The Promise (Springsteen Bruce)

Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown Terry works in a rock and roll band Lookin' for that million-dollar sound I got a little job down in Darlington But some nights I don't go Some nights I go to the drive-in, or some nights I stay home I followed that dream just like those guys do up on the screen And I drive a Challenger down Route 9 through the dead ends and all the bad scenes And when the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my dream Well now I built that Challenger by myself But I needed money and so I sold it I lived a secret I should'a kept to myself But I got drunk one night and I told it All my life I fought this fight The fight that no man can never win Every day it just gets harder to live This dream I'm believing in Thunder Road, oh baby you were so right Thunder Road there's something dyin' on the highway tonight I won big once and I hit the coast But somehow I paid the big cost Inside I felt like I was carryin' the broken spirits Of all the other ones who lost When the promise is broken you go on living But it steals something from down in your soul Like when the truth is spoken and it don't make no difference Something in your heart goes cold I followed that dream through the southwestern trucks That dead ends in two-bit bars And when the promise was broken I was far away from home Sleepin' in the back seat of a borrowed car Thunder Road, for the lost lovers and all the fixed games Thunder Road, for the tires rushing by in the rain Thunder Road, Billy and me we'd always say