The Navesink Banks Lyrics

The Gaslight Anthem


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Brian Fallon
album: Track 6 in album Sink or Swim
release date: 2007-5-29
popularity : 3 users have visited this page.
length: 2:49

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All hope abandon, ye who enter here
Said the sign I read that was hangin' above her bed
And the sirens all were wailin', but a man can ignore the signs
Gotta keep a good eye on the windin' road ahead

And my first sin was a young American girl
My first sin was a young American girl

And I spent time 'neath the trestles
With the punks and the dime store saints
Kept faith and a switchblade stuffed beneath my coat
And I ran with dirty angels, slept out in the rain
We were scared and tired and barely 17

And my first sin was a fear that made me old
My first sin was a fear that made me old

Now I walk down by the shipyards
Near the place where I was born
Sayin' "Oh, Maria, if you'da known me when"

But she only smiles
By the light on the Navesink banks
Sayin' "Listen baby, I know you now"

Then she steps into the river
And I just stand by the moon
Thinkin' 'bout a ghost I hear at night

And she says "Your first sin was a lie you told yourself"
"Your first sin was a lie you told yourself"

Track Listing

  • 1 Boomboxes and Dictionaries
  • 2 I Coul’da Been a Contender
  • 3 Wooderson
  • 4 We Came to Dance
  • 5 1930
  • 6 The Navesink Banks
  • 7 Red in the Morning
  • 8 I’da Called You Woody, Joe
  • 9 Angry Johnny and the Radio
  • 10 Drive
  • 11 We’re Getting a Divorce, You Keep the Diner
  • 12 Red at Night