Out where the creek turn shallow and sandy
And the moon comes skimmin' away the stars
When the mesquite comes rushin' over the hilltops
Straight into my arms
Straight into my arms

I'm ridin' hard carryin' a cache of roses
A fresh map that I made
Now I'm gonna get birth naked and bury my old soul
And dance on it's grave
And dance on it's grave

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here

Well my daddy he was just a stranger
Lived in a hotel downtown
Well when I was a kid he was just somebody
Somebody I'd see around
Somebody I'd see around

Well now down below and pullin' on my shirt
Yeah I got some kids of my own
Well if I had one wish for you in this god forsaken world, kid
It'd be that your mistakes will be your own
That your sins will be your own

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here

(Whoaaa)

Out 'neath the arms of Cassiopeia*
Where the sword of Orion sweeps
It's me and you, Rosie, cracklin' like crossed wires
And you breathin' in your sleep
And you breathin' in your sleep

Well there's just a spark of a campfire left burnin'
Two kids in a sleeping bag beside
Reach 'neath your shirt, put my hands across your belly and feel
Another one kickin' inside
And I ain't gonna fuck it up this time

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here



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  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best tracks off the new album.
    It's a tale of a no good father wanting a second chance and determined to make things right.
    Determined not to be like his own father anymore.
    The last verse just hammers me.

    springsteen: the greatest
    The Magic Raton October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song off the new album...

    It's pretty clearly a man looking back at his life and his wife and kids, and having an epiphany.

    I heard a bootleg of this from '96, just Bruce solo on guitar, and I gotta say having a small band behind him helps him on songs like this.
    jnb987on June 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last verse never really got to me until I actually read it, as opposed to just listening to it. I have goosebumps all over now. Wow. Springsteen is simply the greatest songwriter of his generation.
    CharlatanSinon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti saw bruce preform this on the Devils and Dust tour. he played it on the piano. it was beautiful. i do believe that this is also the first time bruce said "fuck" in one of his songs.
    blondxgurlyon April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so good. Definetely my favorite on this album.
    Mord69on January 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty crystal clear. It's about a man, who has been a terrible father, like his father before him, and he sees his unborn child as a sign of redemption, and a way to stop the cycle.

    A fairly typical, but excellent rendition of the "sins of the father" theme and possibly a companion piece to "Straight Time".
    illcosbyon May 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat a fucking song. I seriously got som small tears in my eyes when i read the lyrics, and I swear I'm not even that kind of guy. great both musically and lyrically, and also good matching between the both ingredients which I find to be one of his greatest strengths. sorry about the spelling here.
    lillabubbenon June 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't see the protagonist as having been a bad father. I simply see a man who's finally happy. He understands that his dad was a bad one, and hopes he doesn't have the same negative impact on his kids.
    "If I had one wish in this God-forsaken world kids, it's that your mistakes will be your own", an obvious reference to the idea presented in "Adam Raised a Cain" 30 years earlier, which itself was an excellent representation of the Biblical story of "the Fall", and what came with it for mankind.

    And instead of being a sequel to "Straight Time", I see this as a sequel to "Beautiful Reward". It's been a long time coming, but he's found his reward.

    In that song he says he didn't find his reward in romantic love, but in this song it seems he has. However he's obviously made a big change, and that's presented in the first verse. He's buried his old soul, his self-centered soul that was looking at love selfishly, as something that would make himself fulfilled., and he finally found his reward in "Long Time Coming" when he realized it's found in sacrifice, devotion to others (wife and family) ahead of devotion to his own wants and needs.




    Rayburnon March 05, 2011   Link

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