Downbound Train Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Bruce Springsteen
album: Track 5 in album Born in the U.S.A.
release date: 1984-6-4
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length: 3:38
assistant engineer: Zoë Yanakas, John R. Davenport, Jeff Hendrickson, Bruce Lampcov, Billy Straus
acoustic guitar: Steven Van Zandt
mandolin: Steven Van Zandt
percussion: Clarence Clemons
organ: Danny Federici
glockenspiel: Danny Federici
guitar: Bruce Springsteen
piano: Roy Bittan
saxophone: Clarence Clemons
bass guitar: Garry Tallent
drumset: Max Weinberg
synthesizer: Roy Bittan
mix: Bob Clearmountain
recording: Toby Scott
choir vocals: Garry Tallent, Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan
lead vocals: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

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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

  • 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