Lyric discussion by elwyn5150 

This is one of my favourites from The Ghost of Tom Joad. Like many Springsteen songs I like, the characters are believable and detailed.

However, I feel there is a little bit of loose end with how her brother has tape across his chest. Did she really love him or was she just using him to help her brother get the merchandise across the border?

That ambiguity is part of what makes this song so great. I think it's the latter.

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