Album: American Babylon (1995)

Songfacts®:

  • This was one of two songs (the other is "Dark and Bloody Ground") Bruce Springsteen co-wrote for the American Babylon album, which he also produced. While working on the album, The Boss encouraged Grushecky to put more effort into his songwriting. "So I went home and I was on a mission to write some good songs," he explained in our interview. "I had this lyric for something about Homestead, which is like the quintessential steel mill town here in Pittsburgh. I knew a lot of guys that worked there personally, and our families worked there. So I had to come up with a really good lyric."
  • Springsteen and Grushecky first met in 1980 through Steven Van Zandt, Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist who also produced Have a Good Time but Get out Alive! for Grushecky's Iron City Houserockers band that same year. The two have been friends ever since.

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