"Working On The Highway" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Friday night's pay night, guys fresh out of work
Talking about the weekend, scrubbing off the dirt
Some heading home to their families, some looking to get hurt
Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts

I work for the county out on ninety five
All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
Someday, mister, I'm gonna lead a better life than this

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

I met her at a dance down at the union hall
She was standing with her brothers, back up against the wall
Sometimes we'd go walking down the Union tracks
One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back
So I'm

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway, woo

I saved up my money and I put it all away
I went to see her daddy but we didn't have much to say
"Son, can't you see that she's just a little girl
She don't know nothing about this cruel, cruel world"

We lit out down to Florida, we got along all right
One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black-and-white
The prosecutor kept the promise that he made on that day
And the judge got mad and he put me straight away
I wake up every morning to the work bell clang
Me and the warden go swinging on the Charlotte County road gang
I'm

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway, ooo ooo ooo


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"Working on the Highway" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is officially the happiest, most upbeat song about statutory rape ever.
    flea61on April 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    QuestionWhat is Stovell?
    redly40on May 10, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about a guy who falls in love with a girl and is put into jail and now he workds on a chain gang making highways
    hari66on December 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe unleased enbraska version is waaaay better.
    ***on January 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe ultimate working man song from the Boss. Here is a guy who works his ass off all day on the highway. He (like most of us) is dreaming about a better life, meeting the right girl and settling down. And then when he finally meets the right girl, her father does not approve (methinks she may not be of the age of consent, maybe 17?) So they take off for Florida for a new life together, but they get found and he gets put away. And then in the ironic ending, he finds himself back working on the highway, but on a chain gang. Great fun song!
    rmcd0494on March 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol Can't believe this song was missed.

    I like it. Obviously about a young guy that works hard to make a living and recently found love.
    Something706on July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentunreleased Nebraska

    ya know what I mean
    ***on January 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks.
    maggotbrainon June 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't sit still during this one!
    lonely4loveon November 13, 2016   Link

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