CODE OF SILENCE

Live 29 Jun 2000 version

There's a code of silence that we don't dare speak
There's a wall between us and a river so deep
We keep pretending that there's nothing wrong
But there's a code of silence and it can't go on

Is the truth so elusive, so elusive you see
That it ain't enough baby, to bridge the distance between you and me
There's a list of grievance a 100 miles long
There's a code of silence and it can't go on

Well you walk with your eyes open
But your lips they remain sealed
While the vows we made are broken
Beneath the truth you need to reveal
Well I came to know now darlin'
Need to know what's going on
But come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on

Now you walk with your eyes open
But your lips they remain sealed
While the vows we made are broken
Beneath the truth we fear to reveal
I need to know now darlin'
Need to know what's going on
So come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on

There's a code of silence that we don't dare speak
A wall between us and the river's deep
We keep pretending that there's nothing wrong
But there's a code of silence
And it can't go on, (can't go on), can't go on
And it can't go on, and it can't go on, and it can't go on
And it can't go on, yeah yeah (can't go on), and it can't go on
(Can't go on baby), and it can't go on, (can't go on)
No it can't go on, (can't go on)
Aha, aha
Aha, aha
Aha, aha
Aha, aha


Page last updated: 20 Oct 2011

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Jun 2000 performance of CODE OF SILENCE at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The Reunion Tour. It was officially released on The Essential Bruce Springsteen bonus disc in 2003, and won a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (for a solo vocal performance - Singles or Tracks only).


Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
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The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It's part of a series of "Essential" sets released by Sony BMG (previously Sony Music Entertainment). Per liner notes comments by Springsteen, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour; hence, it includes songs from every Springsteen album since his debut. The album was available as a 2-disc set (which clocks at 153:23) and as a limited edition 3-disc set (which clocks at 200:45). For the latter, the third disc contained a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003. The Essential Bruce Springsteen also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart.

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In the liner notes found in The Essential Bruce Springsteen booklet, Bruce Springsteen wrote about CODE OF SILENCE: "Written with Joe Grushecky in the winter of '97 and recorded live in NYC on the '99 tour with the E Street Band."

Awards

Bruce Springsteen's live 29 Jun 2000 version of CODE OF SILENCE, which was officially released in 2003 on The Essential Bruce Springsteen, won a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (for a solo vocal performance - Singles or Tracks only). Springsteen did not attend the award ceremony, which took place on 13 Feb 2005 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance award was given out before the broadcast, and acknowledged during the broadcast by a flash of text at the bottom of the screen.

Available Versions

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