The Promise

Bruce Springsteen - 18 Tracks

Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown

Terry works in a rock and roll band

Lookin' for that million-dollar sound

I got a little job down in Darlington

But some nights I don't go

Some nights I go to the drive-in, or some nights I stay home

I followed that dream just like those guys do up on the screen

And I drive a Challenger down Route 9 through the dead ends and all the bad scenes

When the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my dreams


Well now I built that Challenger by myself

But I needed money and so I sold it

I lived a secret I should'a kept to myself

But I got drunk one night and I told it

All my life I fought this fight

The fight that no man can ever win

Every day it just gets harder to live

This dream I'm believing in

Thunder Road, oh baby you were so right

Thunder Road, there's somethin' dyin' on the highway tonight


I won big once and I hit the coast

But somehow I paid the big cost

Inside I felt like I was carryin' the broken spirits

Of all the other ones who lost

When the promise is broken you go on living

But it steals something from down in your soul

Like when the truth is spoken and it don't make no difference

Somethin' in your heart goes cold

I followed that dream through the southwestern flats

That dead ends in two-bit bars

And when the promise was broken I was far away from home

Sleepin' in the backseat of a borrowed car

Thunder Road, for the lost lovers and all the fixed games

Thunder Road, Billy and me we'd always say

Thunder Road, we were gonna take it all and throw it all away