"My City Of Ruins" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
There's a blood red circle
On the cold dark ground
And the rain is falling down
The church door's thrown open
I can hear the organ's song
But the congregation's gone
My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Now the sweet bells of mercy
Drift through the evening trees
Young men on the corner
Like scattered leaves
The boarded up windows
The empty streets
While my brother's down on his knees
My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up

Now there's tears on the pillow
Darlin' where we slept
And you took my heart when you left
Without your sweet kiss
My soul is lost, my friend
Tell me how do I begin again?
My city's in ruins
My city's in ruins

Now with these hands
With these hands
With these hands
With these hands, I pray Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for the strength Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for the faith, Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for your love, Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for the strength, Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for your love, Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for your faith, Lord
With these hands
With these hands
I pray for the strength, Lord
With these hands
With these hands

Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up
Come on, rise up


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"My City of Ruins" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +2
    General Comment2 months ago my friend died at the young age of 18. It was very tough on his family, friends and others. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever witnessed and can say it the whole week was a complete blur.

    I listened to this song one day afterwards and i have never heard a song hit so close to home. The beginning reminded me so much of being at the funeral and seeing his casket being taken away, it was an emotional time in my life. And still is.

    Every time I play this song I think of my friend. Come on Rise up!
    bearfan34on February 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough it's taken on new meaning after 9/11, Bruce wrote this one before then about the decay of Asbury Park. He performed it at the Clearwater festival in AP in August 2001.
    kenf62on September 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song always brings me back to an intense personal experience. i love bruce springsteen. i love this song.
    oh.pinknesson December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou all are wrong. This song is about springsteens life origannaly although that sounds weird it is true. Also, many disasters happened after this song was made and all thought it was made for that disaster such as Katrina. I have visited new orleans and seen the destruction. THIS IS LIKE ITS THEME SONG!
    ihatemondayzon February 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti live in N.J. so many refrences to locations bruce makes, i know about/have been there. i can say though, Asbury Park is being cleaned up (finally) and its starting to look like the old days. ive also been to the stone pony, where bruce got his start. the joint is so small, but there is just some power there that is un-explainable
    blondxgurlyon April 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually Cherub Rock, Bruce has taken on Asbury Park has his adopted hometown. And if u saw it at its lowest - and how far it had fallen - u'd understand. He didn't exagerate really, just put his emotions behind it.
    massmic8on June 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLiving in New Orleans for more than a year now, this song feels so appropriate as the city continues to recover from Katrina. It's amazing how accurate the imagery is; you drive down a street in New Orleans listening to this song and it's like being in the music video.

    Love the "Come on rise up!" Resilient bunch these New Orleanians.
    ndoherty13on January 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Bruce songs, because the first album of his that I really heard was The Rising, my mom played it all the time, and I fell in love. I connect with this song so greatly, my city - although clearly not as bad as Asbury Park - used to be so alive and fun. I was driving through the old neighborhood on halloween and looking back. I remembered when I was a kid, how packed the streets would be with kids and families, and the block party every year. This year I only saw a few kids out walking around, but mostly saw a bunch of creepy guys walking around, carrying guns. It's terrible the way things have to change.
    courtney veeon October 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkenf62, I've heard the same thing, but surely he changed it a bit since then? I mean, some of the imagery here seems top specific and apocalyptic for a song about a decaying N.J. city.

    Great song, very moving. Love the gospel feel. I'm guessing that lots of people found this song very moving when it was released
    Cherub Rockon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe last part of this song is based on an Ignatian prayer
    HugsHoneyon June 17, 2009   Link

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