In the summer that I was baptized my father held me to his side
As they put me to the water he said how on that day I cried
We were prisoners of love a love in chains
He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain
With the same hot blood burning in our veins
Adam raised a Cain

All of the old faces ask you why you're back
They fit you with position and the keys to your daddy's Cadillac
In the darkness of your room your mother calls you by your true name
You remember the faces the places the names
You know it's never over it's relentless as the rain
Adam raised a Cain

In the Bible Cain slew Abel and East of Eden he was cast
You're born into this life paying for the sins of somebody else's past
Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame
You inherit the sins you inherit the flames
Adam raised a Cain

Lost but not forgotten from the dark heart of a dream
Adam raised a Cain

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    General Commentdude this is probably the best song off the whole album between the amazing guitar, lyrics and powerful vocals from bruce, he was wasnt even singing, more like moaning and wailing into the mike, so raw and magnificent, only bruce could do it.
    As for the lyrics, even the title gets you thinking, proposing the idea that it was the father adam that raised cain to be the terrible son he was makes you take a whole other outlook on the story, plus he worked this idea into his own relationship with his father.
    the best lines by far are:He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain
    With the same hot blood burning in our veins
    Adam raised a Cain
    What a picture!!! this is really the guts of an explosive relationship with a father. Kind of like you cant stand your old man, but you are so exactly like him in so many ways, and he is responsible for everything you dont like about yourself... man i could go on but this song does the job
    fallenchief123on July 02, 2008   Link

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