When I lost you honey sometimes I think I lost my guts too
And I wish God would send me a word
Send me something I'm afraid to lose
Lying in the heat of the night like prisoners all our lives
I get shivers down my spine and all I want to do is hold you tight

I swear I'll drive all night just to buy you some shoes
And to taste your tender charms
And I just want to sleep tonight again in your arms

Tonight there's fallen angels and they're waiting for us down in the street
Tonight there's calling strangers,
Hear them crying in defeat.
Let them go, let them go, let them go,
Do their dances of the dead (let'em go right ahead)
You just dry your eyes girl, and c'mon c'mon
C'mon let's go to bed, baby, baby, baby


There's machines and there's fire waiting on the edge of town
They're out there for hire but baby they can't hurt us now
'Cause you've got, you've got, you've got,
You've got my love, you've got my love
Through the wind, through the rain, the snow, the wind, the rain
You've got, you've got my, my love
Heart and soul

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by Caroline21

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song seems to be based on earlier Van Morrison works like "madame george" and "And the Healing Has Begun". Same chords, but still unmistakably bruce and the lyrics are great.
    born to runon August 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I lost you honey sometimes I think I lost my guts too
    As an opening line this would suggest that song is about the guy trying to win back/ prove his love for the lost girl
    charhortonon July 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was used in the movie Reign Over Me, which was actually the first time I heard the song even though I am a Springsteen fan. not his best lyrical work, but the music in it is good as usual, especially with Clarence Clemons' sax
    nicktonyg22on December 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best songs ever...sung with such powerful emotion...its a sham the way Springsteen's best songs are ignored on here.
    gazzaa2on July 13, 2008   Link
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    Song ComparisonThere is a live version of "Backstreets" where Springsteen riffs into this song, which makes me think this song was around for some time before being recorded for the "The River" in 1980 -- there's several key lines or concepts from songs here "They can't hurt us now" -- Because the Night
    "There's machines and there's fire waiting on the edge of town" -- "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
    and the entire second verse could easily fit into "Racing in the Street"
    This is the eptiome of "Springsteen Cool" :I swear I'll drive all night just to buy you some shoes/ And to taste your tender charms
    Driving all night suggests a stalking desperation, which is tempered by a gentlemanly reference to "tender charms" and a promise of a practical gift. That's why he's the boss
    mortyon November 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGeez, I thought it was written from the point of view of a taxi driver who was saying he'd work an extra late-night shift so he could make enough extra dough for some shoes.
    tim278on April 01, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song, written by Bruce Springsteen for The River albulm, is one of the best songs written about losing a loved one. This is how I interperate this song which I find very moving. Glen Hansard does a very good cover, especially when he performed it on Late Night with David Letterman.

    The first verse establishes that he is suffering from a loss of a loved one. Living through the agony and the pain and wishing for more time.

    The chorus is brillant. It simply states he would drive all night to do a simple task, just to have the privlage of sharing time with her.

    The second verse is the most interesting and coded verse. As I see it, his loved one pays him a visit, but she is sad because she knows it's temporary. The fallen angles are searching for her to return and he desparetly begs her to not to go to them. When Bruce plays this part live, I feel in his desparation.

    The 3rd verse carries on the point that she is being hunted so she can be returned to the other world. But he is insistant she cant be hurt by them because of how much he cares for her.
    TadPon October 24, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about redemption.

    The characters have a long love and have built a life together. The wife valued the relationship but the man didn't like he should of, and they feel trapped. She decides to break free and that makes him realize that he would give everything for just one more moment with her, even though she has moved on.

    To his surprise he gets that moment, and through the strength of their union, they become strangers to the fallen and to him are reborn as a couple. As he holds her tight he knows that for her the strangers may be the dance. He pleads with her to not join the fallen's celebration of failure, as if that's the good life. And he confesses to her that he knows that maybe they're not fallen, maybe they are the fire and and she could join that dance.

    But if she wants his soul she has it. They can be redeemed in their love right then and make their respective lives and all they have built a win for each of them and together.

    In the end the music turns hopeful and the big man says the rest of the lyrics without words, like only he could. There can be no doubt of the outcome, she comes to bed and they make love again!
    mark101557on June 06, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My Interpretationspeaking of losing someone, wants god to send someone he's afraid to lose, a baby, possibly speaking of a miscarriage or a pregnancy that didn't go as planned? a reach???

    like prisoners all our lives? him and his significant other are prisoners to the fact that they should reproduce..but can't or have failed at the moment. and he wants to put that aside, just sleep in her arms for the moment…thats all he cares about..nothing else..lets go to bed.

    just wants to buy shoes for the baby/sleep in its arms( things normal parents cherish and look forward to). (songs goes back and forth from wanting to be with unforeseen child and significant other he's still with)

    to the both of them..they got his love, heart and soul through everything, especially the one he is still with.
    gkron12on February 07, 2014   Link

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