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Bruce Springsteen — Reason to Believe
Album: Nebraska
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Released: 1982
Length: 4:03
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Seen a man standin' over a dead dog lyin' by the highway in a ditch
He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick
Got his car door flung open he's standin' out on highway 31
Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
Struck me kinda funny seem kinda funny sir to me
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
She said "Baby I'll work for you every day and bring my money home to you"
One day he up and left her and ever since that
She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
Struck me kinda funny seemed kind of funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Take a baby to the river Kyle William they called him
Wash the baby in the water take away little Kyle's sin
In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away take his body to the graveyard and over him they pray Lord won't you tell us
Tell us what does it mean
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Congregation gathers down by the riverside
Preacher stands with his Bible groom stands waitin' for his bride
Congregation gone and the sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree
Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on so effortlessly
Wonderin' where can his baby be still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
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Seen a man standin' over a dead pig lyin' by the highway in a ditch
He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that pig with a stick
Not a car in sight, he's just standin' there alone out on highway 95
Like if he stood there long enough that pig'd get up and run
Struck me kinda funny seem kinda funny sir to me
Until the traffic stopped and I rear-ended the pickup in front of me
They didn't have any damage and offered me a ride to Florida
I told them the next exit will do to get a tow truck
Cop showed up and gave me a ride back to the car to wait
Couldn't give me a ticket for leaving the accident because I left with the other half.
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

- True story
Sounds like The Stones:

"Sweet Black Angel" circa  1972.
 shockwavewriter wrote:
I love Bruce, his music, and his message.  But this album is really something extraordinary.
 
Hear hear! Nebraska is arguably his best album. And that's saying a lot!
 love this
mattenuttall wrote:
I'm 16 years old, it's 1982. I'm working the midnight shift at Shell Gas in North Vancouver. The quirky guy on shift before me leaves a tape in the grubby player. Tells me I'm welcome to listen. I press play and hear the Nebraska album all in one go. Just me and the urban nightscape.... I felt like I'd been hit by a ghost by the time I'd listened to both sides. I give this song a 10 when it's played in the context of the entire album.
 

 mattenuttall wrote:
I'm 16 years old, it's 1982. I'm working the midnight shift at Shell Gas in North Vancouver. The quirky guy on shift before me leaves a tape in the grubby player. Tells me I'm welcome to listen. I press play and hear the Nebraska album all in one go. Just me and the urban nightscape.... I felt like I'd been hit by a ghost by the time I'd listened to both sides. I give this song a 10 when it's played in the context of the entire album.
 
Nice.  {#Cheers}
I love Bruce, his music, and his message.  But this album is really something extraordinary.
I'm 16 years old, it's 1982. I'm working the midnight shift at Shell Gas in North Vancouver. The quirky guy on shift before me leaves a tape in the grubby player. Tells me I'm welcome to listen. I press play and hear the Nebraska album all in one go. Just me and the urban nightscape.... I felt like I'd been hit by a ghost by the time I'd listened to both sides. I give this song a 10 when it's played in the context of the entire album.
I think I'm partial to the Aimee Mann Jim White version of this song
Loves me some Springsteen, but all I hear is a rip-off of Joe South's Games People Play.
 phlattop wrote:
yeah, because people from New Jersey aren't allowed to give a damn about the rest of the country. Got it:  you don't care for Springsteen.
 
Thank you. So tired of his tedious drivel ("I must be cool if I criticize this").
 thewiseking wrote:
Here we go again, suburban Jersey guy doing his "hard times/country boy" shtick
 
yeah, because people from New Jersey aren't allowed to give a damn about the rest of the country. Got it:  you don't care for Springsteen.
Here we go again, suburban Jersey guy doing his "hard times/country boy" shtick
 ScottN wrote:
PSD from the BoDeans got me to this gem.  Thanks for that feature, RP 2.0.

 
You love this but can't stand the BoDeans? Yea that makes sense.
PSD from the BoDeans got me to this gem.  Thanks for that feature, RP 2.0.

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redeyespy wrote:
Springsteen's finest hour. Every cut from this album belongs on RP.
i couldn't agree more!
Springsteen's finest hour. Every cut from this album belongs on RP.
this song is so damn good.
JrzyTmata wrote:
I uploaded it after your suggestion about Open All Night. Still waiting to hear about that one.
Thanks muchly! :mrgreen:
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Thanks, uploader. An RP oversight is now corrected.
I uploaded it after your suggestion about Open All Night. Still waiting to hear about that one.
Thanks, uploader. An RP oversight is now corrected.