“The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen

Song of the Day

September 11, 2017

Written by Bruce Springsteen
Produced by Brendan O’Brien
Recorded at Southern Tracks Studio, Atlanta, GA, March 2002
Released on the album The Rising in July 2002

Following the tragedies of September 11, 2001, an anonymous fan approached Bruce Springsteen and simply stated “we need you now”. So Springsteen got to work and produced would be his first studio album in seven years and his first collaboration with the E Street Band in nearly two decades.

Bruce Springsteen, 2002

“The Rising” is the title track and lead single from this 12th album by Springsteen and the song received critical acclaim and eventually won a Grammy Award. Lyrically, the song speaks of a FDNY firefighter who climbs one of the World Trade Center towers and the desperate environment he encounters, while tonally this song has an almost religious vibe.

Listen to “The Rising”:

Song Lyrics

Can’t see nothin’ in front of me, can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness, I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone how far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
On my back’s a sixty pound stone on my shoulder a half mile line

Come on up for the rising, come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising, come on up for the rising tonight

I left the house this morning, bells ringing filled the air
Wearin’ the cross of my calling on wheels of fire I come rollin’ down here

Come on up for the rising, come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising, come on up for the rising tonight
Li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li

Spirits above and behind me, faces gone black, eyes burnin’ bright
May their precious blood forever bind me
Lord as I stand before your fiery light
Li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li

I see you Mary in the garden, in the garden of a thousand sighs
There’s holy pictures of our children, dancin’ in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me, may I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me like a catfish dancin’ on the end of the line

Sky of blackness and sorrow (a dream of life)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of life)
Sky of glory and sadness (a dream of life)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (a dream of life)
Sky of memory and shadow (a dream of life)
Your burnin’ wind fills my arms tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of life)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed life (a dream of life)

Come on up for the rising, come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising, come on up for the rising tonight

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