I got the fortunes of heaven in diamonds and gold
I got all the bonds baby that the bank could hold
I got houses 'cross the country honey end to end
And everybody buddy wants to be my friend
Well I got all the riches baby any man ever knew
But the only thing I ain't got honey I ain't got you

I got a house full of Rembrandt and priceless art
And all the little girls they want to tear me apart
When I walk down the street people stop and stare
Well you'd think I might be thrilled but baby I don't care
'Cause I got more good luck honey than old King Farouk
But the only thing I ain't got baby I ain't got you

I got a big diamond watch sittin' on my wrist
I try to tempt you baby but you just resist
I made a deal with the devil babe I won't deny
Until I got you in my arms I can't be satisfied

I got a pound of caviar sitting home on ice
I got a fancy foreign car that rides like paradise
I got a hundred pretty women knockin' down my door
And folks want to kiss me I ain't even seen before
I been around the world and all across the seven seas
Been paid a king's ransom for doin' what comes naturally
But I'm still the biggest fool honey this world ever knew
'Cause the only thing I ain't got baby I ain't got you

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"Ain't Got You" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentI think there's a little more to it than that. This song dips into Bruce's personal life at the time. I think it sort of serves as a bridge between the commercial-success of the Born in the USA album and the central theme of the Tunnel of Love album. Bruce was coming off of his most highly $uccessful album but also during that time had to go through a devastating divorce...
    Nick9469on March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is isn't a simple song. Bruce isn't just pining after some girl like some pop song. Consider the context of his life at the time and the message of the whole Tunnel of Love album. I believe that when he says he "ain't got you" that he's talking about his wife at the time. He's got her (she's his wife) but he hasn't really got her, she hasn't fully opened up to him and he's lost his connection with her. Similar to the message in Brilliant Disguise - "Is that you baby, or just a brilliant disguise?". Ain't got you, means that he hasn't truly got her/she's not being completely true to herself when she's with him.
    jbiubass18on March 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. Fairly self explanatory. He obviously is writing about some women he is mesmerized with.
    mobstacliqueon August 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis one is pretty simple when it comes to the lyrics. I also love it because it's so minimal, short, like a little introduction to the more complicated songs on the album (a lot of them I don't understand... by the way, if you're reading this I wouldn't mind if you could add some interpretations to the other Tunnel of Love songs... I feel kind of lost. The same with his song "Lucky Town). A great way to start the album!
    bank_roberton January 12, 2017   Link

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