Jackson Cage Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©OBO APRA/AMCOS
album: Track 3 in album The River
release date: 1980-10-10
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length: 3:05
assistant engineer: Raymond Willard, Dana Bisbee, James Farber, Jeff Hendrickson, Garry Rindfuss
harmonica: Bruce Springsteen
electric guitar: Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt
12 string guitar: Bruce Springsteen
drums: Max Weinberg
piano: Roy Bittan
percussion: Clarence Clemons
acoustic guitar: Steven Van Zandt
bass: Garry Tallent
organ: Danny Federici
saxophone: Clarence Clemons
mastering: Ken Perry
mix: Chuck Plotkin, Toby Scott
producer: Steven Van Zandt, Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen
recording: Neil Dorfsman
background vocals: Steven Van Zandt, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

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Driving home she grabs something to eat
Turns a corner and drives down her street
Into a row of houses she just melts away
Like the scenery in another man’s play
Into a house where the blinds are closed
To keep from seeing things she don’t wanna know
She pulls the blinds and looks out on the street
The cool of the night takes the edge off the heat

In the Jackson Cage
Down in the Jackson Cage
You can try with all your might
But you’re reminded every night
That you been judged and handed life
Down in the Jackson Cage

Every day ends in wasted motion
Just crossed swords on the killing floor
To settle back is to settle without knowing
The hard edge that you’re settling for
Because there’s always just one more day
And it’s always gonna be that way
Little girl you’ve been down here so long
I can tell by the way that you move you belong to

The Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage
And it don’t matter just what you say
Are you tough enough to play the game they play
Or will you just do your time and fade away
Down into the Jackson Cage

Baby there’s nights when I dream of a better world
But I wake up so downhearted girl
I see you feeling so tired and confused
I wonder what it’s worth to me or you
Just waiting to see some sun
Never knowing if that day will ever come
Left alone standing out on the street
Till you become the hand that turns the key down in

Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage
Well darlin’ can you understand
The way that they will turn a man
Into a stranger to waste away
Down in the Jackson Cage

Track Listing

  • 1 The Ties That Bind
  • 2 Sherry Darling
  • 3 Jackson Cage
  • 4 Two Hearts
  • 5 Independence Day
  • 6 Hungry Heart
  • 7 Out in the Street
  • 8 Crush on You
  • 9 You Can Look (but You Better Not Touch)
  • 10 I Wanna Marry You
  • 11 The River
  • 1 Point Blank
  • 2 Cadillac Ranch
  • 3 I’m a Rocker
  • 4 Fade Away
  • 5 Stolen Car
  • 6 Ramrod
  • 7 The Price You Pay
  • 8 Drive All Night
  • 9 Wreck on the Highway