"I'll Work For Your Love" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Pour me a drink Theresa in one of those glasses you dust off
And I'll watch the bones in your back like the stations of the cross
'Round your hair the sun lifts a halo, at your lips a crown of thorns
Whatever the deal's going down, to this one I'm sworn

[Chorus]
I'll work for your love dear
I'll work for your love
What others may want for free
I'll work for your love

The dust of civilizations and love's sweet remains
Slip off of your fingers and come drifting down like rain
The pages of Revelation lie open in your empty eyes of blue
I watch you slip that comb through your hair and this I promise you

[Chorus]

Well tears they fill the rosary, at your feet my temple of bones
Here in this perdition we go on and on
Now I see your pieces crumbled and our book of faith's been tossed
And I'm just down here searching for my own piece of the cross
In the late afternoon sun fills the room with a mist in the garden before the fall
I watch your hands smooth the front of your blouse and seven drops of blood fall

[Chorus: x 2]


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    General CommentThis might be the catchiest song Springsteen has ever written. My God, that melody....

    I wish I could contribute some insight about the lyrics, but I'm a little lost. Obviously there's a comparison being drawn between love and salvation, but I'm not clear on the specific imagery, especially the part about "seven drops of blood."

    Anybody?
    z4ckm0rrison October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe this song is a song to Mother Theresa. I think it's a beautiful song. I like the verse

    "Now our city of peace has been crumbled, our book of faith's been tossed. And I'm just out here searchin' for my own piece of the cross."
    gabederoseon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe this song is a song to Mother Theresa. I think it's a beautiful song. I like the verse

    "Now our city of peace has been crumbled, our book of faith's been tossed. And I'm just out here searchin' for my own piece of the cross."
    gabederoseon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlong with the theme of Magic, I take this song as social commentary. Theresa is a metaphor for Liberty.
    mikromgron October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the 7 drops of blood may signify the injury to Liberty in the last 7 years.
    mikromgron October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeven drops of blood refers to the seven occasions on which Jesus bled. The whole song has religious metaphors to it, the cross, crown of thorns, halos, temple of bones, revelations, book of faith. Unlike almost all the rest of the songs on Magic I feel this one may just be a love song, without broad reaching social meaning behind it.
    ScubaDooon December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song could be a simple love song, but I think it really is spiritual.

    I'd have to believe that the love Bruce is referring to is the love of god (Theresa playing the part of god), stating that he will work for it- something that, specifically in America, Christians have forgotten about. They want god's love for free and are not willing to work for it.

    Pour me a drink Theresa
    in one of those glasses you dust off
    And I'll watch the bones in your back
    like the stations of the cross

    Theresa (god) is working for our love, in the song as a waitress. He's watchig the bones in her back like the stations of the cross- she has worked her body to the core for our love just like jesus.

    I could go into more detail but does anyone else interpret it like I am?
    salfusaroon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPlenty of possible origins for the image of the seven drops of blood.

    In religious art the emblem of St. Catherine of Siena, an exposed heart with seven drops of blood symbolizing the Seven Virtues.

    Scubadoo refers above to the seven occasions on which Jesus bled.

    But I think there is also something in Jewish scripture relating to the Feast of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement - something about seven drops of blood falling onto the throne of judgement.

    However both blood and the number seven seem to have mystical significance in just about all religions and cults and if you simply google the phrase in quotation marks you'll find everything from horror films to medieval recipes for curing epilepsy.

    And that is supposedly what afflicted the young man possessed by devils cured by Jesus. Go figure.
    newshawkon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Boss introduced it as a love song during his European tour. I like the interpretations on here but I think it is a very beautiful love song about an elderly couple.
    gm10on August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCould this song be about an illicit affair that the character is having a married Theresa, maybe its her ring that slips off her finger, and all of the religious imagery present symbolizes the immorality of the actions despite their mutual love.
    MySweetContessaon December 15, 2008   Link

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