Lights out tonight trouble in the heartland Got a head-on collision smashin' in my guts man I'm caught in a crossfire that I don't understand But there's one thing I know for sure I don't give a damn For the same old played out scenes I don't give a damn For just the in-betweens honey I want the heart I want the soul I want control right now talk about a dream Try to make it real you wake up in the night With a fear so real spend your life waiting For a moment that just don't come Well don't waste your time waiting Badlands you gotta live it every day Let the broken hearts stand As the price you've gotta pay We'll keep pushin' till it's understood And these badlands start treating us good Workin' in the field till you get your back burned Workin' 'neath the wheels till you get your facts learned Baby I got my facts learned real good right now You better get it straight darling Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king And a king ain't satisfied till he rules everything I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got Now I believe in the love that you gave me I believe in the faith that could save me I believe in the hope and I pray that some day It will raise me above these Badlands... For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these Badlands...
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
I'm riding down Kingsley, Figuring I'll get a drink Turn the radio up loud, So I don't have to think, I take her to the floor, Looking for a moment when the world seems right, And I tear into the guts, Of something in the night. You're born with nothing, And better off that way, Soon as you've got something they send Someone to try and take it away, You can ride this road 'till dawn, Without another human being in sight, Just kids wasted on Something in the night Nothing is forgotten or forgiven, When it's your last time around, I got stuff running around 'round my head That I just can't live down When we found the things we loved, They were crushed and dying in the dirt. We tried to pick up the pieces, And get away without getting hurt, But they caught us at the state line, And burned our cars in one last fight, And left us running burned and blind, Chasing something in the night.
In Candy's room there are pictures of her heroes on the wall But to get to Candy's room you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall Strangers from the city call my baby's number and they bring her toys When I come knocking she smiles pretty she knows I wanna be Candy's boy There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face A sadness all her own from which no man can keep Candy safe We kiss my heart's pumpin' to my brain The blood rushes in my veins fire rushes towards the sky We go driving driving deep into the night I go driving deep into the light in Candy's eyes She says baby if you wanna be wild you got a lot to learn, close your eyes Let them melt let them fire let them burn 'Cause in the darkness there'll be hidden worlds that shine When I hold Candy close she makes these hidden worlds mine She has fancy clothes and diamond rings She has men who'll give her anything she wants but they don't see That what she wants is me, oh and I want her so I'll never let her go no no no She knows that I'd give all that I got to live All that I want all that I live to make Candy mine Tonight
I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396 Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor She's waiting tonight down in the parking lot Outside the Seven-Eleven store Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch And he rides with me from town to town We only run for the money got no strings attached We shut 'em up and then we shut 'em down Tonight tonight the strip's just right I wanna blow 'em off in my first heat Summer's here and the time is right We're goin' racin' in the street We take all the action we can meet And we cover all the northeast state When the strip shuts down we run 'em in the street From the fire roads to the interstate Some guys they just give up living And start dying little by little piece by piece Some guys come home from work and wash up Then go racin' in the street Tonight tonight the strip's just right I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats Calling out around the world We're going racin' in the street I met her on the strip three years ago In a Camaro with this dude from L.A. I blew that Camaro off my back and drove that little girl away But now there's wrinkles around my baby's eyes And she cries herself to sleep at night When I come home the house is dark She sighs "Baby did you make it all right" She sits on the porch of her daddy's house But all her pretty dreams are torn She stares off alone into the night With the eyes of one who hates for just being born For all the shut-down strangers and hot rod angels Rumbling through this promised land Tonight my baby and me we're gonna ride to the sea And wash these sins off our hands Tonight tonight the highway's bright Out of our way mister you best keep 'Cause summer's here and the time is right We're goin' racin' in the street
On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert I pick up my money and head back into town Driving cross the Waynesboro county line I got the radio on and I'm just killing time Working all day in my daddy's garage Driving all night chasing some mirage Pretty soon little girl I'm gonna take charge The dogs on Main Street howl 'cause they understand If I could take one moment into my hands Mister I ain't a boy no I'm a man And I believe in a promised land I've done my best to live the right way I get up every morning and go to work each day But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode Explode and tear this town apart Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart Find somebody itching for something to start The dogs on Main Street... There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm Gonna be a twister to blow everything down That ain't got the faith to stand its ground Blow away the dreams that tear you apart Blow away the dreams that break your heart Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted The dogs on Main Street...
Early in the morning factory whistle blows, Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes, Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light, It's the working, the working, just the working life. Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain, I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain, Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life, The working, the working, just the working life. End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes. And you just better believe, boy, somebody's gonna get hurt tonight, It's the working, the working, just the working life.
When the night's quiet and you don't care anymore, And your eyes are tired and there's someone at your door And you realize you wanna let go And the weak lies and the cold walls you embrace Eat at your insides and leave you face to face with Streets of fire I'm wandering, a loser down these tracks I'm dying, but girl I can't go back 'Cause in the darkness I hear somebody call my name And when you realize how they tricked you this time And it's all lies but I'm strung out on the wire In these streets of fire I live now, only with strangers I talk to only strangers I walk with angels that have no place Streets of fire
I've been working real hard, trying to get my hands clean, Tonight we'll drive that dusty road from Monroe to Angeline, To buy you a gold ring and pretty dress of blue, Baby just one kiss will get these things for you, A kiss to seal our fate tonight, A kiss to prove it all night. Chorus: Prove it all night, Girl there's nothing else that we can do, So prove it all night, prove it all night, And girl I'll prove it all night for you. Everybody's got a hunger, a hunger they can't resist, There's so much that you want, you deserve much more than this, But if dreams came true, oh, wouldn't that be nice, But this ain't no dream we're living through tonight, Girl, you want it, you take it, you pay the price. Chorus: Prove it all night, prove it all night girl and call the bluff, prove it all night, prove it all night and girl, I prove it all night for your love. Baby, tie your hair back in a long white bow, Meet me in the fields out behind the dynamo, You hear the voices telling you not to go, They made their choices and they'll never know, What it means to steal, to cheat, to lie, What it's like to live and die. To prove it all night... Chorus
They're still racing out at the Trestles But that blood it never burned in her veins Now I hear she's got a house up in Fairview And a style she's trying to maintain Well if she wants to see me You can tell her that I'm easily found Tell her there's a spot out 'neath Abram's Bridge And tell her there's a darkness on the edge of town Everybody's got a secret Sonny Something that they just can't face Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it They carry it with them every step that they take Till some day they just cut it loose Cut it loose or let it drag 'em down Where no one asks any questions Or looks too long in your face In the darkness on the edge of town Some folks are born into a good life Other folks get it anyway anyhow I lost my money and I lost my wife Them things don't seem to matter much to me now Tonight I'll be on that hill 'cause I can't stop I'll be on that hill with everything I got Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost For wanting things that can only be found In the darkness on the edge of town
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