No Surrender

Album: Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
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  • Well, we bursted out of class
    Had to get away from those fools
    We learned more from a three-minute record, baby
    Than we ever learned in school
    Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
    I can feel my heart begin to pound
    You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes
    And follow your dreams down

    Well, we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Like soldiers in the winter's night
    With a vow to defend
    No retreat, baby, no surrender

    Well, now young faces grow sad and old
    And hearts of fire grow cold
    We swore blood brothers against the wind
    Now I'm ready to grow young again
    And hear your sister's voice calling us home
    Across the open yards
    Well maybe we'll cut someplace of our own
    With these drums and these guitars

    'Cause we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Blood brothers in the stormy night
    With a vow to defend
    No retreat, baby, no surrender

    Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
    The walls of my room are closing in
    There's a war outside still raging
    You say it ain't ours anymore to win
    I want to sleep beneath
    Peaceful skies in my lover's bed
    With a wide open country in my eyes
    And these romantic dreams in my head

    Once we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Blood brothers in a stormy night
    With a vow to defend
    No retreat, baby, no surrender
    No retreat, baby, no surrender

    Ohh ohh ohh
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    Ohh ohh ohh Writer/s: Bruce Springsteen
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 11

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyCan't believe this wasn't released as a single; our two sons were teen-agers in 1984 and just loved this song, it was their and their friends anthem...
  • Ray from Philadelphia, PaI know I will probably take a beating for this but IMHO the BEST song Bruce ever put out. An anthem for me and my friends through our mid to late teens.
  • Gene from San Diego, CaThis is one awesome song. This, in my opinion, was the best anti-war song ever till he came out with Magic. Brendan, you're right, the whole album is amazing.
  • Brendan from Derwood, MdSteve- how can you say there are only three great songs when there were a record tying 7 top 10 hits? The entire album is amazing
  • Connagheir from Chicago, IlGreat song. I remember being psyched when I heard him playing it. Good portrait of regular Americans.
  • Steve from Fenton, MoOne of only three great songs on the Born in the USA album, the other two being the title song and Bobby Jean.
  • Tom from Rochester, NyIn the movie, Van Damme plays the antagonist, a Russian in fact, who fights the kid trained by Bruce Lee's ghost.
  • Fred from Abilene, TxPerhaps the saddest thing about Kerry losing the election is that we don't get to have Bruce Springsteen as poet laureate.
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaThis features Bruce refering to his band mates as "blood brothers" which is the theme behind Bruce's song "Blood Brothers"
  • Tyler from Hamilton, CanadaJohn Kerry/John Edwards 2004 campaign song.
  • Antonio from Orlando, FlJohn Kerry, Democratic Presidential Candidate, is a big fan of Bruce Springssteen. Reportedly, this is his favorite song.
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