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The Promise

This song was 65 x played live .

This songs has been heard live by 2600 users.

First time played on: 03/08/1976

Latest time played on: 25/06/2016

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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 dreams

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 flats
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
Thunder Road, we were gonna take it all and throw it all away
Played in:
03/08/1976Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJUnited States
29/09/1976Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CAUnited States
30/09/1976Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CAUnited States
09/10/1976University of Notre Dame, South Bend, INUnited States
10/10/1976Miami University, Oxford, OHUnited States
12/10/1976Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJUnited States
13/10/1976Kean College, Union, NJUnited States
16/10/1976William & Mary University, Williamsburg, VAUnited States
18/10/1976Georgetown University, Washington, DCUnited States
25/10/1976The Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
27/10/1976The Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
28/10/1976Palladium, New York, NYUnited States
29/10/1976Palladium, New York, NYUnited States
30/10/1976Palladium, New York, NYUnited States
02/11/1976Palladium, New York, NYUnited States
07/02/1977Palace Theatre, Albany, NYUnited States
08/02/1977Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NYUnited States
23/02/1977Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, ILUnited States
26/02/1977Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, INUnited States
20/03/1977Providence College, Alumni Hall, Providence, RIUnited States
22/03/1977Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
19/05/1978Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
23/05/1978Shea Theatre, Buffalo, NYUnited States
24/05/1978Palace Theatre, Albany, NYUnited States
26/05/1978The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
27/05/1978The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
29/05/1978Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
30/05/1978Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
31/05/1978Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
03/06/1978Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NYUnited States
14/06/1978Music Hall, Omaha, NEUnited States
16/06/1978Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MOUnited States
20/06/1978Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, COUnited States
24/06/1978Paramount Theatre, Portland, ORUnited States
25/06/1978Seattle Arena, Seattle, WAUnited States
26/06/1978Queen Elizabeth Theatre, VancouverCanada
30/06/1978Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CAUnited States
01/07/1978Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CAUnited States
05/07/1978The Forum, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
12/07/1978Convention Theatre, Dallas, TXUnited States
14/07/1978San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TXUnited States
19/03/1999Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
23/10/1999Staples Center, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
29/06/2000Madison Square Garden, New York, NYUnited States
01/07/2000Madison Square Garden, New York, NYUnited States
20/10/2002Velodrom, BerlinGermany
21/11/2002TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, FLUnited States
07/05/2005The Lecture Hall, Denver, COUnited States
25/06/2005Hovet, StockholmSweden
16/07/2005Pepsi Arena, Albany, NYUnited States
20/07/2005Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, CTUnited States
01/08/2005U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OHUnited States
13/08/2005Pontiac Theatre at GM Place, VancouverCanada
20/10/2005DCU Center, Worcester, MAUnited States
07/12/2010Carousel House, The Casino, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
01/04/2012Verizon Center, Washington, DCUnited States
07/06/2012San Siro, MilanItaly
22/06/2012Etihad Stadium, ManchesterGreat Britain
18/07/2012RDS Arena, DublinIreland
21/07/2012Valle Hovin, OsloNorway
30/04/2013Telenor Arena, OsloNorway
03/07/2013Stade de Genve , GenveSwitzerland
08/02/2014Perth Arena, PerthAustralia
22/04/2014PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
25/06/2016Ullevi, GothenburgSweden