LONG WALK HOME

Album version


Last night I stood at your doorstep trying to figure out what went wrong
You just slipped somethin' into my palm, then you were gone
I could smell the same deep green of summer, above me the same night sky was glowin'
In the distance I could see the town where I was born

It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
A long walk home

In town I passed Sal's grocery, barbershop on South Street
I looked in their faces, they were all rank strangers to me
Hey Veteran's Hall high upon the hill stood silent and alone
The diner was shuttered and boarded with a sign that just said "gone"

It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
It's gonna be a long walk home

[Guitar break]
[Saxophone break]

Here everybody has a neighbor, everybody has a friend
Everybody has a reason to begin again

My father said "Son, we're lucky in this town, it's a beautiful place to be born
It just wraps its arms around you, nobody crowds you and nobody goes it alone
You know that flag flying over the courthouse means certain things are set in stone
Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't"

It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
It's gonna be a long walk home
It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me, gonna be a long walk home
It's gonna be a long walk home
It's gonna be a long walk home

[Guitar break]
[Saxophone break]


Info

LONG WALK HOME is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2007 album Magic. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of LONG WALK HOME as released in 2007.

LONG WALK HOME is #8 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Best Songs of 2007.

Composition and Recording

Bruce Springsteen debuted LONG WALK HOME on 11 Nov 2006 in London, England, during The Seeger Sessions Tour. He introduced it as being a "work in progress" – he must have written it not long before, probably in October or early November. See the live 11 Nov 2006 version for more details. That early version features significantly different lyrics and has more verses than the album's version.

The song was recorded during the Magic recording sessions which took place between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. Patrick Warren contributes Chamberlin and/or tack piano on this track.

The lyrics "I looked in their faces / They were all rank strangers to me", and much of this song's theme, are borrowed from the old country/gospel song RANK STRANGERS (TO ME): "They knew not my name and I knew not their faces / I found they were all rank strangers to me".

"In that particular song a guy comes back to his town and recognizes nothing and is recognized by nothing," Springsteen told The New York Times' A. O. Scott. "The singer in 'Long Walk Home,' that's his experience. His world has changed. The things that he thought he knew, the people who he thought he knew, whose ideals he had something in common with, are like strangers. The world that he knew feels totally alien. I think that's what's happened in this country in the past six years."

"It's sort of the summational song of the album," manager Jon Landau told Rolling Stone. "I think it's one of Bruce's great masterpieces."

"That's one of my favorite songs that he's done in a long time," producer Brendan O'Brien told Rolling Stone. "It's mournful, but also hopeful. It has very introspective verses and then he opens up lyrically as the song progresses. It hits me in a real great spot."

Music Video

Although LONG WALK HOME was not released as a single, a music video for the song premiered on 24 Sep 2007 on Amazon.com. The video features real-life scenes from Springsteen's Jersey Shore interpersed with shots of Springsteen at Asbury Park Convention Hall and at Tony's Freehold Grill on East Main Street in Freehold, NJ.


Magic

Magic is Bruce Springsteen's fifteenth studio album. It was released on 02 Oct 2007 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 16 Aug 2007. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA.

Bruce Springsteen -- Magic (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Magic (album cover art)

Magic was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album but failed to win. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's eighth number one album in the U.S. and selling about 335,000 copies in its first week. In addition to the U.S., Magic peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:48. The twelfth track is bonus hidden track that was added to the album two weeks after the album was announced.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on Magic, LONG WALK HOME was also issued on CD-R for promotional purposes in The Netherlands.

Bruce Springsteen -- Long Walk Home
Bruce Springsteen -- Long Walk Home

CD-R single - Sony/BMG (no catalog number) - Holland, 2008

1-track promotional CD-R, comes in a slimline jewel case with picture insert.

01- LONG WALK HOME

Other versions of LONG WALK HOME were also officially released.

live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include one version of LONG WALK HOME.

  1. 12 Feb 2014 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Live History: on-tour

LONG WALK HOME was performed once during the 56-date-long The Seeger Sessions Tour, on 11 Nov 2006 in London, England. See the live 11 Nov 2006 version for more details.

In preparation for the Magic Tour, LONG WALK HOME was performed during all of the tour's three public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park and East Rutherford. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least 5 of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg, and during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in February 2008 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's second U.S. leg.

  1. 10 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 12 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  3. 13 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  4. 18 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  5. 21 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  6. 24 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  7. 25 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  8. 28 Sep 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (public rehearsal)
  9. 25 Feb 2008 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

LONG WALK HOME was performed 100 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008); that is each and every one of the tour's regular dates. The 30 Aug 2008 performance was during Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary Celebration.

  1. 02 Oct 2007 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  2. 05 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  3. 06 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 09 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  5. 10 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  6. 14 Oct 2007 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
  7. 15 Oct 2007 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  8. 17 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  9. 18 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  10. 21 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  11. 22 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  12. 25 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  13. 26 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  14. 29 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  15. 30 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  16. 02 Nov 2007 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  17. 04 Nov 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  18. 05 Nov 2007 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  19. 11 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  20. 12 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  21. 14 Nov 2007 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  22. 15 Nov 2007 at Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  23. 18 Nov 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  24. 19 Nov 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  25. 25 Nov 2007 at Palacio De Deportes De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  26. 26 Nov 2007 at Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain
  27. 28 Nov 2007 at Datch Forum, Milan, Italy
  28. 01 Dec 2007 at Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  29. 02 Dec 2007 at Sap Arena, Mannheim, Germany
  30. 04 Dec 2007 at Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
  31. 08 Dec 2007 at Forum København, Copenhagen, Denmark
  32. 10 Dec 2007 at Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
  33. 12 Dec 2007 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  34. 13 Dec 2007 at Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany
  35. 15 Dec 2007 at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  36. 17 Dec 2007 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  37. 19 Dec 2007 at The O2 Arena, London, England
  38. 28 Feb 2008 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  39. 02 Mar 2008 at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
  40. 03 Mar 2008 at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Canada
  41. 06 Mar 2008 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  42. 07 Mar 2008 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
  43. 10 Mar 2008 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  44. 14 Mar 2008 at Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
  45. 16 Mar 2008 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  46. 17 Mar 2008 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
  47. 20 Mar 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  48. 22 Mar 2008 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  49. 24 Mar 2008 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  50. 28 Mar 2008 at Rose Garden, Portland, OR
  51. 29 Mar 2008 at Keyarena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  52. 31 Mar 2008 at GM Place, Vancouver, BC
  53. 04 Apr 2008 at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
  54. 05 Apr 2008 at HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA
  55. 07 Apr 2008 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  56. 08 Apr 2008 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  57. 13 Apr 2008 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  58. 14 Apr 2008 at Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  59. 22 Apr 2008 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  60. 23 Apr 2008 at Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
  61. 25 Apr 2008 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  62. 27 Apr 2008 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, NC
  63. 28 Apr 2008 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  64. 30 Apr 2008 at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
  65. 02 May 2008 at Bankatlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
  66. 22 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  67. 23 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  68. 25 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  69. 28 May 2008 at Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  70. 30 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  71. 31 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  72. 14 Jun 2008 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
  73. 16 Jun 2008 at LTU Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany
  74. 18 Jun 2008 at Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  75. 21 Jun 2008 at HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg, Germany
  76. 23 Jun 2008 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  77. 25 Jun 2008 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
  78. 27 Jun 2008 at Parc Des Princes, Paris, France
  79. 29 Jun 2008 at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  80. 04 Jul 2008 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  81. 05 Jul 2008 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  82. 07 Jul 2008 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  83. 08 Jul 2008 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  84. 11 Jul 2008 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland
  85. 15 Jul 2008 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  86. 17 Jul 2008 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
  87. 19 Jul 2008 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
  88. 20 Jul 2008 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
  89. 27 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  90. 28 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  91. 31 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  92. 02 Aug 2008 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  93. 15 Aug 2008 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
  94. 16 Aug 2008 at North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
  95. 18 Aug 2008 at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  96. 19 Aug 2008 at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
  97. 21 Aug 2008 at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
  98. 23 Aug 2008 at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
  99. 24 Aug 2008 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  100. 30 Aug 2008 at The Roadhouse At The Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI

In preparation for the Working On A Dream Tour, LONG WALK HOME was performed during one of the tour's two public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in March 2009 in Asbury Park. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least two of the private rehearsals that took place in March 2009 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. 13 Mar 2009 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 17 Mar 2009 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  3. 23 Mar 2009 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)

LONG WALK HOME was performed 8 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009), all in the United States in the tour's last two months.

  1. 02 Oct 2009 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  2. 03 Oct 2009 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  3. 09 Oct 2009 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  4. 13 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  5. 14 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  6. 20 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  7. 20 Nov 2009 at 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
  8. 22 Nov 2009 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY

In preparation for the Wrecking Ball Tour, LONG WALK HOME is known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place between Januray and March 2012 in Fort Monmouth, Trenton, and Asbury Park prior to the tour's first U.S. leg.

  1. 12 Mar 2012 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

LONG WALK HOME was performed 10 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013). The song was played in a full-band arrangement, except on the first of these 10 dates (24 Jul 2012 in Bergen, Norway) when it was played solo acoustic.

  1. 24 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway
  2. 11 Nov 2012 at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  3. 27 Mar 2013 at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
  4. 08 May 2013 at HK Areena, Turku, Finland
  5. 16 May 2013 at Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark
  6. 23 May 2013 at Piazza Del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy
  7. 26 May 2013 at Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
  8. 31 May 2013 at Stadio Euganeo, Padua, Italy
  9. 20 Jun 2013 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England
  10. 23 Jul 2013 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

LONG WALK HOME was performed once during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014). The song was played in its full-band album arrangement. Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 12 Feb 2014 version for more details.

Live History: off-tour

LONG WALK HOME was performed off-tour on 28 Sep 2007 (morning) at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's live broadcast on The Today Show.

  1. 28 Sep 2007 (morning) at Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, NY

Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's LONG WALK HOME.

Mark Wright -- Real World: The Bruce Springsteen Project
Mark Wright -- Real World: The Bruce Springsteen Project

CD - Revolver (REV XD 271) - UK, 2008

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Andrew Nicholson -- Driving All Night: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Volume II
Andrew Nicholson -- Driving All Night: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Volume II

CD - no label (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce
Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce

CD - no label (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LONG WALK HOME on this website:

LONG WALK HOME [Album version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 11 Nov 2006 version]
LONG WALK HOME [Live 12 Feb 2014 version]

Page last updated: 16 Feb 2015