusively contains Kevin Rowland's cover version of THUNDER ROAD.

Credits

Thanks Timmy Peterson (Terry at Greasy Lake) for this version's lyrics.

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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