"Meet Me by the River's Edge" as written by and Brian Fallon....
See, I've been here for 28 years
Poundin' sweat beneath these wheels
We tattooed lines beneath our skin
No surrender, my Bobby Jean

See, I've been here for 28 years
Poundin' sweat beneath these wheels
We tattooed lines beneath our skin
No surrender, my Bobby Jean

And we've been burned by all our fears
Just from growin' up around here
Our father's factories marked our cards
While Eden burned against the stars

And Sally said, Sally said
"I can't take no more regret"
It cut us deep into our souls
Came and climbed into our bed

And Sally said, Sally said
"Meet me by the river's edge"
We're going to wash these sins away
Or else we won't come back again

You know I had these ballroom dreams
That, as a child came to me
I was a boy in Grandma's arms
A mother's pride and a wounded heart

And I was full with fiery wonder
You wore Audrey Hepburn pearls
You were the only one who understood me then
You're the only one who will

And Sally said, Sally said
"I can't take no more regret"
It cut us deep into our souls
Came and climbed into our bed

And Sally said, Sally said
"Meet me by the river's edge"
We're going to wash these sins away
Or else we won't come back again

And now I drive the one-oh-one
On a California night
And I'm amazed at all the stars
Beneath that old Hollywood sign

And they waltz the ballet up the boulevard
To a place we never kept
And I'm not sure if we belong here
If I never really left or if I can go home

And Sally said, Sally said
"I can't take no more regret"
It cut us deep into our souls
Came and climbed into our bed

And Sally said, Sally said
"Meet me by the river's edge"
We're going to wash these sins away
Or else we won't come back again

No retreat, no regrets
No retreat, no regrets
No retreat, no regrets
Meet me by the river's edge

No retreat, no regrets
No retreat, no regrets
No retreat, no regrets
Meet me by the river's edge


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"Meet Me by the River's Edge" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General Comment+1 for Bruce Springsteen references
    eltroyo11on July 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Gaslight Anthem are one of my favourite bands, but their songs aren't really ambiguous, are they? I think they're great stories, though. They make me wanna quit my course and my future and move to a town out on the coast where I'll get a real man's job and spend my nights drinking and chasing girls and dreams through the streets.

    Yeah, that was pretty gay of me to say.

    Damn good song, though.
    {x.nick.x}on November 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else think this is the best track on the album. "No retreat, no regrets" is great.

    And I think it's "And we waltz, ballet up a boulevard to a place we never kept"
    MadAstronautkgon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentincredible. i thgouth it was just a catchy throwaway on the album at first, kinda thought this and even cowgirls get the blues were the 2 weakest on the album. now this is possibly my favourite!

    and its:

    and they waltz the ballet up the boulevard to a pace we've never kept
    SamuelHWon November 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah this song is rife with Springsteen references.

    "No surrender my Bobby Jean."

    That is a line in the song that is simply to sequential song titles from "Born in the USA"
    johnnycanuckon May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLOTS of Springsteen in this track! Good song.

    "Pounding sweat beneath these wheels..." - Springsteen's "The Promised Land" is a story of a guy 'Working all day in my daddy’s garage, Driving all night chasing some mirage'

    "No surrender my Bobby Jean" - references Springsteen songs Bobby Jean ("goodbye Bobby Jean") and No Surrender ("No retreat baby, no surrender")

    "Our father's factories marked our cars / While Eden burned against the stars" - small factory town, think Eden is a reference like "We are the Boys from Little Eden" in "Blue Jeans and White T Shirts" to Springsteen's Sandy

    "Meet me by the River's edge / We're going to wash these sins away" - see Springsteen's Racing In The Street ("ride to the sea and wash these sins off our hands"), and Meeting Across The River from Born to Run.

    He seems to be homesick in the part with the Hollywood sign and not being sure if he can ever really go home.
    lrb85on December 29, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"our father's factories marked our cars while Eden burned against the stars." - i don't know what this means but i think i love it.
    anonymiadon September 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSmall Jersey factory town, you coudl see the lights from the city in the sky.

    Lyrically they seem almost identical to something springsteen would sing, same style of telling stories.
    slip-frawgon September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheir from the elizabeth area, its factories galore.
    Brian Fitzon September 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwe also forgot the final springsteen reference in the song from Racing In The Street-
    "Tonight my baby and me we're gonna ride to the sea
    And wash these sins off our hands" very similar to the line "Meet me by the River's edge.
    We're going to wash these sins away."
    joeyp2003on June 28, 2010   Link

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