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We Are Alive

Bruce Springsteen
Language: English



There is a cross up yonder on Calvary Hill
There is a slip of blood on a silver knife
There is a graveyard kid down below
Where at night did come to life
And above the stars, they crackle in fire
A dead man’s moon throws seven rings
we'd put our ears to the cold grave stones
This is the song they’d sing

We are alive
And though our bodies lie
alone here in the dark
Our spirits rise
to carry the fire and light the spark
To stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart

A voice cried out, I was killed in Maryland in 1877
When the railroad workers made their stand
I was killed in 1963 one Sunday morning in Birmingham
I died last year crossing the southern desert
My children left behind in San Pablo
Well, they left our bodies here to rot
Oh please let them know

We are alive
Oh, and though we lie
alone here in the dark
Our souls will rise
to carry the fire and light the spark
To fight shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart

Let your mind rest easy,
sleep well my friend
It’s only our bodies that betray us in the end

I awoke last night in a dark and dreamy deep
From my head to my feet my body'd gone stone cold
There were worms crawling all around me
My fingers scratching at an earth
black and six foot low

Alone in the blackness of my grave
Alone I’d been left to die
Then I heard voices calling all around me
The earth rose above me,
my eyes filled with sky

We are alive
And though our bodies lie
alone here in the dark
Our souls and spirits rise
To carry the fire and light the spark
To fight shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart
To stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart
We are alive


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