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 CommentThis is what you get when a difficult father and son relationship is told by a brilliant storyteller.

    "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".

    As for the guitar... it's really a very simple, nearly one note lead. It must be pointed out however that it is probably the most emotionally charged note, basically "spit" out of his guitar, played over and over as if lamenting the pain. There hasn't been many recorded leads like that, excepting maybe the one note lead in Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young.

    Springsteen at his finest. Oh, one more thing. It's frighteningly good, maybe BETTER, live.
    dray33on October 10, 2009   Link

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