I’m a lover of B sides. Downbound Train, Darlington County, and No Surrender were not the big hits off of Born In The USA but these are the ones I listen to the most.
This song starts off with I had a job, I had a girl, I had something going, mister, in this world and his life goes down from there. The poor guy had 3 jobs in the space of 3 minutes. The song has enough drama to be a soap opera but the riff and that great sound lift it up. Like the rest of the album, the song has a sound that is great.
What makes this album stand out…other than the great songs… is the mix that Bob Clearmountain did…everything is sharp and in focus…every guitar lick, vocal, and drum.
Thanks to deKE for recommending this song!
Tomorrow we will have a couple more from the album. This is not my favorite Bruce album but it’s tied to a great time in my life.
I had a job, I had a girl
I had something going, mister, in this world
I got laid off down at the lumber yard
Our love went bad, times got hard
Now I work down at the car wash
Where all it ever does is rain
Don’t you feel like you’re a rider on a downbound train
She just said, “Joe, I gotta go
We had it once, we ain’t got it anymore”
She packed her bags, left me behind
She bought a ticket on the Central Line
Nights as I sleep, I hear that whistle whining
I feel her kiss in the misty rain
And I feel like I’m a rider on a downbound train
Last night I heard your voice
You were crying, crying, you were so alone
You said your love had never died
You were waiting for me at home
Put on my jacket, I ran through the woods
I ran till I thought my chest would explode
There in the clearing, beyond the highway
In the moonlight, our wedding house shone
I rushed through the yard
I burst through the front door, my head pounding hard
Up the stairs I climbed
The room was dark, our bed was empty
Then I heard that long whistle whine
And I dropped to my knees, hung my head and cried
Now I swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang
Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
Now, don’t it feel like you’re a rider on a downbound train