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
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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.
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.