This Hard Land

Album: Greatest Hits (1995)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about two brothers near the Mexico border trying to live off the land. It's far removed from Springsteen's life growing up in New Jersey, but typical of his character-driven songwriting, which in this case takes on a common theme: folks just trying to survive.
  • This is one of five previously unreleased songs on the 1995 Greatest Hits album. "This Hard Land" and "Murder Incorporated" were outtakes from Born In The USA that didn't make it on to that album.
  • The last verse is one of Springsteen's favorites.
  • Springsteen began performing this live in 1993. He played an acoustic version on that tour.
  • Springsteen's longtime Drummer Max Weinberg has said on several occasions that this song, along with "Ramrod," are his favorites to play. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kyle - Belleville, Canada
  • "This Hard Land" is the name of a Springsteen fan group in Finland. When he played a show in Turku, Finland 2013, he played the song and dedicated it to them.

Comments: 3

  • Scott from Sydney, AustraliaBruce perfectly captures the voice, tone and age of the character is he's singing as.
  • Tyler from Hamilton, CanadaBruce considers this one of the greatestlast verses he ever wrote " Stay hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive".
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaGood song, Bruce should play it more.
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