Where the road is dark, and the seed is sowed
Where the gun is cocked, and the bullet's cold
Where the miles are marked in the blood and gold
I'll meet you further on up the road

Got on my dead man's suit and my smilin' skull ring
My lucky graveyard boots, and song to sing
I got a song to sing, to keep me out of the cold
And I'll meet you further on up the road

Further on up the road
further on up the road
Where the way is dark and the night is cold
One sunny morning we'll rise, I know
And I'll meet you further on up the road

Now I been out in the desert, just doin' my time
Searching through the dust, lookin' for a sign
If there's a light up ahead, well brother I don't know
But I got this fever burnin' in my soul
So let's take the good times as they go
And I'll meet you further on up the road

Further on up the road
Further on up the road
Further on up the road
Further on up the road

One sunny mornin' we'll rise I know
And I'll meet you further on up the road
One sunny morning we'll rise I know
And I'll meet you further on up the road


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    General CommentSimply put, this song is about a man who finds himself experiencing the darkness on the edge of town. The song is non-descript: it could be an outlaw, a soldier, or the blue collar (anti-) hero of so many Springsteen songs. But he's there. The first verse overviews the situation, the journey ahead is one where some get paid and others pay in blood. The second verse is the man's bravado; his gallows humor in describing his clothing and his reliance on his song to sing is his own attempt to find strength. The third verse is the reality -- he's alone, lost, searching, and he doesn't know whether he'll come out of this thing. But still, the hope that humanity (the fever in his soul) will save him.

    "I'll meet you further on up the road" is a promise to make it through. It's a farewell put off (what do you say to the ones you leave behind when you head off into danger?). It's also an acknowledgement of something better no matter what -- "one sunny morning, we'll rise I know" is refusing to acknowledge the finality of mortality.

    Personally, in the context of 9/11, I've always seen it as a song about a military man confronting the war ahead. However, I believe this song pre-dates 9/11 (possibly from the Tom Joad era?).
    tijakoon December 02, 2009   Link

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