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Track

Thunder Road

Label
Columbia
Release Date
25 August 1975
Lyrics
The screen door slams
Mary's dress sways
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 all right
Oh and that's all right 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, 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 come take my hand
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh Thunder Road, 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 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 a town full of losers
And I'm pulling out of here to win.

Appears On

Born to Run
8 Songs 1975
Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Edition
8 Songs 2005
Live 1975–85
40 Songs 1986
In Concert – MTV Plugged
13 Songs 1993
In Concert – MTV Plugged Film
19 Songs 1992
Greatest Hits (1995)
18 Songs 1995
Live in New York City (DVD)
27 Songs 2001
The Essential Bruce Springsteen
42 Songs 2003
Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75
16 Songs 2006
Live in Barcelona
24 Songs 2003
VH-1 Storytellers
8 Songs 2005
Greatest Hits (2009)
12 Songs 2009
MusiCares Person Of The Year: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
21 Songs 2014
Springsteen on Broadway
30 Songs 2018
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
26 Songs 2021
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
26 Songs 2021
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