‘Leah’ os a lovely grace note in the middle of Bruce Springsteen’s 2005 album Devils & Dust, an otherwise somber collection. This song isn’t exactly ‘Walking on Sunshine,’ but compared to some of the downers on this record, it may as well be.
Springsteen has released a lot of good albums in the 15 years since Devils & Dust, but I’d call this record his last great one. It has an intimacy and power you don’t encounter very often.
In concert, Springsteen had this to say about ‘Leah’:
We all we carry with us the seeds of our destruction, a great joke played on us by God. It comes along with free will, or semi-free will. We also carry with us the seeds to bring good things into it all, so this is a song about a man who finally figures out how to come down on just the right side of that equation
I want to build me a house, on higher ground
I want to find me a world, where love’s the only sound
High above this road, filled with shadow and doubt
I want to shoulder my load, and figure it all out
I walk this road, with a hammer and a fiery lantern
With this hand I’ve built, and with this I’ve burned
I want to live in the same house, beneath the same roof
Sleep in the same bed, search for the same proof
I got something in my heart, I been waiting to give
I got a life I want to start, one I been waiting to live
No more waiting, tonight I feel the light I say the prayer
I open the door, I climb the stairs