We played king of the mountain out on the end
The world come chargin' up the hill, and we were women and men
Now there's so much that time, time and memory fade away
We got our own roads to ride and chances we gotta take
We stood side by side each one fightin' for the other
We said until we died we'd always be blood brothers

Now the hardness of this world slowly grinds your dreams away
Makin' a fool's joke out of the promises we make
And what once seemed black and white turns to so many shades of gray
We lose ourselves in work to do and bills to pay
And it's a ride, ride, ride, and there ain't much cover
With no one runnin' by your side my blood brother

On through the houses of the dead past those fallen in their tracks
Always movin' ahead and never lookin' back
Now I don't know how I feel, I don't know how I feel tonight
If I've fallen 'neath the wheel, if I've lost or I've gained sight
I don't even know why, I don't know why I made this call
Or if any of this matters anymore after all

But the stars are burnin' bright like some mystery uncovered
I'll keep movin' through the dark with you in my heart
My blood brother


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    General CommentI am shocked and appalled that no-one has commented on this song. For me it's one of Springsteens best. I think it is plainly obvious that this song is about old friends.

    I hold this song very personally. I have a very strong group of friends who I grew up with, we went through puberty together discovered beer and women together, good times/bad times and great times. In recent years we have drifted apart somewhat "we got our own roads to ride, and chances we gotta take". Every so often I call up one of these guys and we talk about old times, and I wonder if we will have the same relationship as we used to or if we will be strangers, I think this is reflected in the lyric "I don't even know whay, I don't know why I made this call, or if any of this matters any more after all".

    I know that I am the person I am because of the freinds I had when I was younger and ..."I'll keep moving through the dark, with you in my heart, my blood brother"

    A fantastic poem to old freinds.
    PaddyMcGetton January 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpaddy is 100% correct, but you left out a BIG detail. the song refers to Bruce and Miami Steve, and their old friendship.
    blondxgurlyon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor me its about gorwing up. How the daily grind erodes and chips away at you, but deep inside that little core of belief, dream, hope, lives on. Just as the people who you have forged, and rekindled, those dreams with, live on inside you, even if you are impossibly far apart. Its heartbreaking and beautiful.
    minamayon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat it is saying is that whatever happens, including death, he will always have a place in his heart for him. they will always be "Blood Brothers"
    afromanon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIread something off the Springsteen website a while back that explained the opening with Blood Brothers the concert after the death of Dan Federici. It went something like this. The stage was set up as Dan was going to appear, the arena went black, The band came out and started playing blood brothers,while pictures of Dan were being showed on the screen. the whole song there was a spotlite on dans spot and stuff. The band cried while bruce and the band tried to get every note out. at the end of the song Bruce let out a scream of pain as he spotlight went out.


    I wish I was there!
    afromanon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw the second concert the band did (April 25, 2008 in Atlanta) after Danny's death. Here is how it went: The lights went out, and Danny's face appeared on huge screens above the stage. Blood Brothers began to play on the PA (not live). A single spotlight was on Danny's keyboard. In the dark, you could just barely see the band taking the stage, and they stood and watched the video as it played scenes from Danny's life and years with the band. The entire song played through, and then as it ended, the stage lights came on, and Bruce launched into "Reason to Believe" on the harmonica, flailing around the stage like a madman. From there it was Radio Nowhere and on into the show. What a great night. I'll never hear Blood Brothers the same way again, and the song is even better for me now. By the way, there is video of this on YouTube, if you search for "Springsteen Danny tribute" or something like that.
    gkaiseron July 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of the most beautiful, and saddest, songs ever written.
    aldo1980on April 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is definitely about old friends, but in particular for Bruce; The E Street Band. Bruce's departure from the E Street Band in the late 80's led to the song being written. Before the album Greatest Hits was recorded in 1995, Bruce wrote Blood Brothers about being reunited with all of his friends that he hadn't worked with for a few years. It is very apparent when the lyrics are dissected and interpreted.
    ddlikens12on September 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIncredible and powerful lyrics. Brings a tear to my eye when I hear it and remenis the good old days with my best friends
    Jamporto11on February 07, 2016   Link

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