Straight Time

Got out of prison back in '86 and I found me a wife
Walked the clean and narrow
just tryin' to stay out and stay alive
Got a job at the rendering factory,it ain't gonna make me rich
In the darkness before dinner comes
Sometimes I can feel the it
I got a cold mind to go tripping across that thin line
I'm sick of doin straight time

My uncles at the evenin' table makes his living runnin' hot cars
Slips me a hundred dollar bill, says
"Charlie, you best remember who your friend are."
I got a cold mind to go tripping across that thin line
I ain't makin' straight time

Eight years in, it feels like you're gonna die
But you get used to anything
Sooner or later it becomes your life

Kitchen floor in the evening, tossin' my little babies high
Mary's smilin', but she watches me out of the corner of her eye
Seems you can't get any more than half free
I step out onto the front porch, and suck the cold air deep inside of me
Got a cold mind to go tripping cross that thin line
I'm sick of doin' straight time

In the basement, huntin' gun and a hacksaw
Sip a beer, and thirteen inches of barrel drop to the floor

Come home in the evening, can't get the smell from my hands
Lay my head down on the pillow
And, go driftin' off into foreign lands
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Notes

Chords

Live history

"Straight Time" has been performed live a total of 126 times.
First known performance:
1995-11-21, New Brunswick, NJ
The Ghost of Tom Joad Tour
Last known performance:
2005-06-22, Copenhagen, Denmark
Devils & Dust Tour

Release history

Total releases: 3
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Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost of Tom Joad, maxisingle, 1995
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Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost of Tom Joad, album, 1995-11-21
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 2, rerelease, 2018-05-18