Downbound Train Song Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. cover art
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I had a job, I had a girl
I had something going, mister, in this world
I got laid off down at the lumber yard
Our love went bad, times got hard
Now I work down at the car wash
Where all it ever does is rain
Don't you feel like you're a rider on a downbound train

She just said, "Joe, I gotta go
We had it once, we ain't got it anymore"
She packed her bags, left me behind
She bought a ticket on the Central Line
Nights as I sleep, I hear that whistle whining
I feel her kiss in the misty rain
And I feel like I'm a rider on a downbound train

Last night I heard your voice
You were crying, crying, you were so alone
You said your love had never died
You were waiting for me at home
Put on my jacket, I ran through the woods
I ran till I thought my chest would explode
There in the clearing, beyond the highway
In the moonlight, our wedding house shone
I rushed through the yard
I burst through the front door, my head pounding hard
Up the stairs I climbed
The room was dark, our bed was empty
Then I heard that long whistle whine
And I dropped to my knees, hung my head and cried
Now I swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang
Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
Now, don't it feel like you're a rider on a downbound train

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Born in the U.S.A.
  • 2 Cover Me
  • 3 Darlington County
  • 4 Working on the Highway
  • 5 Downbound Train
  • 6 I’m on Fire
  • 7 No Surrender
  • 8 Bobby Jean
  • 9 I’m Goin’ Down
  • 10 Glory Days
  • 11 Dancing in the Dark
  • 12 My Hometown


  • credits


    album: Track 5 in album Born in the U.S.A.
    release date: 1984-6-4
    popularity : 98 users have visited this page.
    genres: Electronic Rock
    styles: Garage Rock/Arena Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 3:38
    piano: Roy Bittan
    lead vocals: Bruce Springsteen
    mixer: Bob Clearmountain
    recorded by: Toby Scott
    organ: Danny Federici
    guitar: Bruce Springsteen
    acoustic guitar: Steven Van Zandt
    percussion: Clarence Clemons
    mandolin: Steven Van Zandt
    saxophone: Clarence Clemons
    choir vocals: Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan and Steven Van Zandt
    glockenspiel: Danny Federici
    synthesizer: Roy Bittan
    drumset: Max Weinberg
    bass guitar: Garry Tallent
    assistant engineer: Bruce Lampcov, Jeff Hendrickson, John R. Davenport, Billy Straus and Zoë Yanakas
    composer: Bruce Springsteen
    lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

    Album Information

    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 074643865326
    script: Latin