Point Blank

Album: The River (1980)
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  • Do you still say your prayers little darlin'
    Do you go to bed at night
    Prayin' that tomorrow, everything will be alright
    But tomorrow's fall in number
    In number one by one
    You wake up and you're dying
    You don't even know what from

    Well they shot you point blank
    You been shot in the back
    Baby point blank you been fooled this time
    Little girl that's a fact
    Right between the eyes, baby, point blank
    Right between the pretty lies that they tell
    Little girl you fell

    You grew up where young girls they grow up fast
    You took what you were handed and left behind what was asked
    But what they asked baby wasn't right
    You didn't have to live that life
    I was gonna be your Romeo you were gonna be my Juliet
    These days you don't wait on Romeos
    You wait on that welfare check
    And on all the pretty things that you can't ever have
    And on all the promises

    That always end up point blank
    Shot between the eyes
    Oh, point blank
    Like little white lies you tell to ease the pain
    You're walkin' in the sights, girl of point blank
    And it's one false move and baby the lights go out

    Once I dreamed we were together again
    Baby you and me
    Back home in those old clubs the way we used to be
    We were standin' at the bar
    It was hard to hear
    The band was playin' loud and you were shoutin' somethin' in my ear
    You pulled my jacket off and as the drummer counted four
    You grabbed my hand and pulled me out on the floor
    You just stood there and held me, then you started dancin' slow
    And as I pulled you tighter I swore I'd never let you go

    Well I saw you last night down on the avenue
    Your face was in the shadows but I knew that it was you
    You were standin' in the doorway out of the rain
    You didn't answer when I called out your name
    You just turned, and then you looked away
    Like just another stranger waitin' to get blown away

    Point blank
    Right between the eyes
    Oh, point blank
    Right between the pretty lies you fell
    Point blank
    Shot straight through the heart

    Yeah point blank
    You've been twisted up 'til you've become just another part of it
    Point blank, you're walkin' in the sights
    Point blank
    Livin' one false move just one false move away
    Point blank
    They caught you in their sights
    Point blank
    Did you forget how to love
    Girl, did you forget how to fight
    Point blank
    They must have shot you in the head
    'Cause point blank
    Bang bang baby you're dead Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Jimmy T from Hillsburgh, On, CanadaI can't believe I found several people in this thread that agree with my point of view - that this is one of the most haunting "Bruce" tunes that he has ever written. Along with 41 shots they are my 'go to' duo of tunes that fill my body with goosebumps. I agree with those of you that voiced the opinion that Bruce is a genius. 100% true and a very modest and down-to-earth one at that.
  • Yvonne Murphy from BcDoes anyone have the original lyrics?
  • Bill from Ft. Thomas, Ky"Point Blank" dealt with the breakup of Bruce's relationship with photographer Lynn Goldsmith.
  • Ricky from Ohsweken, -francois, A welfare check is Financial support given (usually by the government to those who apply who are unemployed) to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need.
  • Marty from Milwaukee, WiScott, I have a bootleg from 1978 at the Roxy and you are right the lyrics are very different.
  • John from New Haven Ct, CtI heard a different story of where the title Thunder Road came from. Bruce was on a road trip to California and came upon a secluded house in the desert with the sign Thunder Road and a warning not to enter. So bruce stopped, got out of the car and went into the house alone. He came out some time later and said nothing to the other people in the car. The song has nothing to do with that stop except for the title. This was told to me by a friend who was in that car back in the early 70's.
  • Francois from Lyon, Francehi. could someone please explain me exactly what means "welfare check" ? thanks in advance.
  • P from Chicago, IlWhat a writer Springsteen is. This song is so powerful it's almost painful to listen to.
  • Ben from Wellington, New ZealandBruce is a genius this has to be one of his best songs
  • Marilynn from Milwaukee, WiI'm right there with ya, Steve in MO! In my opinion, it's one of Springsteen's most moving songs...the kind of melody and lyrics that still give me goosebumps when I hear 'em.
  • Scott from Chicago, IlIt's interesting how some songs, like any writing, evolve. I've got a 1978 bootleg record of a Springsteen concert in Passiac, N.J., in which he introduces "Point Blank" two years before he put it on "The River." The Passiac version is very different. It starts with the same opening verse and has that same haunting piano melody throughout, but the tempo changes are different, the chorus is arranged differently and the lyrics, after the opening, are almost all different, telling a different story. There's no bar scene, no avenue, no welfare check. Instead there's a much more intimate story about a girl losing faith and turning to drugs. "Shot you point blank" refers to a needle... I love both versions. I think they could be the same story, but it would be a very different story than most people know. It could work great. I don't know if Springsteen ever performed the song with the combined lyrics. It would be long, but it would be powerful.
  • Conor from Dublin, Irelandspot on Steve an absolute gem from Bruce with a powerful lyric bang bang baby your dead
  • Steve from Fenton, MoI can't believe nobody has commented on this song. This is absolutely one of Bruce's best.
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