It's cloudy out in Pittsburg
It's rainin' in Saigon
Snow's fallin' all across the Michigan line
Well She sits by the light of her Christmas tree
With the radio softly on
Thinkin' how a good man is so hard to find

Well once she had a fella
Once she was somebody's girl
And she gave all she had that one last time
Now there's a little girl asleep in the back room
She's gonna have to tell about the meanness in this world
And how a good man is so hard to find

Well there's pictures on the table by her bed
Him in his dress greens and her in her wedding white
She remembers how the world was the day he left
And now how that world is dead
And a good man is so hard to find

She got no time now for Casanovas
Yeah those days are gone
She don't want that anymore, she's made up her mind
Just somebody to hold her
As the night gets on
When a good man is so hard to find

Well she shuts off the TV
And without a word
Into bed she climbs
Well she thinks how it was all so wasted
And how expendable their dreams all were
When a good man was so hard to find
Well it's cloudy out in Pittsburg

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    General CommentA hard man is good to find.
    shakeymangoon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthmm, thought there may be some connection or parallels to the Flannery O'Connor short story by the same name... but I dont think so.
    oh-dominoon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs her soldier dead, or is she just missing him (maybe wondering if she should find someone else, because being with a soldier sucks--no disrespect)?
    Wendy26on February 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs far as that Flannery O'Connor thought goes...I can't see a connection either, but I did hear a guy in a documentary on Bruce Springsteen say that Bruce used Flannery O'Connor's "meanness" concept. This guy was refering to Nebraska when the killer in the song said "I guess it's just a meanness in this world," but Bruce also used the concept of the "meanness in this world" in this song and Flannery O'Connor referred to "doing him a meanness" as in killing someone or burning down his house. I don't know if she used this phraseology anywhere else in her writing or wrote of it more in depth. I'm not sure of the meaning of all this, but there you go.
    Wendy26on February 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI saw Bruce sing this one live (I believe the one & only time he did it live) in St. Paul MN on the Devil's & Dust Tour. It was a great performance - real close to he recorded version on Tracks. But the coolest part was that Bruce dedicated to the family of Gerald Vick - a St. Paul police officer who had been killed in the line of duty two days prior to the concert.

    I thought that was an incredibly classy move by Bruce considering all of the backlash he received in the couple years prior to that show after playing 41 Shots on the Rising tour.

    It's also a great song (hard to believe that it didn't make on a record until Tracks) and a true statement - A Good Man Is Hard To Find!
    cwson May 10, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a young widow and daughter lamenting the loss of a husband/father killed in Vietnam. Unfortunately just as poignant decades after it
    Was written.
    eazy_71on June 23, 2018   Link

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