"Badlands" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Lights out tonight
Trouble in the heartland
Got a head-on collision
Smashin' in my guts man
I'm caught in a crossfire
That I don't understand
But there's one thing I know for sure
Girl, I don't give a damn
For the same old played out scenes
I don't give a damn
For just the in-betweens
Honey I want the heart, I want the soul
I want control right now
Yeah, are you listening to me baby?

Talk about a dream
Try to make it real
You wake up in the night
With a fear so real
You spend your life waiting
For a moment that just don't come
Well don't waste your time waiting

Badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you've gotta pay
We'll keep pushin' till it's understood
And these badlands start treating us good

Workin' in the fields
'Til you get your back burned
Workin' 'neath the wheels
'Til you get your facts learned
Baby I got my facts
Learned real good right now
You better get it straight girl
Poor man want to be rich
Rich man want to be king
And a king ain't satisfied
'Til he rules everything
I want to go out tonight
I want to find out what I got

But I believe in the love
that you gave me
I believe in the faith
that can save me
I believe in the hope And I pray
that some day it may raise me

Above these badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you've gotta pay
We'll keep pushin' till it's understood
And these badlands start treating us good

Woah oh woah oh woah oh

For the ones who had a notion
A notion deep inside
That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive
I want to find one face that ain't looking through me
I want to find one place
I want to spit in the face of these

Badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you've gotta pay
We'll keep pushin' till it's understood
And these badlands start treating us good

Woah oh woah oh woah oh
Badlands
Woah oh woah oh woah oh
Badlands
Woah oh woah oh woah oh
Badlands
Woah oh woah oh woah oh
Badlands
Woah oh woah oh woah oh
Badlands
Woah oh woah oh woah oh
Badlands


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"Badlands" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +5
    General Comment"Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king
    And a king ain't satisfied till he rules everything"

    Wow... I used this quote in a philosophy essay on Kant. Basically Immanuel Kant used 25 pages to say what Bruce summed up in 2 lines. My professor loved the use of an outside artist (poet in Bruce's case), and I received an "A".

    Is there any other artist out there that can sing so deeply? I'll answer that for you. No.
    hoagiejon March 11, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's saying that world won't waste any time getting you down if you let it, SO DON'T LET IT!

    He talks about the way people are never happy/satisfied in life, how they let things get them down, but "it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive"

    Bruce is the fuckin man
    originlon March 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love to listen to this song when I'm down... I don't think it needs any explanation, the power of the words explain it all. I especially love the lines, "You wake up in the night, with a fear so real, spend your life waiting for a moment that just don't come, well don't waste your time waiting..."
    psycheon May 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so incredible to listen to when you're in a bad mood. Bruce really captured what he was feeling with this one. Because he is right, even if you hate where you are you have to live it everyday.
    Good OL MCon June 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I was between the ages of 35 and 38, and in a mini-mid life crisis, I listened to this song every day. Having passed that stage, the song has a lot less meaning for me and even seems a little contrived. Still love the opening riff though.
    benjyedwardson July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea this is like an anthem of hope
    Georgieboy84on August 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think one of my faveorite lines is"......you spend your life wainting for a moment that just don't come, don't waste your' time waiting
    benlevine68on January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove that piano riff!
    bkat004on January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of his best - great sax Clarence
    vasnmoGoon March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlong with several Bruce Springsteen tunes, this song is perfect to listen to when driving. I thing that the lyrics are relatively self-explanatory, but it is still a great song.
    floydtheater07on August 29, 2006   Link

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