The Price You Pay Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Bruce Springsteen
album: Track 7 in album The River
release date: 1980-10-10
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length: 5:30
assistant engineer: Dana Bisbee, Jeff Hendrickson, James Farber, Garry Rindfuss, Raymond Willard
12 string guitar: Bruce Springsteen
drums: Max Weinberg
piano: Roy Bittan
bass: Garry Tallent
organ: Danny Federici
acoustic guitar: Steven Van Zandt
electric guitar: Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen
saxophone: Clarence Clemons
percussion: Clarence Clemons
harmonica: Bruce Springsteen
mastering: Ken Perry
mix: Chuck Plotkin, Toby Scott
producer: Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau
recording: Neil Dorfsman
background vocals: Roy Bittan, Steven Van Zandt, Clarence Clemons
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Cover Art


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You make up your mind, you choose the chance you take
You ride to where the highway ends and the desert breaks
Out on to an open road you ride until the day
You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay

Now with their hands held high, they reached out for the open skies
And in one last breath they built the roads they’d ride to their death
Driving on through the night, unable to break away
From the restless pull of the price you pay

Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
Now you can’t walk away from the price you pay

Now they’d come so far and they’d waited so long
Just to end up caught in a dream where everything goes wrong
Where the dark of night holds back the light of the day
And you’ve gotta stand and fight for the price you pay

Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
Now you can’t walk away from the price you pay

Little girl down on the strand
With that pretty little baby in your hands
Do you remember the story of the promised land
How he crossed the desert sands
And could not enter the chosen land
On the banks of the river he stayed
To face the price you pay

So let the game start, you better run you little wild heart
You can run through all the nights and all the days
But just across the county line, a stranger passing through put up a sign
That counts the men fallen away to the price you pay, and girl before the end of the day,
I’m gonna tear it down and throw it away

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