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
The barbershop on South Street
I looked in their faces
They were all rank strangers to me
The 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]
[Sax 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]
[sax break]


Page last updated: 06 Oct 2013

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, LONG WALK HOME is the tenth track on his 2007 album Magic.

The above lyrics are for Springsteen's studio version of LONG WALK HOME as released on Magic.

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.

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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 new Bruce Springsteen compositions 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.

Magic track list:

  1. RADIO NOWHERE
  2. YOU'LL BE COMIN' DOWN
  3. LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE
  4. YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY
  5. GYPSY BIKER
  6. GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES
  7. I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE
  8. MAGIC
  9. LAST TO DIE
  10. LONG WALK HOME
  11. DEVIL'S ARCADE
  12. TERRY'S SONG [hidden track]

The album is also available as a vinyl record.

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

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

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

01- LONG WALK HOME

Live History

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.

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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.

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LONG WALK HOME was performed 100 times during the 100-date-long Magic Tour; 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.

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LONG WALK HOME was performed on the morning of 28 Sep 2007 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's live broadcast on The Today Show.

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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.

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LONG WALK HOME was performed 8 times during the 83-date-long Working On A Dream Tour, all in the United States in the tour's last two months.

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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.

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LONG WALK HOME was performed 10 times during the 133-date-long Wrecking Ball Tour. 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.

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Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's LONG WALK HOME, including:


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

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

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Jackie Barnett -- "Growin Up" With Bruce

CD5 EP - no label (no catalogue number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.

Available Versions

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