I was driving through my hometown I was just kinda killin' time When I seen a face staring out of a black velvet painting From the window of the five and dime I couldn't quite recall the name But the pose looked familiar to me So I asked the salesgirl "Who was that man Between the doberman and Bruce Lee?" She said "Just a local hero" "Local hero" she said with a smile "Yeah a local hero he used to live here for a while"
I met a stranger dressed in black At the train station He said "Son your soul can be saved" There's beautiful women nights of low livin' And some dangerous money to be made There's a big town 'cross the whiskey line And if we turn the right cards up They make us boss the devil pays off And them folks that are real hard up They get their local hero Somebody with the right style They get their local hero Somebody with just the right smile
Well I learned my job I learned it well Fit myself with religion and a story to tell First they made me the king then they made me pope Then they brought the rope
I woke to a gypsy girl sayin' "Drink this" Well my hands had lost all sensation These days I'm feeling all right 'Cept I can't tell my courage from my desperation From the tainted chalice Well I drunk some heady wine Tonight I'm layin' here But there's something in my ear Sayin' there's a little town just beneath the floodline Needs a local hero Somebody with the right style Lookin' for a local hero Someone with the right smile Local hero local hero she said with a smile Local hero he used to live here for a while
Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
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Floyd Lamore from Collge Park Maryland, FlThe College Park Kid thinks this is Bruce's best effort, sadly w/out THE Band. Sometimes I think of my hometown College Park and my running budies, Bo,JB,Ronnie, and the infamous Art Carney. When I re-visit the heritage hits me and this song will blare. Forgive my indulgence, but the Boss creates bonding similarities in his music and this song jumped out at me when I first heard the disc. Leap of Faith and Living Proof and on from there. Being near the Nation's Capital as a college Vet in the early '70's I would have the incredible good fortune to know who to talk to for a front row table in the small venues he was then playing. Like The Childe Harolde and Cellar Door, with his guitar picks on my table, our liquid courage and his incredible creative energy of Rosalita etc... surrounding us. So many wonderful times and magic and then this disc speaking concisely to his life. UNREAL yet so grateful. Thank you for the lift BOSS.
Gene from San Diego, CaGreat song, one of the best on the album. The line "if they make us the boss, the devil pays off" might have some relevance to his name (The Boss)...
Tyler from Hamilton, CanadaThe picture was valued at 19.99 so Bossman tells everyone in the Mtv Plugged concern in 92.
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