"Devils & Dust" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
I got my finger on the trigger
But I don't know who to trust
When I look into your eyes
There's just devils and dust
We're a long, long way from home, Bobbie
Home's a long, long way from us
I feel a dirty wind blowing
Devils and dust

I got God on my side
I'm just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a powerful thing
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust

Well I dreamed of you last night
In a field of blood and stone
The blood began to dry
The smell began to rise
Well I dreamed of you last night
In a field of mud and bone
Your blood began to dry
The smell began to rise

We've got God on our side
We're just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a powerful thing
It'll turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust

Now every woman and every man
They want to take a righteous stand
Find the love that God wills
And the faith that He commands
I've got my finger on the trigger
And tonight faith just ain't enough
When I look inside my heart
There's just devils and dust

I've got God on my side
And I'm just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a dangerous thing
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust


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"Devils & Dust" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentTo me i think the songs about trying to convice yourself out of suicide

    He is litteraly this close to killing him self and is just reflecting on his past and what has got him to his low point in his life

    The begenning of the song when he says

    i look into your eye's theres just devils and dust

    To me i think that one line is about how when he sees his own reflection in someone elses lies all he's is what a horrible person hes become.
    ajslikes2argueon May 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI especially like the video for this song, he is performing in this giant hall with no one there, it's like the video is reaching out to you as an individual. I like that he is warning against fear.
    The question about what you do, killing the things you love, well that is a bit of a downer for a rock song this song seems like I could think for weeks and not quite get what he was saying.
    xinniefulon April 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGot my finger on the trigger
    But I don't know who to trust
    I look into your eyes
    There's just devils and dust

    In wake of current events, and Bruce's support of the anti-war movement in the United States, it's clear from the beginning of this song that it is about war. I take the first line 'Got my finger on the trigger' to be a reference to the inclination of the deployment and use of war, and the second line 'Don't know who to trust' to be a reference to the popular saying that came out of the vietnam era, "Don't trust anyone over 30". More specifically the 3rd and 4th lines reveal this song to be about the Iraq War. when I analyze the title of the song 'Devils and dust', and the repeated reference to devils and dust throughout the song, the word devils is symbolic of man's inhumanity to man, or of the injustice of war; and dust is symbolic of Iraq. Thus, in line's 3 and 4 and througout the song, everytime he looks at himself, and his countrymen, or soldiers, in the eyes, or the heart, he sees Devils and Dust (war and Iraq). And where we once had good intentions in Iraq or God filled soul intentions, They are now filled with Devils and Dust (war and Iraq).
    websurrfrron May 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGot my finger on the trigger
    But I don't know who to trust
    I look into your eyes
    There's just devils and dust

    I've got my finger on the trigger
    And tonight faith just ain't enough
    When I look inside my heart
    There's just devils and dust

    If you take these two stanzas (1 from the beginning and 1 from the end) you can see how Bruce brings the song all together through the means of self-reflection. The song is obviously about war and the affect it has on human emotion. In the first stanza here Bruce is looking outward at others and he seems the evil and deception of Man. In the second stanza here Bruce looks inside himself and realizes that he IS what he sees. War, murder (devils and dust). He has become everything he hated by participating in this war.

    As chilling of a realization this is, the most moving part of the song is in this stanza:

    I got God on my side
    And I'm just trying to survive
    What if what you do to survive kills the things you love
    Fears a dangerous thing
    It'll turn your heart black you can trust
    It'll take your God filled soul
    Fill it with devils and dust

    Bruce refers to God throughout the whole song putting much weight on the spirituality and importance of faith in Man. In this stanza Bruce comes emphasizes the horrible realization that life forces upon us. “What if what you do to survive kills the things you love” is the most important part of the song. Picture holding a man at gunpoint, someone you don’t even know. You love mankind and everything about it. And know you look at yourself and you are about to kill the thing you love in order to stay alive. The man represents mankind The rest of the stanza basically says that these actions have turned you into a hypocritical, dark, evil, person in which there is no escape, unless you are willing to die. Pretty powerful stuff and I’m sure things like this happens in the chaos of war.
    gjack2211on June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn light of the war them of this song, the "Got God on my side" line is interesting. The worst, bloodiest wars are holy wars, and many people in these wars as well as other wars believe that God is on their side. The insurgents certainly believe they are on a jihad mission, and the U.S. is front-and-center involved in it. So Bruce is saying in this song that he does believe in God and the human race, but if he's not careful he could turn his belief in God into destruction against his fellow man. The main stanza of the song sums up the last idea:

    I got God on my side
    We're just trying to survive
    What if what you do to survive kills the things you love
    Fears a powerful thing
    It'll turn your heart black you can trust
    It'll take your God filled soul
    Fill it with devils and dust

    It makes you think, and also shows that the devil, or hate, fear and destruction, is not too far from a belief in God. The devil makes himself in the appear like God and his deeds, they say.
    stoolhardyon June 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat is, the devil makes himself appear like God and his deeds, they say. It would be nice if we could edit our posts shortly after posting them.
    stoolhardyon June 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone think that this song has anything to do with the dark tower series by stephen king
    allabout_theblueson February 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno, and i think he's trying to be like bob dylan and it's not working
    joe2000on March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti got a question, who is this bobby guy he sings about? he's mentioned him in a couple of songs (like glory days) any ideas?? i love bruce!!!
    gfunkon June 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnever heard bruce but im downloading his albums
    beyondimaginationon June 06, 2006   Link

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