Working on the Highway
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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Friday night and a guy's fresh out of work
Talking 'bout the weekend, scrubbing off the dirt
Some heading home to their families, some looking to get hurt
Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts

I work for the county out on 95
All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
Someday, mister, I'm gonna lead a better life than this

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

(Woo)

I met her at a dance down at the union hall
She was standing with her brothers, back up against the wall
Sometimes we'd go walking down the Union tracks
One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back
So I'm

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

Woo

Saved up my money and I put it all away
I went to see her daddy but we didn't have much to say
"Son, can't you see that she's just a little girl
She don't know nothing about this cruel, cruel world"

We lit out down to Florida, we got along alright
One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black-and-white
The prosecutor kept the promise that he made on that day
And the judge got mad and he put me straight away
I wake up every morning to the work bell clang
Me and the warden go swinging on the Charlotte County road gang
I'm

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh




Ooh ooh ooh
Alright, come on

Overall Meaning

Bruce Springsteen's "Working on the Highway" is a song that explores the idea of searching for something more than an ordinary, hardworking life. It describes a man who works as a flagman for the county on Route 95, stuck in a daily routine that he yearns to escape from. He dreams of a better life with a "pretty little miss" who he sees as his ticket out of there. However, his attempts to win her over come in conflict with her family and legal authorities, ultimately landing him in jail on a road gang with a warden. The song emphasizes the repetitive nature of hard labor and being stuck in a dead-end job with no escape, while also showing the brutal consequences of taking chances in life.


The opening verse of the song sets the general scene, describing average people from the working-class looking to unwind after a week of work. The second verse introduces the singer - frustrated with his routine job who dreams of a better life with a “pretty little miss". The third verse sees the singer get into trouble with the authorities for pursuing this dream of happiness. It progresses on to describe the misfortunes he faces as a result of the pursuit of his desires. Ultimately, the song captures the hopelessness and the frustration of the blue-collar workers who are stuck in a system with no apparent way out.


Line by Line Meaning

Friday night and a guy's fresh out of work
It's a Friday and a man is done working for the week. He's excited to be able to take some time off and relax for the weekend.


Talking 'bout the weekend, scrubbing off the dirt
The man is discussing his plans for the weekend, and is looking forward to cleaning up and relaxing after a long week at work.


Some heading home to their families, some looking to get hurt
Some people are going home to be with their loved ones, while others are planning on getting into trouble or causing problems.


Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts
A number of people are heading over to Stovell, and some of them are troublemakers or have a reputation for getting into fights.


I work for the county out on 95
The artist is employed by the county, and works along a busy road called 95.


All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
His job involves holding a red flag and making sure that traffic moves safely through the construction site.


In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
Despite his current situation, he's thinking about a young woman that he has feelings for, and uses that as motivation for a better future.


Someday, mister, I'm gonna lead a better life than this
He's certain that his future will be brighter and more fulfilling than his current job, and dreams of a better life away from the roadway.


We lit out down to Florida, we got along alright
He and his girlfriend decide to leave town, and take a trip together to Florida. Things seem to be going well for the two of them.


One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black-and-white
However, one day her brothers come and take her away from him, and the police arrest him soon after.


The prosecutor kept the promise that he made on that day
The prosecutor follows through on a warning they received when they were arrested.


And the judge got mad and he put me straight away
He is punished severely and sent to jail by the judge.


I wake up every morning to the work bell clang
He now wakes up each day to a bell that signals the start of a day of hard labour.


Me and the warden go swinging on the Charlotte County road gang
He's now part of a road work crew in Charlotte County, and spends his days working hard labor alongside the prison warden.


Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
He's now working on the same highway he used to direct traffic for, but is now laying down the asphalt instead.


Working on the highway, all day long I don't stop
He's working extremely long hours without a break or rest.


Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
He's using heavy equipment to blast through bedrock in order to build a new road.


Working on the highway, working on the highway
Despite being in prison and forced into hard labor, he remains dedicated to his job and takes pride in his work.




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Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@saraoliveira5784

Fia, ele não morreu, Não.
Ele tá por aí.
Só não sei se têm alguma Turnê, esse ano.
Se ele vim para o Brasil...
Vamo juntar às Pratinhas pra ir. Hehe.
Santo Deus, Haja dinheiro.
É melhor, eu ir trabalhar colega.
Eu vendo Brigadeiros...
Qualquer coisa, é só se comunicar comingo. rs.😘



@saraoliveira5784

@Valquiria Bueno
Isso é o que eu chamo de amor por um Ídolo...
Seu Bruce canta demais.😍
Eu mesmo amo de paixão...
A melhor banda do Mundo!
Sabe, quem é? U2.
Eita, lasquêra.
É bom demais.
Mas, no meu Coraçãozinho tbm, têm: Sting e Seu Bruce Springsteen.😍
Sou Fã de todos eles.😊



All comments from YouTube:

@jakegodfrey4320

Saw Bruce and the E Street Band play this tonight at the same place, ten years since this video. They have not lost one ounce of energy or enthusiasm!

@pietrobassosilva2379

I was there too! Amazing show! :D

@anapana1064

Como amo bruce e sua familia e sua banda e seu jeito humano de tratar a todos......amo pra sempre....sonho um dia assistir um schol lindo desse...sonhar nao e proibido nao é.
Amo de chorar com eles.

@suraiadosreis4815

Aí canta! Essa voz do Bruce e única!🤩

@WilliaNBK7

10 years guys! What a show. I wish I could have been there!

@TheBethoula

So much energy in this song! I love all the extra instruments and back up vocals!

@iamjesper

@Alexander Kalchev I think he's simply comparing it to the studio version of the song, which indeed is a bit dull and definitely not as fun as this live version.

@coop4476

@iamjesper I think additional is the word they were looking for

@holliswilliams8426

@iamjesper I really liked some other songs on the album, but find this one dull.

@liper13

Underrated song! Pure joy.

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