Reason To Believe

Album: Nebraska (1982)
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  • Seen a man standin' over a dead dog lyin' by a highway in a ditch
    He's lookin' down kinda puzzled, pokin' that dog with a stick
    Got his car doors flung open he's standin' out on Highway thirty-one
    Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
    Struck me kinda funny, seem kinda funny, sir, to me
    Still, at the end of every hard day people find some reason to believe

    Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
    She said "Baby, I'll work for you every day, bring my money home to you"
    One day he up and left her and ever since that
    She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
    Struck me kinda funny, funny, yeah, to me
    How at the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe

    Take a baby to the river, Kyle William they called him
    Wash the baby in the water, take away little Kyle's sin
    In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
    Take his body to the graveyard and over him they pray
    Lord won't you tell us, tell us what does it mean
    At the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe

    Congregation gathers down by the riverside
    Preacher stands with a Bible, groom stands waitin' for his bride
    Congregation gone, the sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree
    Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on, so effortlessly
    Wonderin' where can his baby be
    Still, at the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe Writer/s: Bruce Springsteen
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 8

  • Austin from KentuckyI hear the song as one of Hope, even if a desperate hope that is clung to. John McCutcheon covers this song in a mashup with Tom Chapin on his album "Live at the Wolf Trap" that is a little more up tempo. To Kyle in New Zealand, in Catholic Tradition, all newborns carry the taint of 'original sin' (Garden of Eden). The Sacrament of Baptism cleanses the child of this sin, and purifies the Soul.
  • Kyle from Dunedin, New Zealandhey guys - Kyle William here as well. Bruce mentions Kyle William was taken to the river to wash away his sins - Why would a baby have any sins?? Either way, when I first heard this as a 12 year old I thought it was some kind of spooky coincidence. I am from New Zealand and there aint that many Kyle William's over here...But in the US its obviously a different story! Love Bruce's work, first time I heard Racing in the Streets Iw as hooked. Cheers!
  • Kyle from Schaumburg, Ilin the song, bruce sings about a boy named Kyle William. my parents actually liked the name and named me after it. my first name is Kyle and my middle is William, so this song kind of has a secret meaning to me.
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaGreat song, catchy but delivers a stern message.
  • Kyle from New York, NyThis is an amazing song...and not only because my name is Kyle William and I am named after this song.
  • Scott from St. Louis, MoSimply a masterpiece. It sums up everything I believe about life. Bruce gives me, and many others I'm sure, reason to believe.
  • Josh from Terre Haute, InListen to the version on the live boxset. Awesome version of this song.
  • Adrian from Kingston, CanadaAmazing song. Reminds me of Devils and Dust.
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