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Bruce Springsteen Thunder Road Lyrics

Last updated: 01/22/2014 12:11:03 PM

The screen door slams
Mary' dress waves
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
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
Oh 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 saviour to rise from these streets
Well now 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
Hey what else can we do now ?
Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow
Back your hair
Well the night's busting open
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
Oh-oh come take my hand
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh-oh Thunder Road oh Thunder Road
Lying out there like a killer in the sun
Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run
Oh Thunder Road sit tight take hold
Thunder Road

Well I got this guitar
And I learned how to make it talk
And 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
And I know you're lonely
For words that I ain't spoken
But tonight we'll be free
All the promises'll 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
And in the lonely cool before 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 town full of losers
And I'm pulling out of here to win

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I wanted Mary | Reviewer: Clyde Coronado | 1/22/14

...but I didn't have a chance to be with her for more than 30 years later. Married, content but not caring. Mary came back into my life. I sing this song for her when I play, but mostly when sitting on her front porch (when HER loser husband is out running around, drinking and never leaving his hometown)

Mary's dress sways... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/13

Mary's dress sways, it doesn't wave. "Sways" rhymes with "radio plays." Common mistake. Fantastic song.

I don't agree with Driza - he's not extorting sex; that would kill the emotion of the song.

Mary, the ride it ain't free because you're giving up everything to run off with me to find something better. It's a risk, Mary. It's getting late, but we can make it if we run... if we don't get out now, we never will.

What's it gonna be? Yes? or No? | Reviewer: Driza | 7/4/13

So, Bruce has been chasing Mary now for sometime. She keeps batting him off, in a "paradise by the dashboard light" type scenario- she wants to, but doesn't want to be another cheap shag as she has been so many bitter times before. Bruce is on it, he ain't gonna take no for an answer this time.He is so up for it he spells it out. If you come with me, this IS gonna happen, so you decide. (what's it gonna be Mary, yes or no?)And you know what? we never get to find out........

Exhausted | Reviewer: Alan | 10/15/12

Bruce musta collapsed for a WEEK after writing this. It fuckin makes me ball like a little girl every time I hear it. I aspire to this level of composition only to fail like a Salieri to Spreingsteen's Mozart. Here kids, go fishin:

From your front porch to my front seat . . . | Reviewer: Michael Faughnan | 1/6/12

To me this song is about finally coming to terms about the girl you love and wanting to enjoy the beauty of life with her. For him, he realizes the thought of this perfect, beautiful woman he's been searching for isn't really out there for him. The girl for him is Mary and its time to go get her. "You ain't a beauty, but hey you're already. Oh and that's alright with me" Mary also has a vision of prince charming who doesn't exist either. "Waste your summer praying in vain For a saviour to rise from these streets
Well now 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 " He's saying we're not perfect and we're starting to get old but we can still make a great life together. "I know its late but we can make it we run" He asking her to commit to him and he knows great relationships do not come with work. "From your front porch to my front seat The doors open but ride it ain't free" Eight years ago at the age of 39 and after spending 20 years chasing a lot of "beauties" I asked my wife to marry me with the line of "From your front porch to my front seat . . ." It was best decision I ever made and we still "roll down the windows and let the wind blow back our hair" God Bless you Bruce Springsteen from making the greatest song I've ever heard!

Greatest of all time! | Reviewer: MonkanStonkan | 8/21/09

The road down Lifelane in your pre-twenty's or somwhere around. That's what I feel and that's how I choose to listen to Mr. Springsteen's music. As you all say (or as I interpret your comments) he's the greatest all time songwriter and performer through all times.

If you're depressed, don't stay and cry, DO SOMETHING | Reviewer: pablo gd | 7/25/08

What can I say? This song is incredible, and probably the poet who composed it is the best composer in the world. As I don't know much about this, I suppose the things that matter for a good lyric are what he says and how he says it. This song has many stories in one, but in my opinion the most important thing that he teaches us is not to ask too much to our lives if we don't try our bests to improve our current situations. I mean, Mary has a little depression, because although she's had many lovers, she asks too much to them. Bruce knows it's not easy to suddenly lower your sentimental needs and change when you have been always doing the opposite thing, but he'll help her because he still loves her (the door's open but the ride ain't free). (Maybe all that I understand in this song is false; if so, please tell me)
The way he poetically explains the things is also excellent, using metaphors like "Roy Orbison singing for the lonely" to graphically describe situations.

most amazing singer/songwriter | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/29/07

bruce springsteen always puts such emotion, mystery, and love into his songs, and he shows it. even in concert, he is so passionate about his music. he is my all-time favorite singer, and it is impossible to not like him. BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE!

Pure quality | Reviewer: Paul | 5/19/07

A song that is so good, it makes the hairs stand up on your neck.

11/22/06 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/22/06

Bruce at his best. Mary is the girl he has fancied many years, but when she was younger and more beautiful she had the pick of all the guys so had no time for him. Now Bruce decides to call the shots, he still aint got much to offer when the reality of life has hit Mary, she might see him in a different light. A classic.

gorgeous | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/21/06

angst (of any age... teenaged, middle aged, your pick) meets music that's actually good. wow. springsteen is amazing. how can you not love a song with such imagery and emotion and music rolled into one?