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Well they’re still racing out at the trestles,
But that blood never burned in her veins,
Well I hear she got a house up in Fairview,
In a style she’s trying to maintain.
Well if she wants to see me,
Yeah you can tell her that I’m easily found,
Well tell her there’s a spot out ‘neath Abram’s Bridge,
And there’s a darkness on the edge of town.

Well everybody’s got their secrets, sonny,
Yeah something that they just can’t face,
Well some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it,
Yeah they carry it with them every step that they take.
Till one 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.

Well some folks are born into a good life,
Well other folks get it anyway, anyhow,
Well you know I lost my money and I lost my wife,
Those things don’t seem to matter much oh to me now.
Well tonight I’ll be on that hill ’cause I just can’t stop,
I’ll be on that hill with everything I got,
Living lives on the line where dreams are found and lost,
You know I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost,
For wanting the things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town.


Written by Bruce Springsteen and performed by Shakey Graves. Lyrics may not be quite as original or even what’s actually sung here …

For more on Shakey Graves, see https://bashfulbadgersblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/why-people-are-paying-attention-to-shakey-graves/.