"Brothers Under the Bridge ('83)" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Saigon, it was all gone
The same Coke machines
As the streets I grew on
Down in a mesquite canyon
We come walking along the ridge
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Campsite's an hour's walk from the nearest road to town
Up here there's too much brush and canyon
For the CHP choppers to touch down
Ain't lookin' for nothin', just want to live
Me and the brothers under the bridge
Come the Santa Ana's, man, that dry brush'll light
Billy Devon got burned up in his own campfire one winter night
We buried his body in the white stone high up along the ridge
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Had enough of town and the street life
Over nothing you end up on the wrong end of someone's knife
Now I don't want no trouble
And I ain't got none to give
Me and the brothers under the bridge

I come home in '72
You were just a beautiul light
In your mama's dark eyes of blue
I stood down on the tarmac, I was just a kid
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Come Veterans' Day I sat in the stands in my dress blues
I held your mother's hand
When they passed with the red, white and blue
One minute you're right there ... and something slips...


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"Brothers Under the Bridge" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentAnother song from the Tracks album that should have been released as a single when first recorded (part of the Born in the USA album) and should have been a huge hit.

    It seems like another reference to Miami Steve Van Zandt's departure from the E Street Band, along with Bobby Jean and No Surrender. I like this one the best of the three.
    Pirtyfool22on May 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt really is amazing how many songs off of Tracks that Bruce was just able to toss on the wayside that would have been career-saviors for other bands.
    Nick9469on March 20, 2008   Link

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