In the summer that I was baptized My father held me to his side As they put me to the water He said how on that day I cried We were prisoners of love, a love in chains He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain With the same hot blood burning in our veins Adam raised a Cain
All of the old faces Ask you why you're back They fit you with position And the keys to your daddy's Cadillac In the darkness of your room Your mother calls you by your true name You remember the faces, the places, the names You know it's never over it's relentless as the rain Adam raised a Cain
In the Bible Cain slew Abel And East of Eden he was cast You're born into this life paying For the sins of somebody else's past Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames Adam raised a Cain
Lost but not forgotten, from the dark heart of a dream Adam raised a Cain
Mark from Worcester, MiMarc, Philadelphia-thanks. That helped.
Gene from San Diego, CaDefinitely a metaphor. Great song. Love the allusions.
Conor from Dublin, IrelandDOTEOT is Bruces best album by a distance ....
Sheldon from Toronto, CanadaThe first in a series of songs about his father. Listen to Adam Raised a Cain, Independance Day, My Father's House, My Hometown, Walk Like a Man and then Long Time Coming and you see a very interesting evolution from lyrics like "You're born into this life paying for the sins of somebody else's past" in Adam Raised a Cain to "Well if I had one wish for you in this god forsaken world, kid.It'd be that your mistakes will be your own. That your sins will be your own" in Long Time Comin
Marc from Philadelphia, PaThis song-- and much of the Darkness on the Edge of Town album-- is inspired by John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," which deals with a repeated father-and-sons story that mirrors a lot of Genesis.