Bruce Springsteen’s new album Letter to You – All the lyrics

On October 23, 2020, Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album, Letter to You, will be released worldwide: 12 songs and 60 minutes of tracks recorded with the E Street Band six years after their latest collective effort, High Hopes, from 2014.

Below, the list of songs featured in the album and all the lyrics to the songs of Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen:

  1. “One Minute You’re Here” 
  2. “Letter to You” 
  3. “Burnin’ Train” 
  4. “Janey Needs a Shooter”
  5. “Last Man Standing” 
  6. “The Power of Prayer” 
  7. “House of a Thousand Guitars”
  8. “Rainmaker” 
  9. “If I Was the Priest” 
  10. “Ghosts” 
  11. “Song for Orphans” 
  12. “I’ll See You in My Dreams” 

ONE MINUTE YOU’RE HERE

Big black train coming down the track
Blow your whistle long and long
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone

I lay my penny down on the rails
As the summer wind sings its last song
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone


Baby, baby, baby
I’m so alone
Baby, baby, baby
I’m coming home


Autumn carnival on the edge of town
We walk down the midway arm-in-arm
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone


I thought I knew just who I was
And what I’d do but I was wrong
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone

Red river running along the edge of town
On the muddy banks
I lay my body down
This body down


Footsteps crackling on a gravel road
Stars vanish in a sky as black as stone
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone
One minute you’re here


LETTER TO YOU

‘Neath a crowd of mongrel trees
I pulled that bothersome thread
Got down on my knees,
grabbed my pen and bowed my head
Tried to summon all that my heart finds true
And send it in my letter to you


Things I found out through hard times and good
I wrote ‘em all out in ink and blood
Dug deep in my soul
and signed my name true
And sent it in my letter to you


In my letter to you
I took all my fears and doubts
In my letter to you
all the hard things I found out
In my letter to you all that I’ve found true
And I sent it in my letter to you


I took all the sunshine and rain
All my happiness and all my pain
The dark evening stars and the morning sky of blue
And I sent it in my letter to you
And I sent it in my letter to you


In my letter to you I took all my fears and doubts
In my letter to you all the hard things I found out
In my letter to you all that I found true
And I sent it in my letter to you
I sent it in my letter to you


BURNIN’ TRAIN

Zero’s my number, time is my hunter
I wanted you to heal me, but instead you set me on fire
We were out over the border, I washed you in holy water
We whispered our black prayers and rose up in flames

Take me on your burnin’ train
Take me on your burnin’ train

Black sun burning
Black wings beating
I ran my fingers across the  the halo of your stomach as you lay breathing
With our shared faith, rising dark and decayed
Take me and shake me from this mortal cage

Take me on your burnin’ train
Take me on your burnin’ train

Something shiny in the light ‘neath your breast
The thick smell with you on my chest


To your bed of thorns
I’ve brought you shining gifts
Wipe the sweat from your brow and touch your lips
She sings and sways outside the endless rain
Darling I’m blessed in your blood and my heart aches


Take me on your burnin’ train
Take me on your burnin’ train
Take me on your burnin’ train


JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER

Well Janey’s got a doctor who tears apart her insides
He investigates her and he silently bates her sighs
He probes with his fingers but he knows her heart only through his stethoscope
His hands are cold and his body’s old
Janey turns him down like dope

Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter like me on her side
Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter man who knows her style
The way that I know her style

Well Janey’s got a priest from his marble pulpit he smiles
He provides conciliation and hears her confessions at any time
Through the pages of his bible he holds from what Janey hides
With her doors open wide she begs “Come inside”
But he’s been frozen so long on the outside

Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter like me on her side
Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter man who knows her style
The way that I know her style

Well Janey’s got a cop who lives ‘round the block and checks on her every night
And his skin turns pale as the siren he’d wail outside when he knew that I’m inside
Janey’s small and sometimes he scared her
So I held her real close, she was more saint than a ghost
And told her I so long had been prepared for her

Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter like me on her side
Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter man who knows her style
The way that I know her style

Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter like me on her side
Janey needs a shooter now
A shooter man who knows her style
The way that I know her style

A man who knows her style
The way that I know her style


LAST MAN STANDING

Faded pictures and an old scrapbook
Faded pictures that somebody took
When you were hard and young and proud
Back against the wall running raw and loud

Snake-skin vest and a shark-skin suit
Cuban heels on your boots
Kick in the band and side by side
You take the crowd on their mystery ride

Knights of Columbus and the Fireman’s Ball
Friday night at the Union Hall
The black-leather clubs all along Route 9
You count the names of the missing as you count off time

Rock of ages, lift me somehow
Somewhere high and hard and loud
Somewhere deep into the heart of the crowd
I’m the last man standing now
I’m the last man standing now

Out of school and out of work
So I held her real close, she was more saint than a ghost
Thrift store jeans and flannel shirts
The lights go down and you face the crowd
I’m the last man standing now


Lights come up at the Legion Hall
Pool cues go back up on the wall
You pack your guitar and have one last beer
With just the ringing in your ears

Rock of ages, lift me somehow
Somewhere high and hard and loud
Somewhere deep into the heart of the crowd
I’m the last man standing now
I’m the last man standing now


THE POWER OF PRAYER

Meet me afternoon ‘neath the summer sun
Right by the lake ‘till the evening comes
I run my fingers through your sun streaked hair
Baby, that’s the power of prayer

Summer nights, summer’s in the air
I stack the tables with the chairs
It’s closing time and you’re standing there
Baby, that’s the power of prayer

It’s a fixed game without any rules
An empty table on a ship of fools
I’m holding hearts, I play the pair
Darlin’, it’s just the power of prayer

It’s a fixed game without any rules
An empty table on a ship of fools
I’m holding hearts, I play the pair
I’m goin’ all in ‘cause I don’t care
They say that love, it comes and goes
But darlin’, what, what do they know?
I’m reaching for Heaven, we’ll make it there
Darlin’, it’s just the power of prayer


It is just the power of prayer
Darlin’, it’s just the power of prayer

Last call, the bouncer shuts the door
This magic moment drifts across the floor
As Ben E. King’s voice fills the air
Baby, that’s the power of prayer


HOUSE OF A THOUSAND GUITARS

The blood moon shines across the vale
Bells ring out through churches and jails
I tally my wounds and count the scars
Here in the house of a thousand guitars


The criminal clown has stolen the throne
He steals what he can never own
May the truth ring out from every small town bar
We’ll light up the house of a thousand guitars

Well, it’s alright, yeah, it’s alright
Meet me darling come Saturday night
All good souls from near and far
We’ll meet in the house of a thousand guitars


Here the bitter and the bored
Wake in search of the lost chord
That’ll band us together for as long as there’s stars
Here in the house of a thousand guitars

Well, it’s alright, yeah, it’s alright
Meet me darling come Saturday night
Brothers and sisters, wherever you are
We’ll meet at the house of a thousand guitars


So we can shake off your troubles, my friend
We’ll go where the music never ends
From the stadiums to the small town bars
We’ll light up the house of a thousand guitars


House of a thousand guitars, house of a thousand guitars
Brothers and sisters wherever you are
We’ll rise together ‘till we find the spark
That’ll light up the house of a thousand guitars


Well, it’s alright, it’s alright
Meet me darling come Saturday night
All good souls from near and far
We’ll meet at the house of a thousand guitars
A thousand guitars, a thousand guitars
A thousand guitars, a thousand guitars


RAINMAKER

Parched crops dying ‘neath a dead sun
We’ve been praying but no good comes
The dog’s howling, home’s stripped bare
We’ve been worried but now we’re scared


People come for comfort or just to come
Taste the dark sticky potion or hear the drums
Hands raised to Yahweh to bring the rain down
He comes crawling ‘cross the dry fields like a dark shroud


Rainmaker a little faith for hire
Rainmaker the house is on fire
Rainmaker take everything you have
Sometimes folks need to believe
in something so bad, so bad, so bad
They’ll hire a rainmaker


Rainmaker says white’s black and black’s white
Says night’s day and day’s night
Says close your eyes and go to sleep now
I’m in a burning field
unloading buckshot into low clouds

Rainmaker a little faith for hire
Rainmaker the house is on fire
Rainmaker take everything you have
Sometimes folks need to believe
in something so bad, so bad, so bad
They’ll hire a rainmaker


Slow-moving wagon drawing through a dry town
Painted rainbow, crescent moon and dark clouds
Brother patriot come forth and lay it down
Your blood brother for king and crown
For your rainmaker


They come for the smile, the firm handshake
They come for the raw chance of a fair shake
Some come to make damn sure, my friend
This mean season’s got nothing to do with them
They come ‘cause they can’t stand the pain
Of another long hot day of no rain
‘Cause they don’t care or understand
What it really takes for the sky to open up the land


Rainmaker a little faith for hire
Rainmaker the house is on fire
Rainmaker take everything you have
Sometimes folks need to believe
in something so bad, so bad, so bad
They’ll hire a rainmaker


IF I WAS THE PRIEST

There’s a light on yonder mountain
And it’s calling me to shine
There’s a girl over by the water fountain
And she’s asking to be mine
And Jesus is standing in the doorway
In a buckskin jacket, boots and spurs so fine
He says, “We need you son tonight up in Dodge City
‘Cause there’s just too many outlaws
Trying to work the same line”


Now if Jesus was a sheriff and I were the priest
If my lady was an heiress and my mama was a thief
If papa rode shotgun on the Fargo line
There’s still too many bad boys trying to work the same line


Well sweet Virgin Mary runs the Holy Grail saloon
For a nickel she’ll give you whiskey and a personally blessed balloon
And the Holy Ghost is the host with the most, he runs the burlesque show
Where they’ll let you in for free and they hit you when you go


Mary serves Mass on Sunday and then she sells her body on Monday
To the bootlegger who pays the highest price
He don’t know he got stuck with a loser
She’s a stone junkie what’s more she’s a user
She’s only been made once or twice by some kind of magic


If Jesus was a sheriff and I was the priest
If my lady was an heiress and my Mama was a thief
And Papa rode shotgun on the Fargo line
There’s still too many outlaws
Trying to work the same line


Well things ain’t been the same in heaven
since big bad Bobby came to town
He’s been known to down eleven, then ask for another round
Me, I’ve got scabs on my knees from kneeling way too long
It’s about time I played the man and took a stand where I belong
Forget about the old friends and the old times
There’s just too many new boys
Trying to work the same line


If Jesus was a sheriff and I were the priest
If my lady was an heiress and my Mama was a thief
And Papa rode shotgun for the Fargo line
There’s just too many outlaws trying to work the same line


Well there’s a light on yonder mountain
And it’s calling me to shine
There’s a girl over by the water fountain
She’s asking to be mine
Jesus is standing in the doorway
Six guns drawn and ready to fan
Said, “We need you son tonight up in Dodge City”
I told him I was already overdue for Cheyenne


If Jesus was the sheriff and I was the priest
If my lady was an heiress and my Mama was a thief
And Papa rode shotgun on the Fargo line
There’s still too many bad boys
Trying to work the same line


GHOSTS

I hear the sound of your guitar
Coming in from the mystic far
The stone and the gravel in your voice
Come in my dreams and I rejoice


It’s just your ghost
Moving through the night
Your spirit filled with light
I need, need you by my side
Your love and I’m alive
And I can feel the blood shiver in my bones
I’m alive and I’m out here on my own
I’m alive and I’m coming home

The old buckskin jacket you always wore
Hangs on the back of my bedroom door
The boots and the spurs you used to ride
Click down the hall but never arrive

It’s just your ghost
Moving through the night
Your spirit filled with light
I need, need you by my side
Your love and I’m alive
I’m alive, I can feel the blood shiver in my bones
I’m alive and I’m out here on my own
I’m alive and I’m coming home


Your old Fender Twin from Johnny’s Music downtown
Still set on 10 to burn this house down
Count the band in then kick into overdrive
By the end of the set we leave no one alive


Ghosts running through the night
Our spirits filled with light
I need
Need you by my side
Your love and I’m alive


I shoulder your Les Paul and finger the fretboard
I make my vows to those who’ve come before
I turn up the volume, let the spirits be my guide
Meet you brother and sister on the other side


I’m alive
I can feel the blood shiver in my bones
I’m alive and I’m out here on my own
I’m alive and I’m coming home
Yeah I’m coming home


SONG FOR ORPHANS

Well the multitude assembled and tried to make the noise
Them black blind poet generals and restless loud white boys
But time’s grew thin and the axis grew somehow incomplete
Where instead of child lions we had aging junkie sheep

Well how many wasted have I seen signed “Hollywood or bust”
And left to ride the ever ghostly Arizona gusts
Cheerleader tramps and kids with big amps sounding in the void
High society vamps, ex-heavyweight champs mistaking soot for soil

So break me now big Mama as Old Faithful breaks the day
Believe me my good Linda, the aurora will shine the way
The Confederacy’s in my name now, the hounds are held at bay
The axis needs a stronger arm, do you feel your muscles play?

Well the doorstep blanket weaver, Madonna pushes bells
From house to house I see her giving last kisses and wishing well
To every gypsy mystic hero that the kids might find a place
Who get lost forever mama and papa on their weekends out in space

Well, sons they search for fathers, but the fathers are all gone
The lost souls search for saviors, but saviors don’t last long
Those nameless questless renegade brats who live their lives in song
They run the length of a candle, in a goodnight whisper and they’re gone

So break me now big Mama as Old Faithful breaks the day
Believe me my good Linda, the aurora will shine the way
The confederacy’s in my name now, the hounds are held at bay
The axis needs a stronger arm, do you feel your muscles play

Well the missions are filled with hermits, they’re looking for a friend
The terraces are filled with cat-men just looking for a way in
Those orphans jumped on silver mountains lost in celestial alleyways
They wait for that old tramp Dog Man Moses, he takes in all the strays

Now don’t you grow on empty legends or lonely cradle songs
Billy the Kid was just a bowery boy who made a living twirling his guns
The night, she’s long and lanky and she speaks in a mother tongue
She lullabies the refugees with amplifier’s hum

So break me now big Mama as Old Faithful breaks the day
Believe me my good Linda, the aurora will shine the way
The confederacy’s in my name now, the hounds are held at bay
The axis needs a stronger arm, do you feel your muscles play


I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

The road is long and seeming without end
The days go on, I remember you, my friend
And though your gone, and my heart’s been empty, it seems
I’ll see you in my dreams

I got your guitar here by the bed
All your favorite records and all the books that you’ve read
And though my soul feels like it’s been split at the seams
I’ll see you in my dreams


I’ll see you in my dreams
When all our summers have come to an end
I’ll see you in my dreams
We’ll meet and live and laugh again
I’ll see you in my dreams, yeah up around the river bend
For death is not the end, and I’ll see you in my dreams


I’ll see you in my dreams
When all our summers have come to an end
I’ll see you in my dreams
We’ll meet and live and laugh again
I’ll see you in my dreams, yeah up around the river bend
For death is not the end, and I’ll see you in my dreams


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