Springsteen, Bruce - The Wall Lyrics




Cigarettes and a bottle of beer, this poem that I wrote for you
This black stone and these hard tears are all I got left now of you
I remember you in your Marine uniform laughin', laughin' at your ship out party
I read Robert McNamara says he's sorry

Your high boots and striped T-shirt, Billy you looked so bad
You and your rock-n-roll band, you were best thing this shit town ever had
Now the men who put you here eat with their families in rich dining halls
And apology and forgiveness got no place here at all at the wall

I'm sorry I missed you last year, I couldn't find no one to drive me
If your eyes could cut through that black stone, tell me would they recognize me
For the living time it must be served, the day goes on
Cigarettes and a bottle of beer, skin on black stone

On the ground dog tags and wreaths of flowers, with ribbons red as the blood
Red as the blood you spilled in the Central Highlands mud
Limousines rush down Pennsylvania Avenue, rustling the leaves as they fall
And apology and forgiveness got no place here at all
Here at the wall





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  1. Pascal C

    Respect for all veterans and all who gave their lifes. Let the world be a peaceful place in the future. Springsteen at his best.

  2. Eddi Favaro

    Toccante, grazie Springsteen per le bellissime emozioni che non smetti mai di regalare 💓💓💓

  3. Will C

    That horn...

  4. Ana Flávia

    Bruce EU TE AMO!!!💕❤música linda

  5. anella d'ambrosio

    Come sempre Bruce riesce a toccare il cuore!!! 😢😢😕😀😍😘😘🎶🎶🎶💎💎♥️♥️🎸💋

  6. roy

    WE all know why WE love Bruce ... He has Inspired me to be a Better Human Being ...I am 70 like Bruce ... failed at Everything in life ... Jobs / Marriage .... and in the End " it don't matter anymore " but what resides in OUR Inner CORE BEING ... Watching / Listening to the Boss keeps that Inner Voice ALIVE within me .... YOU MATTER

    roy bollo

    nice words bro ! bruce is 70 th to . but still young in his mind , i hope he tour soon , so i can meet him in holland .

  7. anella d'ambrosio

    Emozionante toccante Bruce !!! In questo brano!! Ti amo immensamente!!😍😍💓♥️💗💔💞💞😢💎💎🎶🎶🎶🎶🎸💋

  8. fxx1

    You're still the best. Sigues siendo el mejor.

  9. fxx1

    That heart that this man puts. Ese corazón que pone este hombre.

    roy bollo

    100% agreed!!!

  10. ghe426

    Wake up, man!!!

  11. Claudia Fields

    Meu amor @springsteen ♥ meu namorado. Amo demais

  12. anella d'ambrosio

    Struggente Bruce in questa canzone!! Mi ha fatto commuovere!! 😪😪💎💎🤗🤗👏💎😚❤️❤️❤️

  13. Churrafas Eventos

    Encantada.

  14. Isabel Alonso - Bartol Sánchez

    That strong emotion at the end of the video do me in. Too much greatness. Tears are welling up in my eyes

    fxx1

    is true.

  15. Claude Monete

    ❤👐LOVE YOU BRUCE BOSS YOU ARE DIVINE HUMAN BEEN😇👏✌❤💙🌞

  16. JackFate76

    Tulsi 2020.

  17. Hervé 76

    Je me la refais... C'est vraiment à pleurer cette chanson. Ce mec est un véritable génie.

    roy bollo

    i have an request can you help me ?for translate an old french song in englisch?

    roy bollo

    hello herve , i mean the song from mort shuman , le lac majeur , can you translate it for me in englisch , becoz i think its a good old song , i remember it from an album , when i was age 13 .... thank you in advance ...

    Hervé 76

    @roy bollo Sorry, but it seems too much hard for me...

    roy bollo

    @Hervé 76 ok no problem

  18. Greg Parry

    So sad and touching. You can see a tear in his eyes.

  19. Valquiria Bueno

    Muiiiiiiito emocionante chorei aos 8:14😥 Bruce é incrível,insubstituível 💞💞💞

  20. Valquiria Bueno

    Belo Bruce Springsteen 💘um imenso prazer em te ver...e te ouvir 🎸🎤🎷🎹🎼🎼loveeeeeee💓💓💓💓

  21. mark hanley

    RIP L/CPL Barton.E.Haynes USMC.Semper Fi.

  22. James Heal

    If i met this guy i wouldent want anymore in my life

  23. Valquiria Bueno

    Love Bruce💘🎸🎤💎 forever 💘

  24. Valquiria Bueno

    AMOOOOOO💓💓💓💓💓💓💓🎸VC Bruce é como o Sol que brilha💎💎💎💎

  25. old fart

    great musician but as he gets older i think he talks too much trying to explain everything shut up bruce and let the music be what it is. Like most artistic people he lives his life through others and makes money out of it, but dont forget, and you can say what you want you dodged the draft so sing all ya want you aint lived it fraud

    IUBOSSFAN

    Bruce flunked his physical (motorcycle wreck) but he reported to his draft board. That is NOT dodging the draft...

  26. Donelle Feltham

    I think this song most of all means more to our generation, the one that was Vietnam. That’s not too say that is doesn’t mean as much to our generation, for we feel as sad for the things our Veterans of today face but we were mostly teenage kids back then and it was Tuesday nights we used to dread because the Australian Government had reintroduced National Sevice. On Tuesday nights if you were coming up to your 20th birthday you’re fate was determined on the drop of a ball. There were 31 balls in what looked like a Bingo machine and down would come the numbers, I’m not sure how many now but if you’re birth date come down you were in the Army with only enough time to quite your job, do 6weeks basic training and then on a ship to Vietnam. We were fortunate in my group of friends not too lose many although 1 is too many. It was what they come home with that was the biggest kick up the Arse. PTSD back then they were all put on Antidepressants and a pension that was the quick fix back then. What did they get when they were all bought home because we had a new Government who’d put an end too the Call Up. So they were all loaded on a boat and brought home. As they marched through the city streets there were no cheers or flag waving instead there were protesters chucking buckets of pigs blood on them and getting yelled at and called Baby killers. I guess that’s why Nam sticks in my head still today.🎼♥️🇦🇺

  27. TheSkip66

    I am a former British Soldier. Now in my 50's I find myself reflecting more and more on the 22 years I served and of things I saw and can't unsee. I lost good friends serving; I have lost more to suicide since leaving. Family and newer friends think I'm something special for serving but I know it is all just tears and rain and I am far from the man they perceive me to be but I cannot regret my life as I think that would finish me too... Bruce; you have touched me deeply with your words and although you have forced me to travel back to places I would rather not visit right now, the once proud man in me knows I should not forget. Thank you.

  28. Vera Stewart

    For all who served and who gave their lives for America, and for all the family members and friends who love and miss them

  29. Rob Lucas

    Poor guy is in tears he can barely sing the song a true heart of a master

  30. Azdoodle Azzy

    My grandfather just happens to be Walter cichon

  31. John Smith

    5:11 fire that fucking light tech. kthx. -OIF/OEF Veteran.

  32. Claudia Campos

    Meninao lindo! Te amo te amo te amo, amor da minha vida, hoje eu te amo mais do que ontem! Bruce

  33. alessandro piana

    Thanks Bruce. You lift my heart, every time.

  34. Will Hunter

    You have no idea how much i wish those vocals at the end would last longer!

  35. Megan Grazman

    Wow. That voice crack at 6:23...really shows what kind of man Bruce is. I've seen him in concert 4 times, and each time is a whole new experience. He shows us that it's okay for anyone to cry and for anyone to be proud of their country. Thank you, Bruce.

  36. Alex Turpie

    Americas conscience

  37. fxx1

    More heart can not be. Mas corazón no se puede.

  38. fxx1

    con mas de 60 años y aún hace preciosidades.

  39. 934johno

    He was ashamed he didn't make it like all the friends in his negborhood who went

  40. Mike Abrahams

    78 thumbs down! Must be 77 defence contractors plus DJT.

  41. roy bollo

    awsome!!!! geweldig !

  42. Susana Silva

    TE AMO BRUCE !!!! VIDA LONGAAAA!!!

  43. pasi spets

    great!!

  44. roy bollo

    ohhh my god !! that trumpet!!! love it !!

  45. LIAMAR FERREIRA

    musicas lindas demaisss amoooo!

  46. fxx1

    8:23 inevitably the tears appear.... and Bruce I love you so much.

    Marcus Baulcombe

    fxx1 get’s me every time. True hero!

  47. fxx1

    this man is pure heart, Greetings from Perú.

  48. Edna Alice

    Oi Bruce! vc é magnifico! Sempre surpreende é como Se o visse bem perto como o vi no ESPAÇO DÁS AMÉRICAS.BRASIL. amooooo! !#####

    Valquiria Bueno

    Q glória poder estar próximo d Bruce Springsteen 💘

  49. Rock Blue

    Bruce never forgets his roots, where he came from and the people and memories that helped him along his journey, its one thing ive always liked about Bruce ...

  50. Margrit Brandt

    💜💜💜💜

  51. Rich LaMarre

    This blows me away. I served right after Viet Nam on Okinawa in 76. They had a wing in the Hospital for Veterans from the War not ready to go home... When stationed on the East Coast used to go up to the Wall hang out with the Vets take pics. and just talk...

  52. Neno Dukic

    Well, I am war veteran from Balkan wars and this song makes me cry every time I hear it.. God bless the Boss!!!

  53. Neil Jeram

    This is just beyond belief in its emotion

  54. Steven Pape

    read the book BORN TO RUN straight from the bosses heart he worked so hard to get where he is today

  55. Zico06

    incredible song ! nobody except Bruce is able to tell stories like this. Straight to the heart .

  56. Steve_308

    "Dedicated to Ray and Walter Cichon along with my drummer from The Castiles, Bart Haynes." God bless them.

  57. Scott Hawley

    Thanks Bruce for opening ours of the price of Freedom. Thanks to all of our vets!

  58. Edmund Vitale

    God Bless You, Bruce Springsteen

  59. GIARC SNOMMIT

    "It was a tremendous loss to our neighborhood, to our town, to that thing inside of you that feels somehow the best should get their shot." So perfectly authentic . . . we love you bruce

  60. Cool Rocking Mommy

    I love the trumpet solo. Curt is just so good. ♥️

  61. Aymeric Martin

    I'm no american, I have luckily never lost someone at war, but every time I listen to this beautiful song, the lyrics... Damn they give me those shivers and bring tears to my eyes
    I think about those families that sent their boys away, in a war many of them didn't want. And this version, you can feel how tough it is for Bruce to dwell on his past and think about his fallen friends
    This is truelly a masterpiece

  62. Damian

    Thank you for this...for Devils and Dust...for the Rising. For all of it. We love you. Your music helped me through all my time in Afghanistan and now back in new york city tryin to make it.

  63. Mike Drake

    Vietnam is a stunning country with beautiful kind people. What do are politicians think they are doing with our lives.

  64. Will Smith

    " I hear Robert McNamara says he's sorry."

    The despair in his voice...

    It's so... so, so, so beautiful.

  65. Zico06

    thanks mister springsteen !

  66. GoodMusic

    Masterpiece

  67. johnnyM809

    Brilliant song...Brilliant artist

  68. Hervé 76

    Fantastic trumpet solo...

  69. Larry Mosher

    Thank you Bruce and all our veterans.

  70. H J

    American Hero

  71. Derrick Murphy

    true legend total respect for the Boss.

  72. Martina Schober

    Ich liebe seine❤Stimme

  73. Albit DeRo

    Wow! What a great performance. The man is simply the BEST!!!

  74. terry crookston

    who the heck has any thin" to do
    with war! know i surely don't
    only why questioned while
    being sent lots of postcards
    to be an officer for the
    air force with college degree
    given heralding stature
    yet only had to ask myself
    while flying high up above
    all the rest and ask myself
    the question: can i kill from
    way up here and no
    1 of the 10 commandments
    is "Thou shall not kill"
    so made a decision right
    there and when

  75. Aaron Davis

    This just hit me watching this today, Bruce is calling out two the Cichon brothers as a survivor, he made at as a big rock star and these guys probably would have never guessed that 50 years later...

  76. Kyler Stock

    well done as usaul

  77. Michael Harris

    Can a song be so beautiful and so sad at the same time?

  78. john dfc

    pure emotion in that performance . those 2 lads he knew and the countless thousands who gave all for his country would be proud .

  79. fizywig

    in sprigsteens euology its unfortunate that he makes no mention of the millions of victims of american aggression over the last 70 years, he chooses only to mention american vets

    Sophia Anatolios

    fizywig True, but he sings for a group that thinks Trump is a good idea...even being as intelligent as he is is brave.

  80. Peter Rech

    Bruce at his best.......enough said.

  81. Lucy_reacts.1702

    So moving, here's to The Boss

  82. Steve Staudt

    Thanks to all the men woman who served and Bruce for this song.
    Amazing

  83. Tomo

    MASTERPIECE

  84. Giuseppe Taurasi

    struggente la parte finale con la sezione dei fiati e il coro!pelle d'oca e brividi per tutto il corpo!

  85. Trapar 137

    Amazing, this man will be recognized for his years of being relevant. I can't think of any song writer that could be so effective year after year.

  86. budibausto

    this is incredibly emotional

  87. Wouter Halm

    song starts 4:11

  88. Paul Cochrane

    Cigarettes and a bottle of beer, this poem that I wrote for you
    This black stone and these hard tears are all I got left now of you
    I remember you in your Marine uniform laughing, laughing at your ship out party
    I read Robert McNamara says he's sorry

    Your high boots and striped t-shirt, ah, Billy you looked so bad
    Yeah you and your rock and roll band, you were the best thing this shit town ever had
    Now the men that put you here eat with their families in rich dining halls
    And apology and forgiveness got no place here at all, here at the wall

    Well I'm sorry I missed you last year, I couldn't find no one to drive me
    If your eyes could cut through that black stone, tell me would they recognize me
    For the living time it must be served as the day goes on
    Cigarettes and a bottle of beer, skin on black stone

    On the ground dog tags and wreaths of flowers, with the ribbons red as the blood
    Red as the blood you spilled in the Central Highlands mud
    Limousines rush down Pennsylvania Avenue, rustling the leaves as they fall
    And apology and forgiveness got no place here at all, here at the wall

  89. Will C

    Godspeed to our veterans

  90. birdmantd

    I was at this show and had forgotten about this. It's best remembered as one of those crazy fun Saturday night Bruce concerts but it had nice quieter moments like this. Thanks for sharing.

  91. Kim McG.

    Hey Bruce! Ray Cichon (Jr) is a very good friend of mine...he's told me about his dad & you :) I just sent him this video.. you should definitely get in touch with him! He's a bass player & has 2 bands now down in Florida. I'm sure if you met him he would remind you if his dad.. he's an awesome guy & a great musician! Let me know if you want his contact info! 😊

    szczecom

    http://www.app.com/story/news/local/2014/08/18/walter-cichon-springsteen-connection/14268653/

    "It kind of just blew us away," Cichon said. "After we heard that song, my brother and I both tried to reach out to him." It took awhile, but in 2008, Springsteen invited the Cichon boys to his concert in Orlando. Bryan Cichon lives in Jacksonville, and David flew down to meet him and attend the concert. Afterward, the brothers met Bruce.

    "It was just basically him reminiscing about those days," David Cichon said. "He said to us, 'Your father was one of the best frontman I ever saw.' This coming from one of the very best frontmen there is, it was just amazing."

    They thanked him for writing the song. "We need to get that on an album one day," Springsteen said.

    The Cichon boys didn't know if he was serious, but they left their meeting with Springsteen believing that their father had star power after all.

    Steve_308

    So nice

  92. Karen Burke

    thank you Tommy

  93. Sam Hill

    Well, Bruce I love you but you never did anything for a cause. No shoe leather lost by you.

    Dan Marsh

    Sam Hill so going to fight makes them cowards, I agree the wars were for corporations but still they thought what they were doing was right and they deserve more than to be called cowards and traitors

    Sam Hill

    They should have known what they were fighting for, so lets limit service to 25 years or older- and knock off the hero propaganda. Seriously , you want to continue to rationalize illegal wars. The main reason Congress has not declared war since WWII is to escape charges of treason , as members of Congress can not be tried for treason without a declaration of war.

    SeaBass SeaBass

    Sam Hill What's wrong with you?
    I guess those benefit shows he does every year doesn't count?
    Now I understand why people like Springsteen and McCartney have bodyguards.
    Springsteen played a beautiful song and you attack him verbally? Because he's not sing what you think he should be singing about.
    The question still stands... What's wrong will you?

    Vibeke Schneidermann

    That is not true. He has played rows after rows of benefit concerts. From 1977 to 1984 he paid all costs of the Vietnam Veteran Association (from 1984 the government chipped in) and still pays a large part of it. Since the late 70-es he also donates an amountt to the homeless in each city, he ever plays in. He has allowed his music to be used - even written new - for plays to support causes of various kinds: Parkinsons, human rights, children in Africa, Sandy Hook, school for autistic children, 9/11-heroes, bridge benefit..... You name it...he is there ...

    I think that he has done a lot of good, compared to what good it would have done getting killed in Vietnam.

    anella d'ambrosio

    Bruce ti voglio bene!!!!!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  94. Karen Burke

    thank you for the warm thoughts Tommy mas

  95. peter betts

    WAR What IS IT GOOD FOR , ABSOLUTLY NUTHIN , SAY IT AGAIN ,

  96. tonitsi78

    This song is heartbreaking, especially this particular live performance.

  97. Pelagie 75

    Bruce, you are the best