"The Ties That Bind" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
You been hurt and you're all cried out you say
You walk down the street pushin' people outta your way
You packed your bags and all alone you want to ride
You don't want nothin', don't need no one by your side
You're walkin' tough baby, but you're walkin' blind
To the ties that bind

The ties that bind
Now you can't break the ties that bind

Cheap romance, it's all just a crutch
You don't want nothin' that anybody can touch
You're so afraid of being somebody's fool
Not walkin' tough baby, not walkin' cool
You walk cool, but darlin', can you walk the line
And face the ties that bind
The ties that bind
Now you can't break the ties that bind

I would rather feel the hurt inside, yes I would darlin'
Than know the emptiness your heart must hide
Yes I would, darlin', yes I would, darlin'
Yes I would, baby

Oh, you sit and wonder just who's gonna stop the rain
Who'll ease the sadness, who's gonna quiet your pain
It's a long dark highway and a thin white line
Connecting baby, your heart to mine
We're runnin' now but darlin' we will stand in time
To face the ties that bind
The ties that bind
Now you can't break the ties that bind
You can't forsake the ties that bind
Oh


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"The Ties That Bind" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentAccording to David Masciotra in Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen, this is "a song about love, human solidarity and communitarian possibilities that bind us all together if we embrace them, and which we reject at our own peril."
    guitar4799on August 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think there's a bit of a Johnny Cash influence here.

    Cash's song 'I Walk the Line' contains lyrics about "the ties that bind" and Bruce includes the line "can you walk the line?" in here.

    Maybe just a strange coincidence.
    Deathsdoor99on August 16, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is from the River album which has an underlining theme of marriage and becoming an adult with responsibility. ' but you're walkin' blind
    to the ties that bind' trying to run away from the commitment to each other later on
    We're runnin' now but darlin' we will stand in time
    To face the ties that bind
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind
    charhortonon July 11, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song was the second one played during the 1999 "Tracks" E Street reunion tour. Very appropriate as Bruce had to admit he could not "break the ties that bind" him to the E Streeters.
    Pirtyfool22on May 10, 2007   Link

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