Hey there mister can you tell me
What happened to the seeds I've sown
Can you give me a reason, sir, as to why they've never grown
They've just blown around from town to town
Back out on these fields
Where they fall from my hand
Back into the dirt of this hard land

Well me and my sister
From Germantown we did ride
We made our bed, sir
From the rock on the mountainside
We been blowin' around from town to town
Lookin' for a place to stand
Where the sun burst through the clouds and fall like a circle
A circle of fire down on this hard land

Now even the rain it don't come 'round
Don't come 'round here no more
And the only sound at night's the wind
Slammin' the back porch door
Yeah it stirs you up like it wants to blow you down
Twistin' and churnin' up the sand
Leavin' all them scarecrows lyin' facedown
In the dirt of this hard land

From a building up on the hill
I can hear a tape deck blastin' "Home on the Range"
I can hear them Bar-M choppers
Sweepin' low across the plains
It's me and you, Frank, we're lookin' for lost cattle
Our hooves twistin' and churnin' up the sand
We're ridin' in the whirlwind searchin' for lost treasure
Way down south of the Rio Grande
We're ridin' 'cross that river in the moonlight
Up onto the banks of this hard land

Hey, Frank, won't you pack your bags
And meet me tonight down at Liberty Hall
Just one kiss from you, my brother
And we'll ride until we fall
Well sleep in the fields
We'll sleep by the rivers
And in the morning we'll make a plan
Well if you can't make it stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive if you can
And meet me in a dream of this hard land



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    General CommentThis song is really about the connection to family, community, and country. Anybody know about some of the references. anyboyd know which Germantown is her referring to? There's on in Philly, one in MD near DC. Also, where's liberty hall? Also, I think the "sister" is not a relative, but in fact a black girlfriend. Just a thought. The Philadelphia Germantown is mostly black neighborhood.
    javiehmanon April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think he is referring to Germantown in Philly. Liberty hall is in Texas. It was a concert venue, where Bruce played in 1974. Check out ruf.rice.edu/~tannahil/…
    for more info on it.
    I really like this song, it has a dual feel to it - somehow it belongs to this time and to an earlier one. I suppose it has a folk song element to it. My favourite verses are the last two.
    minamayon April 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a Springsteen song with a lot of allusions to real hope, family, friends, and dreams. Reminds me a little of "No Surrender" in that despite all the hardship that there is saving grace in true friendship.
    friscoon July 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Springsteen, hands down. No idea why
    guns135on June 09, 2009   Link

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