"No Surrender" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Well, we bursted out of class
Had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three-minute record, baby
Than we ever learned in school
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes
And follow your dreams down

Well, we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter's night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender

Well, now young faces grow sad and old
And hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
Now I'm ready to grow young again
And hear your sister's voice calling us home
Across the open yards
Well maybe we'll cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars

'Cause we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Blood brothers in the stormy night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There's a war outside still raging
You say it ain't ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath
Peaceful skies in my lover's bed
With a wide open country in my eyes
And these romantic dreams in my head

Once we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Blood brothers in a stormy night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender
No retreat, baby, no surrender

Ohh ohh ohh
Ohh ohh ohh
Ohh ohh ohh
Ohh ohh ohh


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"No Surrender" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +5
    General Comment"We learned more from a three-minute record baby, than we ever learned in school"

    There's so much truth to that line right there.
    LurkerAbysson January 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhenever I hear this song, I am immediately transported to June 4, 1984. The day the album (Born in the USA) was released, WBCN in Boston played the album in its entirety. It was a warm summer's day as I and my (teenage) friends sat by the pool and listened. Talk about being blown away! And this song really touched me. Even more so now with a feeling of nostalgia of those days now long gone.
    "Well now young faces grow sad and old
    And hearts of fire grow cold.
    We swore blood brothers against the wind
    I'm ready to grow young again.
    And hear your sister's voice calling us home
    Across the open yards......"
    Beautiful, magical, memorable!
    rmcd0494on March 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is inspirational to me. I love it.
    allenegirlon May 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh my God I definitely ADORE this song. It keeps me going on in my blue times when I feel alone and impotent and useless....Then I put this on and singing with the Boss makes me become stronger and happier. I swear,it's healing!!!
    Sweet Janeon April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBruce Springsteen is a true American songwriter.
    He romanticises the American Dream unlike anyone else can.
    Arianrhodon May 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe version on the live cd is even better than the regular version.
    Deckerson September 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was John Kerry's campaign theme song for his failed 2004 presidential campaign.
    Blue387on February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalternate lyrics, from the Live 1975-1985 cds:

    Well, we busted out of class
    Had to get away from those fools
    We learned more from a three-minute record, baby,
    Than we ever learned in school
    Tonight I hear that neighborhood drummer sound
    I can feel my heart begin to pound
    You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes
    And follow your dream down

    Well, we made a promise, we swore we'd always remember
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Like soldiers on a winter's night with a vow to defend
    No retreat, baby, no surrender

    Well now young faces grow sad and old
    And hearts of fire grow cold
    We swore blood brothers against the wind
    Now I'm ready to grow young again
    And hear your sister's voice calling us home
    Across the open yards
    Believin’ we could cut some place of our own
    With these drums and these guitars

    ’Cause we made a promise, swore we’d always remember
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Blood brothers on a summer’s night with a vow to defend
    No retreat, baby, no surrender

    Now, out on the streets tonight, the lights are growing dim
    The walls of my room are closing in
    Now we can sleep in the twilight
    By the river bed
    With this wild open country in our hearts
    And those romantic dreams in my head

    ‘Cause we made a promise, we swore we’d always remember
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Blood brothers on a summer’s night with a vow to defend
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    No retreat, baby, no surrender.


    what a gorgeous song. my goodness. makes me wish my friends and i could stay like this forever. at the beginning of this live version, he says, "this one's for friendship." and that about sums it up.
    .powersuitinsnow.on May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs a freshman in college (Ex-Senior in HS) this might be the greatest school right now. This song speaks to me in so many ways. In one way I hear "forget school its useless" and at the same time I take it personally and think "forget the losers back home, go make something out yourself" and I can also think of me and my boys from back in Jersey gettin together and makin' it big somewhere. Wow, absolutely amazing song.
    marcy32on March 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike Bobby Jean, a tribute to Miami Steve Van Zandt and Bruce's dealing with his departure from the band.

    Great to have them back together again, but let's get a new album and tour together already.
    Pirtyfool22on May 10, 2007   Link

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