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Nothing can be hidden in 4k :) Who wants to give it a shot?

 

Lights come up at the ???  but I'm ???

???

 

??? cleans up ??? you pack

[crossed out]

[crossed out]

You wake in morning and I don't behave same ???

??? the last man standing

Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You [4k, 2020].webm_snapshot_01.41_[2020.09.16_22.49.59].jpg

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Lights come up at the legion hall

pool cues go back up on the wall

you pack your guitar and disappear

with ? the ringing in the your ear!

 

a waitress cleans up the bar

you pack your amp into the car

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the mike/wife

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you wake up in the morning and find it

hard to believe somehow you are the last man standing

snakeskin ? sharkskin

custom heels on my black boots

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Seems like a song about a failed musician... reminds me of Western Stars the song.

Those crossed lines contains the word "tattoo"

At the end I think I read "You kick on the bar door ???"

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Jerry Lee Lewis is The Last Man Standing.

And even the title of his duets album, one of the songs is a duet with Bruce on Pink Cadillac.

(Don't know if this was already mentioned the past week or so in one of the topics about the new album).

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6 hours ago, Eddy Wehbe said:

Any idea what "legion hall" is?

Almost used in Glory Days

Alternate 3rd verse (unreleased studio outtake):
My old man worked 20 years on the line and they let him go
Now everywhere he goes out looking for work
They just tell him that he's too old
I was 9 years old and he was working at the Metuchen Ford Plant
assembly line
Now he just sits on a stool down at the Legion hall
But I can tell what's on his mind
Glory Days yeah they're gone bad
Glory Days ah, he ain't never had

 

And Child Bride

Seen her at the curtain down at the Legion hall
She came in with her brothers standin' back up against the wall
Me and her we'd go walking down by the union tracks
One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back
 

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As far as I can  tell:

 you pack your guitar and disappear/one last beer 

with just the ringing in your ears

 

snakeskin vest sharkskin suit

cuban heels and black boots

you rock(?)  in the band side by side

you take the crowd on...

 

i kind of get the feeling that this might be about The Castilles, but maybe that's because of the picture in the background.

 

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8 hours ago, Eddy Wehbe said:

Any idea what "legion hall" is?

Yes, it is an American Legion Hall... a building commonly just called 'the legion hall'  It is a national association of war veterans.  

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2 hours ago, Born To Walk said:

Almost used in Glory Days

Alternate 3rd verse (unreleased studio outtake):
My old man worked 20 years on the line and they let him go
Now everywhere he goes out looking for work
They just tell him that he's too old
I was 9 years old and he was working at the Metuchen Ford Plant
assembly line
Now he just sits on a stool down at the Legion hall
But I can tell what's on his mind
Glory Days yeah they're gone bad
Glory Days ah, he ain't never had

 

And Child Bride

Seen her at the curtain down at the Legion hall
She came in with her brothers standin' back up against the wall
Me and her we'd go walking down by the union tracks
One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back
 

I should've done my research before asking. Many thanks! 

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6 minutes ago, Eddy Wehbe said:

I should've done my research before asking. Many thanks! 

If only there was a website with all of Bruce's lyrics on :lol:

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This is what we've got so far.

 

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

A waitress cleans up the bar
You pack your amp into the car
A man lost ??? lovers step into
the nite [sic]
??? the ??? diner for a bite

You wake in the morning and ???
Hard to believe somehow
Your [sic] the last man standing now

Snakeskin vest sharkskin suit
Cuban heels and black boots
???
You kick ??? the band side by side
You take the crowd on ???
Mystery ride ???


Bridge
???...

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Could it be
A few last chance lovers slip into the nite

And possibly "the Trattoria diner"  - could be an Italian place.

Shame Bruce's handwriting is so terrible :D

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13 hours ago, Eddy Wehbe said:

Any idea what "legion hall" is?

 

I sense a European gentlemen making an inquiry 

the missing word before "legion" is "American"! :D

You are still brilliant, my friend

 

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On 9/17/2020 at 4:56 PM, sloone1 said:

i kind of get the feeling that this might be about The Castilles, 

 

On 9/17/2020 at 5:59 PM, Eddy Wehbe said:

Snakeskin vest sharkskin suit
Cuban heels and black boots

Listening to the introduction to My Hometown on the new Archive release, a reference to 'snakeskin vests' stuck out which seems to confirm this.

 

"I was 15, I was in my first band, we had to get our….had to get out publicity pictures taken and we had, uh, we had these, these like plastic, make-believe snakeskin vests and we had these frilly shirts, uh, like the Kinks used to wear (chuckles) and…and we had all our poses down and we, we went over by the monument and we stood on it"

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On 9/18/2020 at 12:24 AM, Wild Billy said:

My girlfriend indicated that we have too much time on our hands.

Im sure she's  a lovelly girl  ...but this is a red flag :lol:

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From the Rolling Stone interview:

 

 The first to emerge was the slow-building, elegiac “Last Man Standing,” one of the most directly autobiographical songs in Springsteen’s catalog, tracing the Castiles’ gigs (“Knights of Columbus and the Fireman’s Ball/Friday night at the Union Hall/The black-leather clubs all along Route 9”) before jumping to a future scarred by loss: “You count the names of the missing as you count off time.”

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On 9/17/2020 at 7:55 PM, Rizla said:

Could it be
A few last chance lovers slip into the nite

And possibly "the Trattoria diner"  - could be an Italian place.

Shame Bruce's handwriting is so terrible :D

Yes, looks like "A few last chance lovers slip into the nite"

Not sure about the "the Trattoria diner" line, and too bad that we'll never know when the album is out since he scrapped that line.

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1 hour ago, Eddy Wehbe said:

Not sure about the "the Trattoria diner" line, and too bad that we'll never know when the album is out since he scrapped that line.

Just thought it was a feasible name for an Italian diner.  Bit like calling a cafe "The Cafe", but I could imagine it.  :D

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58 minutes ago, Rizla said:

Just thought it was a feasible name for an Italian diner.  Bit like calling a cafe "The Cafe", but I could imagine it.  :D

True. Should be either "Trattoria" or "diner", not both. And it doesn't seem that there are 4 letters after the double-T.  

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9 hours ago, Eddy Wehbe said:

True. Should be either "Trattoria" or "diner", not both. And it doesn't seem that there are 4 letters after the double-T.  

It's just a draft though - scribbling down ideas on paper.   Refine it later, throw out what doesn't sound right.

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