New Music Monday – My version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road”

Hell yeah…it’s New Music Monday! This week, in anticipation of The Boss’ Irish shows this week, this is my version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road”:

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Thunder Road

The screen door slams
Marys 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 Im here for
So you’re scared and you’re thinking
That maybe we aint that young anymore
Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night
You aint 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 savior to rise from these streets
Well now Im 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 nights 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
Heavens waiting on down the tracks

Oh-oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh-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 cars out back
If you’re ready to take that long walk
From your front porch to my front seat
The doors open but the ride it aint free
And I know you’re lonely
For words that I aint spoken
But tonight well be free
All the promises will 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
Its a town full of losers
And Im pulling out of here to win.

Words & music by Bruce Springsteen


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5 thoughts on “New Music Monday – My version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road”

  1. Thanks for sharing that, Derek. I own the big Bruce Box set, but hardly listen to it. I have just never been the biggest fan. I guess I just haven’t figured it out yet. On the other hand Born to Run and Rosalita are two of my favorite songs of all-time. It’s funny how that worked out. In any event, now that I’ve heard your take, I promise to give him another shot at grabbing my heart with his tunes.


  2. @James – the trick is that you have to see him live. I always liked him okay, until I finally saw a show about 10 years ago. During the concert you’ll suddenly say “ooooohhh… NOW I understand!” All of his songs were written to be heard live with at least 20,000 other people singing along. And everything you’ve heard is true.

    @Derek – great version and great vocal! I hope you are going to to check out the show!

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