This Is Your Sword

Album: High Hopes (2014)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • In the early 2010s, Springsteen said he was working on a gospel album before scrapping it for the more political Wrecking Ball. "We Take Care of Our Own," "Shackled and Drawn" and "Rocky Ground" were all songs on his 2012 LP that probably originated from his aborted project. This Celtic-tinged ballad, which finds Springsteen promising "days of miracle" and "the power of love revealed" most likely came from the same sessions.
  • This is the only track on which Max Weinberg does not play drums; instead, that role was filled by Josh Freese, who was the stickman for Nine Inch Nails from late 2005 until late 2008 and A Perfect Circle from 1999 to 2012.

    Producer Ron Aniello told Rolling Stone why Freese ended up this track. "He (Springsteen) gave me demos and I was trying to get them into shape," Aniello explained. "He was on the road and I was in Los Angeles. Max was busy on the tour, so I went through and brought Josh in to play drums. Bruce and I play drums all the time on demos just to see what it sounds like without a drum machine. That's how Josh wound up on that song. Max pretty much played everything else."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions Answered

Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions AnsweredSong Writing

10 Questions for the author of Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.

Dean Pitchford

Dean PitchfordSongwriter Interviews

Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."

The Real Nick Drake

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

Zac Hanson

Zac HansonSongwriter Interviews

Zac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.

Art Alexakis of Everclear

Art Alexakis of EverclearSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer of Everclear, Art is also their primary songwriter.