"Adam Raised a Cain" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
In the summer that I was baptized
My father held me to his side
As they put me into the water
He said how on that day I cried

We were prisoners of love, a love in chains
He was standin' in the door, I was standin' in the rain
With the same hot blood burning in our veins
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)

All of the old faces
Asked you why you're back
They fit you with position
And the keys to your daddy's Cadillac

In the darkness of your room
Your mother calls you by your true name
You remember the faces, the places, the names
You know it's never over, it's relentless as the rain
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)

In the Bible Cain slew Abel
And East of Eden mama he was cast
You're born into this life paying
For the sins of somebody else's past

Well Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame
You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)

Lost but not forgotten, from the dark heart of a dream
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)
Adam raised a Cain (yeah)

Oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh oh oh

Oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh oh oh (hey)
Oh oh, oh oh oh oh (hey)
Oh oh, oh oh oh oh (hey)


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"Adam Raised a Cain" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +1
    General CommentOne of Bruce's most autobiographical song's about returning home and seeing his Father, who Bruce never got along with.

    How good are the lines "In the darkness of your room, your mother calls you by your true name"

    "Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
    Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame"

    Once again, Bruce proving he is the greatest song-writer of all time.
    The Magic Raton October 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"you're born into this life paying for someone else's past"

    amazing. that's basically all there is to it.
    bruce_fan27on May 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou inherit the sins
    YOU INHERIT THE FLLLAAAYAYYYYMEMEZZZZ

    haha 100% charged, hard, raspy bruce
    reno15on June 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about not having a great father and sort of inheriting his problems. You get his bad attitude, his problems, his doubts, his fears, etc. You also know that all his trouble never really got him anywhere.
    Good OL MCon March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrect me if I'm wrong, but aren't these lyrics mistitled? I think the name of the song is "Adam Raised a Cain" not "Adam Raised a Cane"
    musicislife197on February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song title is self-evident that the title is wrong. Anyway, yes, it is "Cain" referencing Cain and Abel from the Bible.
    ncc74656mon April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust another angry track from his best record.
    Flyersfanon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude this is probably the best song off the whole album between the amazing guitar, lyrics and powerful vocals from bruce, he was wasnt even singing, more like moaning and wailing into the mike, so raw and magnificent, only bruce could do it.
    As for the lyrics, even the title gets you thinking, proposing the idea that it was the father adam that raised cain to be the terrible son he was makes you take a whole other outlook on the story, plus he worked this idea into his own relationship with his father.
    the best lines by far are:He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain
    With the same hot blood burning in our veins
    Adam raised a Cain
    What a picture!!! this is really the guts of an explosive relationship with a father. Kind of like you cant stand your old man, but you are so exactly like him in so many ways, and he is responsible for everything you dont like about yourself... man i could go on but this song does the job
    fallenchief123on July 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what you get when a difficult father and son relationship is told by a brilliant storyteller.

    "You're born into this life paying for the sins of somebody else's past".

    "Daddy worked his whole life, for nothing but the pain, now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame".

    As for the guitar... it's really a very simple, nearly one note lead. It must be pointed out however that it is probably the most emotionally charged note, basically "spit" out of his guitar, played over and over as if lamenting the pain. There hasn't been many recorded leads like that, excepting maybe the one note lead in Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young.

    Springsteen at his finest. Oh, one more thing. It's frighteningly good, maybe BETTER, live.
    dray33on October 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe sins of the father are visited upon the son... the narrator loves his father but is aware that he risks being tied to his failures and wants to break free of them.
    AlexanderDumbasson February 25, 2015   Link

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