When we fight and I wanna talk it out
You won't say nothing, nothing at all
You just sit there, you won't open that pretty mouth
I think you like keeping my back up against the wall
Wages of sin, you keep me paying
Wages of sin for wrongs that I've done
Wages of sin, you keep me paying
Wages of sin, one by one

I walk in the apartment, there's clothes thrown all over the place
You're crouched in the corner with makeup running down your face
I don't wanna believe what my heart keeps saying
You keep me on the line so you can keep me paying
Wages of sin, we keep paying
Wages of sin for the wrongs that we've done
Wages of sin, we keep paying
Wages of sin, that's how we have our fun

I remember when I was a little boy out where the cottonwoods grow tall
Trying to make it home through the forest before the darkness falls
Baby all the sounds I heard, even if they weren't real
I was running down that broken path with the devil snapping at my heels
I tried so hard, so hard in every way
Swore someday I'd grow up, just throw it all away
Cried all the tears, baby, that I could cry
Stomached all my fears 'til they came rushin' up inside
darlin' I'm losin' and it's a mean game
Still I play on just the same
Wages of sin, I keep paying
Wages of sin for some wrong that I've done
Wages of sin, well I keep paying
Wages of sin, one by one



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    General Comment:this song is amazing...i'm not sure what else to compare it to in bruce's massive catalogue of songs. it doesn't feel much like anything else he's ever done. right off the bat, the odd, almost dissonant unresolved guitar chords are out of character, and the whole song has this almost dreamlike quality to it. the recording date puts it at about the time of the electric "nebraska" album that we may never get to hear, but if there are more songs like this in the vaults i hope bruce decides to release it someday.
    bonepaperon June 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Has anyone ever heard Damien Jurado's version of this song? It's just as good. And while we are on the subject, any fans of the more sparse Springsteen would love Damien Jurado. Well worth a listen!
    Kalteron May 26, 2009   Link

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