Well now on a summer night, oh in a dusky room
Come a little piece of the Lord's undying light
Crying like he swallowed the fiery moon
In his mother's arms it was all the beauty I could take
Like the missing words to some prayer that I could never make
Oh, in a world so hard and dirty so fouled and confused
Searching for a little bit of God's mercy
I found living proof

Well, I put my heart and soul, babe, I put 'em high upon a shelf
Right next to the faith, the faith that I'd lost in myself
I went down into the desert city
Just tryin' so hard to shed my skin
I crawled deep into some kind of darkness
Lookin' to burn out every trace of who I'd been
You do some sad, sad things baby
When it's your you 're tryin' to lose
You do some sad and hurtful things
I've seen living proof

You shot through my anger and rage
To show me my prison was just an open cage
There were no keys no guards
Oh, just one frightened man and some old shadows for bars

Well now all that's sure on the boulevard
Is that life is just a house of cards
As fragile as each and every breath
Of this boy sleepin' in our bed
Tonight let's lie beneath the eaves, babe
Just a close band of happy thieves
And when that train comes we'll get on board
And steal what we can from the treasures, treasures of the Lord
It's been along long drought baby
Tonight the rain's pourin' down on our roof
Oh, looking for a little bit of God's mercy
I found living proof
Oh living proof
I found living proof
Yeah, living proof
I found living proof
Oh living proof
I found living proof
Yeah I found living proof
I found living proof
I found living proof

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Living Proof Lyrics as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +2
    General CommentBruce is back.

    Absolute Gold. Lyrics, rhythum, building up music / vocal.

    Just doesn't get better.........Living proof.
    pton January 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHis love for his newborn---lyrics beyond beautiful, fills my eyes to the brim every time.
    brucejuiceon February 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn under rated song about being a parent, love of one's infant along with some strong spirituality. Great lyrics!
    wesley1646on January 09, 2016   Link
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    Song FactAfter Bruce finished recording the songs that made up Human Touch, he still felt there was something missing, and sat out in search of that one last song that would complete that album. As is typical of Bruce finding his inspiration in the books and songs of others, he found his inspiration while listening to Dylan\'s Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3, in the final song on the album, Series of Dreams. That one song ignited a spark that would be the catalyst for the entire Lucky Town album. From Series of Dreams begat Living Proof. The proof is in the bass drum beat; they are exactly the same. \n\nFrom there, Bruce took the lilt from Dylan\'s fourth line in each stanza of Series of Dreams (ie - "and comes to a permanent stop") and transferred that lilt to his new composition "Book of Dreams" (hear lilt: "the room fades away and suddenly I\'m way up high".\n\nBruce now had two songs: one about the birth of his first child and one about his wedding day. From there, Bruce crafted an album about his personal transformation.
    StevenPascalion February 07, 2022   Link

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