WORKING ON A DREAM

Album version

Out here the nights are long, the days are lonely
I think of you and I'm working on a dream
I'm working on a dream

Now the cards I've drawn's a rough hand, darlin'
I straighten my back and I'm working on a dream
I'm working on a dream

I'm working on a dream
Though sometimes it feels so far away
I'm working on a dream
And how it will be mine someday

Rain pourin' down, I swing my hammer
My hands are rough from working on a dream
From working on a dream

I'm working on a dream
Though trouble can feel like it's here to stay
I'm working on a dream
Our love will chase the trouble away

[whistling interlude]

I'm working on a dream
Though it can feel so far away
I'm working on a dream
And our love will make it real someday

Sunrise come, I climb the ladder
The new day breaks and I'm working on a dream
I'm working on a dream
I'm working on a dream
I'm working on a dream

I'm working on a dream
Though it can feel so far away
I'm working on a dream
And our love will make it real someday
I'm working on a dream
Though it can feel so far away
I'm working on a dream
And our love will make it real someday

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Page last updated: 03 Feb 2009

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, WORKING ON A DREAM is the third track on his 2009 album Working On A Dream.

The above lyrics are for Springsteen's studio version of WORKING ON A DREAM as released on Working On A Dream. This album version was also included on the Collection: 1973-2012 compilation album in 2013.

Debut

WORKING ON A DREAM appeared for the first time on 02 Nov 2008 when Springsteen debuted it live during his performance at the Change We Need Rally for 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama in Cleveland, OH. Check out the live 02 Nov 2008 version for more details.

A 90-seconds snippet of the studio version was played on 16 Nov 2008 on NBC's Sunday Night Football over halftime highlights. The song debuted in its complete form on 21 Nov 2008, airing on radio stations and their websites.

Single release

WORKING ON A DREAM, the album's leading single, was officially released on 24 Nov 2008 at the iTunes Store and BruceSpringsteen.net as a free digital download single for one day only. Between 25 Nov and 09 Dec 2008, the track became a paid download exclusively available at the iTunes Store.

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The single made its first national singles sales chart appearance on 02 Dec 2008 when it entered the UK Singles Chart at position #195. It also charted in several European countries.

Country Chart Peak position Weeks in chart Charting period
UK   195 1  
Holland   65 1  
Norway   9 1  
Sweden   37 1  
Poland   12 8  
Croatia   1 7  

A music video appeared on some foreign sites showing the recording of the song.

WORKING ON A DREAM was released as a US-only 1-track CD single sold exclusively at Circuit City consumer electronics stores. Customers buying the disc - which retailed at a mere $0.99 - also received a $2 discount coupon good for purchase of the full Working On A Dream album. However, Circuit City unfortunately went out of business less than two weeks before it was released. The CD comes in a stickered jewel case with song lyrics on the rera. Catalogue # COL 88697 44673 2.

The song was also released on 1-track promo CD-R's in several countries, the US, UK, Holland, and France.

Working On A Dream

Working On A Dream is Springsteen's 24th album (and 16th studio album). It was released on 27 Jan 2009 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 17 Nov 2008. The album is produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded with the E Street Band during breaks on their 2007-2008 Magic Tour. It was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.

Springsteen said about the album, "Towards the end of recording 'Magic,' excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope 'Working on a Dream' has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end."

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The album features 12 new Springsteen compositions plus a bonus track and clocks at 51:08.

Working On A Dream track list:

  1. OUTLAW PETE
  2. MY LUCKY DAY
  3. WORKING ON A DREAM
  4. QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET
  5. WHAT LOVE CAN DO
  6. THIS LIFE
  7. GOOD EYE
  8. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
  9. LIFE ITSELF
  10. KINGDOM OF DAYS
  11. SURPRISE SURPRISE
  12. THE LAST CARNIVAL
  13. THE WRESTLER [bonus track]

A deluxe edition of Working On A Dream features a bonus DVD that contains a 38-minute behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of the album. Produced, directed, and edited by Thom Zimny, it includes studio footage edited to the tracks of MY LUCKY DAY, QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET, KINGDOM OF DAYS, WORKING ON A DREAM, LIFE ITSELF, and THE LAST CARNIVAL. It also contains demos and early band versions of the songs as they were worked up. The DVD also includes video for A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL.

The album is also available as a vinyl record.

Collection: 1973-2012

Collection: 1973-2012 is a Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records in 2013. It was released on 08 Mar 2013 in Australia and 15 Apr 2013 in Europe. The compilation was not released commercially in the United States. Instead, a promotional version was given out exclusively to $1,500 ticket holders at the "MusiCares Person Of The Year" tribute event held in Los Angeles, CA, on 08 Feb 2013. The event honoured Springsteen for both his artistic achievements and philanthropic efforts. The compilation consists of 18 previously released studio tracks.

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Live History

WORKING ON A DREAM appeared for the first time on 02 Nov 2008 when Springsteen debuted it live during his performance at the Change We Need Rally for 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama on Malls A, B and C in Cleveland, OH. See the live 02 Nov 2008 version for more details.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed at the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl XLIII halftime show which took place on 01 Feb 2009 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL. WORKING ON A DREAM, in a stripped-down form, was among the 4 songs Springsteen and the band performed during their 12-minute set.

Available Versions

List of available versions of WORKING ON A DREAM on this website:

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the help. Info and scans for the some of the above singles are taken from the Lost In The Flood website.