DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN

Live 09 Mar 2012 version

One, two, three, four!

Well, no cannonballs did fly, no rifles cut us down
No bombs fell from the sky, no blood soaked the ground
No powder flash blinded the eye, no deathly thunder sounded
But just as sure as the hand of God, they brought death to my hometown
They brought death to my hometown, hey!

No shell ripped the evening sky, no cities burning down
No armies stormed the shores for which we'd die, no dictators were crowned
I awoke from a quiet night, I never heard a sound
The marauders raided in the dark and brought death to my hometown
They brought death to my hometown, hey!

They destroyed our families, factories, and they took our homes
They left our bodies on the plains, the vultures picked our bones

So listen up, my sonny boy, be ready when they come
For they'll be returning sure as the rising sun
Get yourself a song to sing, sing it 'til you're done
Yeah, sing it hard, sing it well
Send the robber barons straight to hell
The greedy thieves who came around
And ate the flesh of everything they found
Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
Who walk the streets as free men now, now, now

They brought death to our hometown
Death to our hometown
Death to our hometown
Death to our hometown, hey!

Hey!


Page last updated: 10 Mar 2012

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 09 Mar 2012 performance of DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN at Apollo Theater in New York City, NY, during the Sirius Satellite Radio 10-year anniversary celebration. Shortly after the show, a pro-shot video for the song was made available on Bruce Springsteen's official website.

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The 09 Mar 2012 Show

This was a special event at the 1500-seat historic Apollo Theater, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Sirius Satellite Radio, which has been hosting exclusive Bruce Springsteen channel E Street Radio since October 2005. Tickets were only available to special guests, plus a couple of hundred winners of a contest held by Sirius XM for its subscribers. Among the crowd were numerous celebrities, including Tom Hanks and family, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ben Stiller, Elvis Costello, Harry Belafonte, Michael J. Fox, Tommy Hilfiger, Brian Williams and many more. The concert, which raised money for WhyHunger charity, was broadcast live on E Street Radio and was also professionally filmed.


Promotional poster for the 09 Mar 2012 show at Apollo Theater, New York City, NY

09 Mar 2012 concert setlist:

  1. WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN
  2. WRECKING BALL
  3. BADLANDS
  4. DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN
  5. MY CITY OF RUINS
  6. THE E STREET SHUFFLE
  7. JACK OF ALL TRADES
  8. SHACKLED AND DRAWN
  9. WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY
  10. THE PROMISED LAND
  11. MANSION ON THE HILL
  12. THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
  13. 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.)
  14. THE RISING
  15. WE ARE ALIVE
  16. THUNDER ROAD
  17. ROCKY GROUND
  18. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS
  19. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  20. HOLD ON I'M COMIN'
Marquee for the 09 Mar 2012 show at Apollo Theater, New York City, NY
Christopher Phillips photo (Backstreets.com), used with permission

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