Song of the Day #3,571: ‘Across the Border’ – Bruce Springsteen

Has any millionaire rock star ever captured the yearning of the underclass as well as Bruce Springsteen?

Bob Dylan did it in his early years, when he was still something of a vagabond himself, but as he grew older and more successful he turned to more internal and cerebral subject matter (with plenty of exceptions, I know… please spare me the hate comments, Dylanphiles!).

But Bruce is approaching 70, having lived a kingly life for the great majority of that time, and he can still sing from the perspective of a coal miner, a single mom or a death row inmate with gut-wrenching authenticity.

Today’s song, from the 1995 album The Ghost of Tom Joad, captures the romantic longing of an immigrant seeking to cross the border to a better life. It’s 23 years old but couldn’t be more timely.

[Verse 1]
Tonight my bag is packed
Tomorrow I’ll walk these tracks
That will lead me across the border
Tomorrow my love and I
Will sleep beneath auburn skies
Somewhere across the border
We’ll leave behind my dear
The pain and sadness we found here
And we’ll drink from the Bravo’s muddy water
Where the sky grows gray and wide
We’ll meet on the other side
There, across the border

[Verse 2]
For you I’ll build a house
High upon a grassy hill
Somewhere across the border
Where pain and memory
Pain and memory have been stilled
There, across the border
And sweet blossoms fill the air
Pastures of gold and green
Roll down into cool clear waters
And in your arms beneath open skies
I’ll kiss the sorrow from your eyes
There, across the border

[Bridge]
Tonight we’ll sing the songs
I’ll dream of you, my corazón
And tomorrow my heart will be strong
And may the saints blessing and grace
Carry me safely into your arms
There, across the border

[Outro]
For what are we
Without hope in our hearts
That someday we’ll drink from God’s blessed waters
And eat the fruit from the vine
I know love and fortune will be mine
Somewhere across the border

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,571: ‘Across the Border’ – Bruce Springsteen

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m not familiar with this song or the album from which it came, but it is poignant, poetic and beautiful.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I Love Bruce Springsteen! That’s all I have to say.

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