Blood Brothers
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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We played king of the mountain out on the end
The world come chargin' up the hill, and we were women and men
Now there's so much that time, time and memory fade away
We got our own roads to ride and chances we gotta take
We stood side by side each one fightin' for the other
We said until we died we'd always be blood brothers

Now the hardness of this world slowly grinds your dreams away
Makin' a fool's joke out of the promises we make
And what once seemed black and white turns to so many shades of gray
We lose ourselves in work to do and bills to pay
And it's a ride, ride, ride, and there ain't much cover
With no one runnin' by your side my blood brother

On through the houses of the dead past those fallen in their tracks
Always movin' ahead and never lookin' back
Now I don't know how I feel, I don't know how I feel tonight
If I've fallen 'neath the wheel, if I've lost or I've gained sight
I don't even know why, I don't know why I made this call
Or if any of this matters anymore after all

But the stars are burnin' bright like some mystery uncovered




I'll keep movin' through the dark with you in my heart
My blood brother

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's song "Blood Brothers" are a reflection on the bonds of friendship and loyalty. The opening lines describe a game of "king of the mountain" where the singer and his friends stood together against the world. As time passes, the promise to always be there for each other loses its strength, and the world becomes a harder place that grinds the promise of dreams and loyalty into dust. The phrase "blood brothers" emphasizes the strength of the bond, and even though life takes each person on a different road, that bond remains.


The second verse of the song is more introspective, as the singer reflects on the twists and turns of life. He talks about how the world isn't black and white, it's full of shades of grey that can be overwhelming. Responsibilities take over, and dreams are pushed aside to pay bills and survive. The phrase "ride, ride, ride" emphasizes the idea of moving forward with no cover or protection, alone. The final verse is somewhat ambiguous, with the singer questioning whether any of it really matters. However, the image of the stars "burnin' bright like some mystery uncovered" provides some optimism. The singer vows to keep moving forward through the darkness with the memory of his blood brothers in his heart.


Overall, the song is a powerful representation of the close bonds of friendship and how they sustain us through the hard times. It also acknowledges the fact that life can be difficult and our dreams can be ground down by the world, but the memory of those we love can carry us through.


Line by Line Meaning

We played king of the mountain out on the end
We were daring and fearless, playing games on the fringes of society.


The world come chargin' up the hill, and we were women and men
We faced a world that was both chaotic and full of possibilities, and we did so as equals.


Now there's so much that time, time and memory fade away
The passage of time erodes our memories, leaving us with only the faintest recollections of the past.


We got our own roads to ride and chances we gotta take
Our individual paths are set, and we must take the risks and opportunities that come our way.


We stood side by side each one fightin' for the other
We were loyal and supportive of each other, willing to fight for each other's wellbeing.


We said until we died we'd always be blood brothers
We made a solemn vow to remain loyal and supportive throughout our lives, no matter what the future held.


Now the hardness of this world slowly grinds your dreams away
The harsh realities of life can wear down even the most idealistic of dreams over time.


Makin' a fool's joke out of the promises we make
The world can be cynical and dismissive of our sincere pledges and commitments.


And what once seemed black and white turns to so many shades of gray
The clear-cut distinctions we once believed in become more complex and nuanced upon closer inspection.


We lose ourselves in work to do and bills to pay
We become consumed by the everyday obligations of life and forget our larger dreams and aspirations.


And it's a ride, ride, ride, and there ain't much cover
Life is unpredictable and throws up challenges without warning, leaving us exposed and vulnerable.


With no one runnin' by your side my blood brother
Sometimes we feel alone and unsupported, without the comfort of those we once counted on.


On through the houses of the dead past those fallen in their tracks
We move resolutely through our lives, past the detritus of those who failed and stumbled.


Always movin' ahead and never lookin' back
We keep our eyes fixed on the future and refuse to dwell on the past.


Now I don't know how I feel, I don't know how I feel tonight
Uncertainty and confusion cloud our emotions, leaving us unsure of our own feelings.


If I've fallen 'neath the wheel, if I've lost or I've gained sight
We second-guess our own choices and outcomes, unsure if we've made progress or regressed.


I don't even know why, I don't know why I made this call
We sometimes act impulsively or without reason, unsure of our own motivations.


Or if any of this matters anymore after all
We question the significance and ultimate meaning of our lives and our choices.


But the stars are burnin' bright like some mystery uncovered
The cosmos, with all its mystery and wonder, continues to shine brightly and inspire us.


I'll keep movin' through the dark with you in my heart
Despite the challenges and uncertainties, we press on with those we love and cherish carrying us forward.


My blood brother
Through thick and thin, we remain loyal and supportive of each other, bound by our shared experiences and kinship.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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