Driving home she grabs something to eat
Turns a corner and drives down her street
Into a row of houses she just melts away
Like the scenery in another man's play
Into a house where the blinds are closed
To keep from seeing things she don't wanna know
She pulls the blinds and looks out on the street
The cool of the night takes the edge off the heat

In the Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage
You can try with all your might
But you're reminded every night
That you been judged and handed life
Down in Jackson Cage

Every day ends in wasted motion
Just crossed swords on the killing floor
To settle back is to settle without knowing
The hard edge that you're settling for
Because there's always just one more day
And it's always gonna be that way
Little girl you've been down here so long
I can tell by the way that you move you belong to

The Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage
And it don't matter just what you say
Are you tough enough to play the game they play
Or will you just do your time and fade away
Down into the Jackson Cage

Baby there's nights when I dream of a better world
But I wake up so downhearted girl
I see you feeling so tired and confused
I wonder what it's worth to me or you
Just waiting to see some sun
Never knowing if that day will ever come
Left alone standing out on the street
Till you become the hand that turns the key down in

Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage
Well darlin' can you understand
The way that they will turn a man
Into a stranger to waste away
Down in the Jackson Cage

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    General CommentCan't believe no one has commented on this one...

    This, to me, is one of the few standouts off of the Boss' double-album "The River". The lyrics are gut wrenching... the song seems to tell the story of a woman who cannot escape from the enviornment in which she lives - The Jackson Cage. I guess it's open to interpretation as to what the "Jackson Cage" really is. I like to think of it as a city where all of this happens. My favorite lyric is in the chorus:
    "You can try with all your might
    But you're reminded every night
    That you've been judged, and handed life
    Down in the Jackson Cage"
    That line about being "handed life" kinda sums up the life that the two characters are living in this song.
    springsegeron August 30, 2006   Link

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