"Outlaw Pete" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
He was born a little baby on the Appalachian Trail
At six months old he'd done three months in jail
Here at the bank in his diapers and his little bare baby feet
All he said was "Folks, my name is Outlaw Pete."

I'm Outlaw Pete!
I'm Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?

At twenty-five a mustang pony he did steal
And they rode around and 'round on heaven's wheel
Father Jesus, I'm an outlaw killer and a thief
And I slowed down on Lee and I saw my grief

I'm Outlaw Pete!
I'm Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?

They cut his trail of tears across the countryside
And where he went, when he wept and died
One night he woke from a vision of his own death
Saddled his pony and rode her deep into the West
Married a Navajo girl and settled down on the res
And as the smooth 'fairy' he held that beautiful daughter to his chest

I'm Outlaw Pete!
I'm Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

Out of the East on an Irish stallion came Bounty Hunter Dan
His heart quickened and burned by the need to get his man
He found Pete peacefully fishing by the river, pulled his gun and got the ???
He said, "Pete, you think you've changed, but you have not."
He cocked his pistol, pulled the trigger and shot him 'let it start'
He drew a knife from his boot and pierced him through the heart
Dan smiled as he laid in his own blood dying in the sun
And whispered in Pete's ear, "We cannot undue these things we've done."

You're Outlaw Pete!
You're Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

For forty days and nights Pete rode and did not stop
Till he sat high upon an icy mountain top
He watched the hawk on a desert ??? slip and slide
Moved to the edge and dug his spurs deep into his bony side

Some say Pete and his pony vanished over the edge
Some say they remain frozen high upon that icy ledge
The young Navajo girl washes in the river, skin so fair
And braids a piece of Pete's buckskin chaps into her hair

Outlaw Pete!
Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?


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"Outlaw Pete" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentSpringsteen explained to the Observer Music Monthly January 2009 about this fable concerning a character who can't escape his past: "The past is never the past. It is always present. And you better reckon with it in your life and in your daily experience, or it will get you. It will get you really bad. It will come and it will devour you, it will remove you from the present. It will steal your future and this happens every day.
    We've lived through a nightmare like that in the past eight years here. We had a historically blind administration who didn't take consideration of the past; thousands and thousands of people died, lives were ruined and terrible, terrible things occurred because, there was no sense of history, no sense that the past is living and real.
    So the song is about this happening to this character. He moves ahead. He tries to make the right moves. He awakes from a vision of his death, and realizes: life is finite. Time is with me always. And I'm frightened. And he rides west where he settles down. But the past comes back in the form of this bounty hunter, whose mind is also quickened and burdened by the need to get his man. And these possessed creatures meet along the shores of this river where the bounty hunter of course is killed, and his last words are: 'We can't undo the things we've done.'
    In other words, your past is your past. You carry it with you always. These are your sins. You carry them with you always. You better learn how to live with them, learn the story that they're telling you. Because they're whispering your future in your ear, and if you don't listen, it will be contaminated by the toxicity of your past."
    rcristi957on June 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTries to be epic, funny imagery of a baby in diapers talkin’ like a badass. Contains the lyric that I think tries to be the mantra of the Working On A Dream album: Can you hear me? This album’s "Is there anybody alive out there"? (Radio Nowhere). But I like the Radio Nowhere "mantra" better.

    Random note on this song: They way he pronounces "stop" & "top" in the lyrics: For forty days and nights (biblical referrences) Pete rode and did not stop/Till he sat high upon an icy mountain top) reminds me a lot like the way Jakob Dylan from The Wallflowers sings. Cool connection to Bobby D right there.
    gjack2211on September 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment**he robbed a bank...
    Got that lyric wrong.

    I love Springsteen's epic story characters. They're like hard rock updates on old Dylan folk tunes.
    Tig45on January 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, but I am hoping for someone to provide a deeper insight to the meaning, or about the title charactor.
    marneton March 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe opening lines,at 6 months old he said, folks my name is outlaw Pete. Doubtful he could talk at that early age.

    Listen to the song from about 3.58 and tell me that the background music is not,

    I was made for loving you by Kiss

    Brilliant song
    smc4761on June 15, 2013   Link

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