Cautious Man Lyrics - Bruce Springsteen

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Bill Horton was a cautious man of the road
He walked lookin' over his shoulder and remained faithful to its code
When something caught his eye he'd measure his need
And then very carefully he'd proceed

Billy met a young girl in the early days of May
It was there in her arms he let his cautiousness slip away
In their lovers twilight as the evening sky grew dim
He'd lay back in her arms and laugh at what had happened to him

On his right hand Billy'd tattooed the word love and on his left hand was the word fear
And in which hand he held his fate was never clear
Come Indian summer he took his young lover for his bride
And with his own hands built her a great house down by the riverside

Now Billy was an honest man he wanted to do what was right
He worked hard to fill their lives with happy days and loving night
Alone on his knees in the darkness for steadiness he'd pray
For he knew in a restless heart the seed of betrayal lay

One night Billy awoke from a terrible dream callin' his wife's name
She lay breathing beside him in a peaceful sleep, a thousand miles away
He got dressed in the moonlight and down to the highway he strode
When he got there he didn't find nothing but road

Billy felt a coldness rise up inside him that he couldn't name
Just as the words tattooed 'cross his knuckles he knew would always remain
At their bedside he brushed the hair from his wife's face as the moon shone on her skin so white
Filling their room in the beauty of God's fallen light

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masterful | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/15/10

Sometimes a songwriter comes up with a turn of phrase that captures more than can be said in a novel. The subject of the song is ambivalent about love and commitment. The illusion of freedom is shattered by a dose of reality. "When he got there, he didn't find nothin but road." I could not think of a more eloquent way to put it if I spent years. Brilliant.

life narrated through music | Reviewer: Dana | 1/21/09

Springsteens' greatness can be found in the intimate narratives of his less popular songs that are often not his commercial hits. In "Cautious Man", Springsteen tells the story of man who has found love but remains tormented with doubt, hoping he can live with both.
The Album, Tunnel of Love (1987) is among his best and perhaps his most personal.

Shame........ | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/20/08

I can't believe that there isn't one single review for this hidden gem. It is truely one of the Boss's most intimate songs that tells a short story that leaves room for debate about its meaning. Do what ever you have to do to find this song and listen to it at least once. If you don't, you've been cheated by yourself.

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