Springsteen, Bruce - Moonlight Motel Lyrics




There's a place on a blank stretch of road where
Nobody travels and nobody goes and the
Deskman says these days 'round here
Two young folks could probably up and disappear into
Rustlin' sheets, a sleepy corner room
Into the musty smell
Of wilted flowers and lazy afternoon hours
At the Moonlight Motel

Now the pool's filled with empty, eight-foot deep
Got dandelions growin' up through the cracks in the concrete
Chain-link fence half-rusted away
Got a sign says "Children be careful how you play"
Your lipstick taste and your whispered secret I promised I'd never tell
A half-drunk beer and your breath in my ear
At the Moonlight Motel

Well then it's bills and kids and kids and bills and the ringing of the bell
Across the valley floor through the dusty screen door
Of the Moonlight Motel

Last night I dreamed of you, my lover
And the wind blew through the window and blew off the covers
Of my lonely bed, I woke to something you said
That it's better to have loved, yeah it's better to have loved
As I drove, there was a chill in the breeze
And leaves tumbled from the sky and fell
Onto a road so black as I backtracked
To the Moonlight Motel

She was boarded up and gone like an old summer song
Nothing but an empty shell
I pulled in and stopped into my old spot

I pulled a bottle of Jack out of a paper bag
Poured one for me and one for you as well
Then it was one more shot poured out onto the parking lot
To the Moonlight Motel





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Springsteen, Bruce Moonlight Motel Comments
  1. Mark Zustovich

    Not a single Grammy nomination for this masterpiece of an album. Not one.

  2. Romain Farrugia

    "So You walk on through the dark, cause that's where the next morning is"... Thank you Bruce

  3. Romain Farrugia

    This is a MASTERPIECE ! The lyrics are amazing. Only the Boss can write such a song. Thank You Bruce for being here and help me everyday !

  4. The Shebo

    Huge fan of Bruce .. I think that’s my favorite song from him... so powerful..

  5. Zed137

    There's a place on a blank stretch of road where
    Nobody travels and nobody goes and the Deskman says these days 'round here
    Two young folks could probably up and disappear into
    Rustlin' sheets, a sleepy corner room
    Into the musty smell
    Of wilted flowers and
    Lazy afternoon hours
    At the Moonlight Motel
    Now the pool's filled with empty, eight-foot deep
    Got dandelions growin' up through the cracks in the concrete
    Chain-link fence half-rusted away
    Got a sign says "Children be careful how you play"
    Your lipstick taste and your whispered secret I promised I'd never tell
    A half-drunk beer and your breath in my ear
    At the Moonlight Motel
    Well then it's bills and kids and kids and bills and the ringing of the bell
    Across the valley floor through the dusty screen door
    Of the Moonlight Motel
    Last night I dreamed of you, my lover
    And the wind blew through the window and blew off the covers
    Of my lonely bed, I woke to something you said
    That it's better to have loved, yeah it's better to have loved
    As I drove, there was a chill in the breeze
    And leaves tumbled from the sky and fell
    Onto a road so black as I backtracked
    To the Moonlight Motel
    She was boarded up and gone like an old summer song
    Nothing but an empty shell
    I pulled in and stopped into my old spot
    I pulled a bottle of Jack out of a paper bag
    Poured one for me and one for you as well
    Then it was one more shot poured out onto the parking lot
    To the Moonlight Motel

  6. Sage Antone

    This might be the best song of the 2010's.

  7. Mary Lawson

    Can't find the video with the old abandoned motel. This takes me back to the old drive in movies. What a wonderful time it was.

  8. emma miller

    Bruce's music means so much to me. "The Rising" helped me through the pain of losing my husband at 34 to cancer and now this album especially "Moonlight Motel" reminds me of a new relationship that developed but has now sadly ended. Bruce, you touch so many people's souls...

  9. 71Peekay

    Stones Sundown and now this Moonlight Motel.....3 absolute standout tracks on a sensational album. The Boss has done it again.

  10. J T

    rabid fans will love this because they will love anything he does, but this is a pretty lifeless album.

  11. Deep Shade

    thankyou for your dedication to the cause x

  12. John Hambleton

    " the pools filled with empty eight foot deep, dandelions growing thru the cracks in the concrete "...what an outstanding lyric...this song is pure genius, can make me cry, can make me smile. Beautiful...please tour again Bruce 😎

  13. Heath Anderson

    This song kills me. Tears flow everytime.

  14. Moises Paredes lopez

    Thank Bruce Springsteen

  15. Barbara Brandewie

    Thank you Mark for making me aware of a genius. Love this album.

  16. christian F

    Ça me fait plaisir de pouvoir a nouveau écouter ce Vieux BOSS !! Cet album est magnifique !

  17. Ann cartner

    I think this is for Clarence.

  18. Nunzio Ballarino

    Ci sono arrivato tardi, ma ci sono arrivato, grande musica, dolcissime interpretazioni, lunga vita a Bruce.

  19. ans de reijke

    Vanavond deze mooie docu gezien, wat een mooie songs!

  20. mark gibson

    what genre is this song classified as?

  21. eamon music

    Beautiful

  22. Führer

    This is an artist !

  23. John Hambleton

    Depending on my mood this masterpiece can make me smile or make me cry...have seen Bruce four times each time magical...if I hear him perform this I will smile & cry I'm sure 😎 the man is a global treasure.

  24. Georgia V

    The entire album is outstanding!

  25. Cal Norton jr

    Don’t get much prettier then this.

  26. Michael Meehan

    Achingly beautiful. The last line is incredible. Masterful, just masterful song.

  27. Peter Gerstenzang

    I’m so happy to be here with like minded people. I’m bowled over by the record. How does Bruce achieve so much and still understand sadness and loneliness so well?A great mystery we don’t need to unravel

    Mark Sosa

    In a interview I saw he mentioned that he goes through depression and see's a psychiatrist from time to time that's one reason he can relate to( loneliness and depression) most of us... He is so in touch with his family his life and his fans. Still plays 4 hour concerts.... He is the BOSS !

    Mary Lawson

    Experience is the best teacher. In my 70s I know where he is.

  28. Jon Rakestraw

    Only Bruce can write a song about a hotel and it's awesome

  29. Martine1love

    Love - Love - Love!

  30. Phil Wragg

    Bruce tells life as it is

  31. Star Gazer

    What an amazing song. Its completely devestating and its so heartbreaken. May be one of the saddest songs he has ever written. Its so powerful. The song eats at your soul. You feel so sad for the narrator.

    james cooper

    He hears the whispered voice of his former lover: “It’s better to have loved.” This is a song about someone processing grief.

  32. T Ross

    I got to shake your hand Bruce at Pittsburgh. Best time of my life .

  33. Martine SANTHOIRE

    Bruce really surpassed himself on this album , 14 wonderful songs , and this one is an authentic masterpiece .I can't stop listenin' to this album , one of my favourite of the Boss .

  34. Melodie Greider

    This is a lullaby. Thanks, boss, for leaving the album this way.

  35. karen ortiz de guinea

    https://youtu.be/d75FkvlP0Yw
    ❤love❤you❤
    Greetings from Donosti😉😍❤❤❤❤

  36. Pepi Tzortzi

    BOSS for ever!!!!!

  37. Ann Oneill

    What a gift! A true storyteller. His words paint a picture of love and lost. Mil gracias.

  38. niedeutschermeister1

    Headphones on full volume, eyes closed, and my heart melting. What a beautiful piece of music. The older the Boss gets, the better his voice sounds.

  39. Michael McLeod

    Hemingway said if you write well enough people will feel like it happened to them and I swear I can see that dark road and that empty pool and that lonely parking lot. I love the title. It may or more may not be the name of the motel itself. I think it represents another place altogether -- that place on a blank stretch of road where nobody travels, nobody goes.....except a man and his memories.

    John Ogburn

    This is bizarre ,I was thinking the same about Hemingway."All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened" he also said "History is scar tissue" Springsteen has this amazing ability to see things as Ustinov said "All stories rely on elements people have seen but not really noticed"I am so envious of his ability to capture these images.Lets face it when was the last time Springsteen slept on musty sheets or even saw an empty motel with an empty pool with dandelions growing in the cracks .His recall is just extraordinary, please just even give me 5% of his talent to write

  40. Gaurav Ghosh

    Wistful, weary and oozing with warmth.

  41. Wheatley Computers Cyber Marketing

    Bruuuuuuuuuucccce...enough said

  42. Eleonora Stasi

    La tua musica, la tua intensità nella voce, la tua melodia mi portano fuori dal tempo dove cielo e terra si incontrano. Grazie Bruce

  43. Scott Goodbrand

    Those first few chords feel like Glen Hansard’s ‘Falling Slowly’ and then after the first few seconds it’s able to stand alone as just an amazing Bruce song.

    Was fortunate enough to see Western Stars at TIFF this week and I can tell you, that you are all in for a treat when you get to hear this live version with the full orchestra accompaniment. I had listened to this song maybe twice before seeing the film this week and embarrassingly didn’t totally get it. Hearing the live version made me feel something I couldn’t put into words so thanks to Jim Beviglia who went ahead and did it for me.

    https://americansongwriter.com/2019/07/bruce-springteen-moonlight-motel/

    Beautiful. Well done Bruce!

  44. Chris Rush

    Dammit this song broke me, such a sad beautiful heartbreaking song 😪😪
    Noone writes like the boss

  45. nocturnokarma

    C'è qualcosa di doloroso e bellissimo in questa canzone. Di un magnifico disco. Di un artista unico. Dopo averci raccontato la promessa e la dannazione di quei parcheggi, di quelle strade, di quelle notti soli o con qualcuno accanto, sembra così vicino il tramonto non della vita ma della fuga. Si sta un attimo fermi. E come nella migliore musica, ogni verso può parlare al profondo di te, di qualcosa che ti è sfuggito o hai custodito, ogni arpeggio fa tornare ricordi lontani. Segreti sussurrati e "si va avanti". Quanto realismo in questa canzone, quanto doloroso realismo. E' come se i personaggi di 40 anni delle sue canzoni, noi in definitiva, siano sospesi tra luce e oscurità. A sorseggiare del Jack e sembra che l'ultimo verso parli a tutti coloro che ci sono letteralmente cresciuti con la musica di Bruce Springsteen. Una musica che è entrata nelle nostre vite come una vecchia canzone estiva. E sta arrivando l'autunno.
    Che canzone meravigliosa.. Grazie Boss

    Eleonora Stasi

    Sì gli arpeggi toccano direttamente le corde dell'anima e vibrano, vibrano intensamente. Meraviglioso pezzo.

    Luca De Santis

    Condivido tutto. Questa canzone potrebbe rappresentare il canto del cigno della sua epica americana. Le corse pazze in macchina, gli amori pulsanti, la voglia di scappare e di vivere la libertà e inseguire il sogno americano sono ormai svaniti lasciando posto agli sbagli, al rimorso e alla solitudine di un uomo ormai disilluso che arranca e trova consolazione nei pochi momenti di epifania che gli sono concessi

    Luigi Prudenzano

    Hai scritto un pensiero meraviglioso.
    Complimenti

  46. Agnes Coleman

    blown away ,,just class

  47. will landstrom

    Awesome. Bruce must promise never to die.

  48. Guy Macandrew

    I love this....best song last.....old boy still got it!
    Class is permanent 🙏

  49. raffaello l perfetti

    moving, beautifull, depp in my soul. welcome to Moonlight Motel

  50. PA H-Koski

    I never visited the States but still I understand what this beautiful americana-song is about.

  51. ozbluesman

    One of the most powerful songs I've ever heard . A masterpiece of songwriting. Incredibly moving.

    Chris Rush

    It broke my heart

    Cynthia B

    Exactly how I feel too... it’s so haunting

    Stanley Johnstone

    Simple, simple words in the right order painting an image burned in your brain. I’ve had a hard few months, lost my dad and marriage problems, this song hits you right in the feels. Forty years of listening to this man and he pulls this out.

    Michael Worse

    Stanley Johnstone Could Not have found better words . He fills the space between darkness and sunrise 🌄 with words , you can’t forget the whole day long . Love this record insanely .

  52. Donna Marie Pszoniak

    Loving this Beautiful Song"" hits you right in my Heart"" makes me miss someone very special to me"" Bruce Outstanding "" Moonlight won't Tell""💘💘🎶🎶🎶

  53. Fi Fulton

    I drive to work with this song playing...it starts my day off in such a lovely way. Thanks Bruce...once again x

  54. actuallytom

    Initially, my favourite songs from the new album were Western Stars and Tuscon Train. Then something happened, something I cannot put my finger on. It could have been one verse, one chord, or everything at the same time delivered masterfully by Bruce. All I know is that this song then became my favourite and probably one of my favourite Springsteen songs ever. The way he tells the story is nothing short of amazing. He gives us a picture of the present that is whilst, at the same time delicately intertwining the past that was, giving us a few snapshots of how happy the character had once been on that Moonlight Motel.
    Structurally speaking it's similar to another one of my favourite Springsteen song, The River. Absolute delight!

    Matt Murphy

    Well said.

  55. Sam Calhoun

    So stunningly beautiful...

  56. Aziendale Mmsystem

    Il Boss va clonato... Long life boss

  57. Läski Mestari

    This song just makes me so sad everytime I listen to it, I feel like I ain't living life to the fullest. Yeah I'm still young, 20 years old but I feel like I have missed so much already. :/

  58. Huskycarver

    I swore to myself not to spoil the first impression of the album by listening to the songs on youtube. And so I did.
    I got the Album and its real a kind of magic when you listen to it. What a beautiful and touching masterpiece.

  59. KCron59

    This song is stunningly beautiful in so many ways. The album itself is one of the best examples of songwriting at its finest. It's absolutely brilliant!

  60. G P

    "Your lipstick taste and your whispered secret, I promised I'd never tell" Holy Shit!

  61. Tristan Bradford

    I'm not crying.... you're crying

    Chris Rush

    No you are..... 😭

    Michael Worse

    Well, I did ...while listening for the first time ....but , was a little drunk , have to say to my shame

  62. MrSideways01

    Magic Moment Bruce: Thanks!

  63. Jay Cats

    Don't know how Springsteen keeps bringing us great new songs but he accomplishes it once again.

  64. Richard Hansen

    he can still rock, but rather than stay there, he grows, the words are still Bruce, still telling stories.....

  65. Phil Wragg

    A brilant play in words its better to have loved than loved

  66. Ed Kuklinski

    My original rock n roll hero has come to my rescue, again, never would have expected this

    Paul Tatara

    I feel exactly the same way. I'm floored by this album, and I've been listening to the guy for 40 years now. I did not expect this.

    Gaurav Ghosh

    The lyrics have the same loneliness of Thunder Road

    Michael Worse

    Same here , very surprised , just beautiful ....

    Gary W

    Have cried listening to this song

    Bee Ehess

    @Gary W me too man....50 years old and this song just hit me like a dart to the heart.

  67. Nigel James

    Respect to The Boss, on a par with Dylan here, mesmerizing, poetic lyrics, leaves you in awe of something magical & sheer genius. The versatility of the man is astonishing. Like other "older" acts, Bruce could rely on a back catalogue of greatest hits, the easy option, but he doesn't, pushing the boundaries, always delivering & defying.Absolute legend!

    Alex 10,000

    Nigel James dylan has been riding on the coat tails of his past. A bruce concert is 3 hours and rocking. A dylan concert is mumbling and disappointing.

    Clive Bindley

    " On a par with Dylan " ? Bruce overtook mumbling Bob a long time ago.

  68. Michael Keith

    Nobody writes lonely and beautiful better than Bruce

    Michael M.

    You have the same name as me. Only time I heard both names was when I was in trouble! Lol, which was a lot.!!! You are so right!!! I don't think anything can top this CD or LP or whatever you have. Just gorgeous

    Michael Worse

    Yeah , bro ! Let's take out the bike and go for a ride , like there's no tomorrow !

    Sage Antone

    I'd have to say roy orbison. So would bruce.

  69. Tobias Bunte-Bowman

    Just beautiful and heartbreaking...love this and hope the youth did too..

  70. Jud Wilson

    pulled a bottle of jack out of an old paper sack

  71. D Name

    Man this is the side of his music i like most..no Boss.. just a great singer songwriter

  72. Roger Franks

    The Boss just saved his artistic best for the golden years. So much comes full circle in this song. I cried... then cried some more. This just isn’t a ‘good’ song. It’s beautiful.

    Chris Rush

    Glad im not the only one who cried, this song broke my heart

    Thomas Heaney

    He is such a story teller... can tell he reads a lot of John steinback as the poetry of words. Ghost of tom joad. .. grapes of wrath , the details of the hotel as if you're in the truck next to him a wonderful gift to have... thanks

    Mr Mozo Rising

    one of his best songs

  73. Dan Hughes

    This has on got 47,000 views wtf really. This is one of his best songs ever you can close your eyes and see everything he is singing

  74. John Hambleton

    just love it...listen to those lyrics...brings a tear..."the pool filled with empty eight foot deep"..."lipstick taste your whispered secret, I promised I'd never tell"...wow!

  75. Victor Novaes

    Uma das melhores do novo álbum.

  76. Alex Turpie

    In a few lines he creates a world so real you could touch it. Unique lyrics and almost too poignant a song. That's why he's the boss.

  77. Peg Miller

    Love this song just one from a great album, playing it over and over again. Thank you Bruce.

  78. Trev Mac

    i have stayed in Motels like this

  79. raffella montesano

    Meravigliosa, fa sognare❤

  80. Massi Dew

    ....and tears keep coming down.... Amazing...still the same feelings and emotions 40plus years on....love you man,and thank You

  81. Rita Borg

    I can’t pick out any song all is too good! Promise I have tryouts for years 🎤🎸🐎🇸🇪

  82. Patrizia Brugiatelli

    Dolcissimi grazie caro amico 🙋🌹

  83. Newell bate

    This album is Bruce's best work .

  84. Martin Mcp

    is this the greatest song of all time? maybe.

  85. Alex Anderson

    This album has exceeded all expectations and my expectations of Bruce after 45 years listening are very high, i hear a masterpiece

  86. Stefano Lauricella

    FANTASTIC WESTERN STARS GREAT BOSS!!!

  87. richie diagostino

    Bruce Springsteen out done himself with this album ur the best boss

  88. Ivone Fernandes

    amazing song!!Thank you so much,,,kisses from Portugal,Lisboa!!!😘🇵🇹

  89. Federico Riva

    This song really touches my soul

  90. morokoo

    welcome to morocoo

  91. Emanuele Mariani

    One of the best of the album. Magic song!

  92. Jordan Casey

    This is my favorite song on the album. I've listened to it so much and cannot stop singing it, it's so beautiful

  93. Eddy Schelck

    Zeer mooi liedje toppertje

  94. Claus

    When you're sad and lonely and you listen to this song you can feel like there is someone there for you.

    John Walls

    @Chris Rush me too

    John Walls

    Yeah I'm all alone now... I miss Betty

    Ann cartner

    @John Walls Betty will be with you.

    Stanley Johnstone

    I think it makes me feel about opportunities missed, a time of happiness gone. A love lost, a time never regained and a lost future never to be. But maybe that’s just me x.

    Bee Ehess

    Amen Brother. Bought this CD last night, and went for a long drive out in the country (live in rural southwestern Ontario, Canada)....played the whole album, and this song got replayed this one about 5 times.....it was like a warm hug.

  95. guenhael kerzerho

    Encore un CHEF D'ŒUVRE du BOSS

  96. Bobby Sunshine

    It's just so heavy.