Adam Raised a Cain

In the summer that I was baptized my father held me to his side
As they put me to the water he said how on that day I cried
We were prisoners of love a love in chains
He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain
With the same hot blood burning in our veins
Adam raised a Cain
All of the old faces ask you why you're back
They fit you with position and the keys to your daddy's Cadillac
In the darkness of your room your mother calls you by your true name
You remember the faces the places the names
You know it's never over it's relentless as the rain
Adam raised a Cain

In the Bible Cain slew Abel and East of Eden he was cast
You're born into this life paying for the sins of somebody else's past

Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame
You inherit the sins you inherit the flames
Adam raised a Cain
Lost but not forgotten from the dark heart of a dream
Adam raised a Cain
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Live history

"Adam Raised a Cain" has been performed live a total of 302 times.
First known performance:
1978-05-23, Buffalo, NY
Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour
Last known performance:
2017-02-09, Sydney, Australia
Summer '17 Tour

Release history

Total releases: 4
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Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, album, 1978-06-06
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live 1975-85, live, 1986-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, rerelease, 2010-11-16
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, rerelease, 2014-11-17