Thunder Road

The screen door slams, Mary's dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch. As the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that's me and I want you only
Don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again
Don't run back inside, darling you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking
That maybe we ain't that young anymore
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
Oh and that's alright with me
You can hide `neath your covers and study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
Waste your summer praying in vain
For a saviour to rise from these streets
Well now I'm no hero, that's understood
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now?
Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair
Well the night's busting open
This two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back, Heaven's waiting on down the tracks

Oh-oh come take my hand
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh-oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road,
Lying out there like a killer in the sun
Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run
Oh Thunder Road, sit tight take hold, Thunder Road

Well I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk
And my car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk
From your front porch to my front seat
The door's open but the ride it ain't free
And I know you're lonely and there's words that I ain't spoken
But tonight we'll be free, all the promises'll be broken
There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away
They haunt this dusty beach road
In the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets
They scream your name at night in the street
Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
And in the lonely cool before dawn
you hear their engines roaring on
But when you get to the porch they're gone
On the wind, so Mary climb in
It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win.
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Notes

One of Bruce's most popular songs among the fans according to most polls.

It evolved from a song called "Wings For Wheels", live debuted in early 1975. Bruce continued working on it in the studio resulting in both a slow, brooding version and the band version that ended up on the Born to Run album.

Chords

Live history

"Thunder Road" has been performed live a total of 1339 times.
First known performance:
1975-07-20, Providence, RI
Born to Run Tour
Last known performance:
2018-12-08, New York, NY
Springsteen on Broadway

Release history

Total releases: 23
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, album, 1975-09-01
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live 1975-85, live, 1986-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen, In Concert - Plugged, movie, 1992
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Bruce Springsteen, In Concert - Plugged, live, 1993-04-24
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Bruce Springsteen, Secret Garden, maxisingle, 1995
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Bruce Springsteen, Hungry Heart, maxisingle, 1995
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Bruce Springsteen, Greatest Hits, compilation, 1995-02-28
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Bruce Springsteen, Video Anthology 1978-2000, movie, 2001
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, movie, 2001-11-06
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in Barcelona, movie, 2003
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Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, compilation, 2003-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen, Storytellers, movie, 2005-09-06
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition, rerelease, 2005-11-15
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Hammersmith Odeon, London, '75, live, 2006-02-28
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Greatest Hits, compilation, 2009-01-13
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Greatest Hits, compilation, 2009-06-01
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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, Collection 1973-2012, compilation, 2013-03-12
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, rerelease, 2014-11-17
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Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition), compilation, 2015-10-16
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Bruce Springsteen, The Ties that Bind: The River Collection, rerelease, 2015-12-04
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 2, rerelease, 2018-05-18
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Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen on Broadway, live, 2018-12-14