Last night I dreamed that I was a child
Out where the pines grow wild and tall
I was trying to make it home through the forest
Before the darkness falls

I heard the wind rustling through the trees
And ghostly voices rose from the fields
I ran with my heart pounding down that broken path
With the devil snapping at my heels

I broke through the trees and there in the night
My father's house stood shining hard and bright
The branches and brambles tore my clothes and scratched my arms
But I ran till I fell shaking in his arms

I awoke and I imagined, the hard things that pulled us apart
Will never again, sir, tear us from each other's hearts
I got dressed and to that house I did ride
From out on the road I could see its windows shining in light

I walked up the steps and stood on the porch
A woman I didn't recognize came and spoke to me through a chained door
I told her my story and who I'd come for
She said "I'm sorry son but no one by that name lives here anymore"

My father's house shines hard and bright
It stands like a beacon calling me in the night
Calling and calling, so cold and alone
Shining 'cross this dark highway where our sins lie unatoned


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"My Father's House" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    Song MeaningSpringsteen has explained the meaning of this song on a few occasions.

    For many years he had been driving at night to his childhood house with no apparent reason until one day he began wondering why. He then went to a psychiatrist who explained him that this 'ritual' was nothing but an attempt to make his past right and more specifically to correct something that went wrong during his childhood.
    Springsteen has mentioned a few time his difficult relationship with his father, a severe and depressed man, but also a very important figure for him.
    This song really talks about him freeing himself from this 'ritual' and coming to realize he is not going to be able to change his past anyway. It is of course also an homage to his dad and how important he was to him.
    annieallon August 23, 2012   Link

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