Youngstown

Album: The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995)
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  • Here in north east Ohio
    Back in eighteen-o-three
    James and Danny Heaton
    Found the ore that was linin' yellow creek
    They built a blast furnace
    Here along the shore
    And they made the cannon balls
    That helped the union win the war

    Here in Youngstown
    Here in Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    Well my daddy worked the furnaces
    Kept 'em hotter than hell
    I come home from 'Nam worked my way to scarfer
    A job that'd suit the devil as well
    Taconite, coke and limestone
    Fed my children and made my pay
    Then smokestacks reachin' like the arms of god
    Into a beautiful sky of soot and clay

    Here in Youngstown
    Here in Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    Well my daddy come on the 0hio works
    When he come home from world war two
    Now the yards just scrap and rubble
    He said, "Them big boys did what Hitler couldn't do"
    These mills they built the tanks and bombs
    That won this country's wars
    We sent our sons to Korea and Vietnam
    Now we're wondering what they were dyin' for

    Here in Youngstown
    Here in Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    From the Monongaleh valley
    To the Mesabi iron range
    To the coal mines of Appalacchia
    The story's always the same
    Seven-hundred tons of metal a day
    Now sir you tell me the world's changed
    Once I made you rich enough
    Rich enough to forget my name

    In Youngstown
    In Youngstown
    My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down
    Here darlin' in Youngstown

    When I die I don't want no part of heaven
    I would not do heavens work well
    I pray the devil comes and takes me
    To stand in the fiery furnaces of hellWriter/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing
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Comments: 19

  • Vance R from Riverview , Mi Dittio to all the comments regarding now defunct steel mill towns - we will never recover no matter how many Wal-Marts are put up. Bruce gets that and captures the hopelessness so well in this song. Drive down West Jefferson in Downriver Detroit (watch for the pot holes)... a real-life Springsteen song.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyGreat song from a great CD; rates right up there with 'Nebraska'. Especially liked "Highway 29"!!!
  • Neal from Youngstown, Oh Growing up in Youngstown when it was one of the largest steel making cities in the country just to watch it dwindle down to ashes was hard to watch. I remember as a kid on a warm summer night you could see the reddish orange glow of molten steel in the skies from different mills along the river as it was being poured. It was booming town with huge mansions lined up on Logan Ave. for miles and miles. Youngstown was also a place where the Warner brothers lived a good part of their young lives. Jack Warner worked as a young man cutting meat in a butcher shop downtown. When he sold the Warner Brothers Studios he commented on who would have thought a young butcher from Youngstown, Ohio could end up so well off. But her best days are behind her and a lot of its children have grown and moved on. But it's amazing how many miss this area and eventually move back home. If you ever have a chance to Google its' history, you'll be amazed at some of the successful people who were from Youngstown.
  • Sami from Stockholm, SwedenHe played this song in Stockholm this summer ( Instead of playing Ghost of Tom Joad) I love both songs but i am so happy that he played this one cause ever since i saw the Live In New York DVD for the first time i have loved it, and he played a electric version of it wich totally blew my mind.
    I also think the line " Once I made you rich enough/ Rich enough to forget my name" is one the best lines in a song, ever.
  • Christian from Pa, PaThe song is a great tribute.
    The music is also great and it should be...Bruce apparently stole it from Bob Segar's "Turn the Page"!
  • Susanna from Helsinki, FinlandThe song is based on Michael Williamson book "Journey to Nowhere" and tells the actual story of two steelworkers, father Ken Platt Sr, and son, Ken Platt Jr.

    Taconite (iron ore), coke and limestone are the feedstock of a blast furnace. The scarfer burns off any irregularities of finished steel. The Jeannette blast furnace, "sweet Jenny", was taken out of blast 1977 and demolished two decades later.
  • Susanna from Helsinki, FinlandThe song is based on Michael Williamson book "Journey to Nowhere" and tells the actual story of two steelworkers, father Ken Platt Sr, and son, Ken Platt Jr.

    Taconite (iron ore), coke and limestone are the feedstock of a blast furnace. The scarfer burns off any irregularities of finished steel. The Jeannette blast furnace, "sweet Jenny", was taken out of blast 1977 and demolished two decades later.
  • Bruce from Johnstown, PaGood tune.
  • Rob from Detroit, MiI am originally from Steubenville, another mill town sixty miles south of Youngstown. It strikes me as uncanny how Springsteen ( and likewise Billy Joel's Allentown) can capture the flavor and poignancy of the entire steel making process.
  • Greg from Grand Rapids, MiMy best friend's dad worked the steel mills in Youngstown. He told me this song pretty much says how he and many others feel about it all.
  • Frank from Youngstown, OhI live in Youngstown,and this song fits everything down to a T. My father, uncle, grandfather, and countless other relatives all worked the mill until close. The closing hit the family pretty badly since there wasn't much else to do here at the time.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiGlenn from New Zealand don't sweat it. Popularity of yesteryears rockers comes and goes. Bruce will be hot again in 10 years or so, like Zeppelin is now and the Beatles are always coming and going and around we go. Things go in cycles. Cripes even the Monkeys got hot awhile ago. People will continue to rediscover Bruce as long as forever is around.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiI agree with the posters here on the Nils Lofgren solo. What a vastly underated guitar player. He added a lot to the E Street Band. I love Bruce and Miami Steve, and I've seen them a ton like I'm sure you guys have, but they aren't in the same guitar picking league with Lofgren. This song live is "Living Proof" :)
  • Steve from Fenton, MoThis is one of only about 10 songs I like of Springsteen's since the River album. The electric version of this song on the live in New York City cd is incredible. The lyrics on this song are some of Bruce's best
  • Phil from Youngstown, OhAs a lifelong resident of Youngstown, Ohio this song hits close to home obviously. My grandfather worked at the steel mill until they closed. Reminds me of him. Bruce came and sang this song here. Nice to see Bruce put us on the map and to bring to light the sad story that is the steel mills in Youngstown and other similar cities.
  • Tom from Hartford, CtAgreed - some of Bruce's best writing ever. How about this line? Brilliant.
    Once I made you rich enough/
    Rich enough to forget my name
  • Thomas from Reichshoffen, FranceOne of my favorite songs ever... Heard it first at a Boss' show in Paris around 1999. Nils' solo is awesome and lyrics need no comment! I read something like "Springsteen's version of Dylan's 'With God On Our Side'" ; there's something with it.
  • Carlos from Albacete, SpainI´m agree with Glenn. Most of the lyrics from The Ghost of Tom Joad album are great verses from a great poet.When this song was performed in the Reunion Tour 1999-2000, it included an amazing guitar solo by Nils Lofgren
  • Glenn from Dunedin, New ZealandIts disappointing you have so few comments posted about Springsteen, I couldn't stand that you didn't have the lyrics for this song - so I've submitted them. Whats wrong with the world?! Are we just going to forget about this/last century's poets? "When I die I don't want no part of heaven, I would not do heavens work well, I pray the devil comes and takes me, To stand in fiery furnaces of hell."
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