It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Ned Washington, Dimitri Tiomkin
album: Track 9 in album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
release date: 1973-1-5
popularity : 5 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Folk Rock/Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 3:12
remixer: Jack Ashkinazy
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
engineer: Louis Lehav
arranger: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
barcode: 074643190312
script: Latin

Cover Art

Bruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. cover art


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I had skin like leather and the diamond-hard look of a cobra
I could walk like Brando right into the sun
With my blackjack and jacket and hair slicked sweet
When I strut down the street I could hear its heart beat
The cripple on the corner cried out, "Nickels for your pity."
Its so hard to be a saint in the city
I was the king of the alley, mama, I could talk some trash
I was the pimps main prophet I kept everything cool
And when the heat came down it was left on the ground
Showin me a hand I knew even the cops couldnt beat
Its so hard to be a saint when youre just a boy out on the street
And the sages of the subway sit just like the living dead
They ride the line of balance and hold on by just a thread
You get up to get out at your next stop but they push you back down in your seat
Then youre outa that hole and back up on the street
And them South Side sisters sure look pretty
And them downtown boys sure talk gritty


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Blinded by the Light
  • 2 Growin’ Up
  • 3 Mary Queen of Arkansas
  • 4 Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
  • 5 Lost in the Flood
  • 6 The Angel
  • 7 For You
  • 8 Spirit in the Night
  • 9 It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City