Jesus Was an Only Son

Well Jesus was an only son
As he walked up Calvary Hill
His mother Mary walking beside him
In the path where his blood spilled

Jesus was an only son
In the hills of Nazareth
As he lay reading the Psalms of David
'll at his mother's feet

Mother prays "Sleep tight, my child, sleep well
For I'll be at your side
That no shadow, no darkness, no tolling bell
Shall pierce your dreams this night"


In the garden at Gethsemane
He prayed for the life he'd never live
He beseeched his Heavenly Father
To remove the cup of death from his lips

Now there's a loss that can never be replaced,
A destination that can never be reached
A light you'll never find in another's face,
A sea whose distance cannot be breached


Well Jesus kissed his mother's hands
Whispered "Mother, still your tears,
For remember the soul of the universe
Willed a world and it appeared"




Live history

"Jesus Was an Only Son" has been performed live a total of 80 times.
First known performance:
2005-04-04, Red Bank, NJ
Last known performance:
2006-11-19, Dublin, Ireland
Seeger Sessions Tour

Release history

Total releases: 2
Bruce Springsteen, Devils and Dust, album, 2005-04-26
Bruce Springsteen, Storytellers, movie, 2005-09-06