Wrecking ball lyrics: Jack of all trades

This song came as a bit of a surprise after Easy Money and Schackled and drawn,  as it brings a complete change of pace. Which I later realized, fits perfectly into the bigger picture of the album as a whole. Personally I think one of Bruce’s many talents is to fit heartbreaking lyrics to feet-stomping melodies, and in doing so he makes it more accessible for ordinary folks (like me) who are no music pros, but just enjoy a nice, catching melody. Of course then the lyrics creeps up on you and before you know, they have you by the throat.

This song made me cry the very first time I heard it. It seems to be a beautiful pledge of love and commitment, something a groom can sing to his bride. And then those last lines hit you in the face and break your heart. I have read somewhere that somebody called this song the first dud on the album, but I strongly disagree. (Not that it really matters, different people have different tastes.) To me as a writer who strives for showing instead of telling, this is a super example of showing at its best. And this is probably the centre of my continueing fascination with Springsteen’s work – the sheer quality of his lyrics. (That he is a very attractive and apparently decent man with a sense of humour plus …. plus … plus … is just a bonus! :))

This song also makes me think of many ordinary couples who have been married for a long time. The honeymoon is long over, the thrill is gone, and often people realize that their partner is not really the person they want him/her to be. And then they feel they have done their best for so many years, but nothing was really enough. It could be the easiest thing to turn to desperate measures (hopefully not really a gun) to try to revive the relationship (having an affair, threatening to leave, etc)

My favourite lines?
Now sometimes tomorrow comes soaked in treasure and blood
Here we stood the drought, now we’ll stand the flood
There’s a new world coming, I can see the light

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Full lyrics:

I’ll mow your lawn, clean the leaves out your drain
I’ll mend your roof to keep out the rain
I’ll take the work that God provides
I’m a Jack of all trades, honey, we’ll be alright

I’ll hammer the nails, and I’ll set the stone
I’ll harvest your crops when they’re ripe and grown
I’ll pull that engine apart and patch her up ’til she’s running right
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright

A hurricane blows, brings a hard rain
When the blue sky breaks, feels like the world’s gonna change
We’ll start caring for each other like Jesus said that we might
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright

The banker man grows fatter, the working man grows thin
It’s all happened before and it’ll happen again
It’ll happen again, they’ll bet your life
I’m a Jack of all trades and, darling, we’ll be alright

Now sometimes tomorrow comes soaked in treasure and blood
Here we stood the drought, now we’ll stand the flood
There’s a new world coming, I can see the light
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright

So you use what you’ve got, and you learn to make do
You take the old, you make it new
If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot ’em on sight
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright

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