Wrecking Ball lyrics: Rocky Ground

Rocky Ground is one of the very few songs on Wrecking Ball that I do not really like, and which does not seem to grow on me. It is difficult to say why, as quite a few reviewers see it as one of the best songs on the album. Which shows that a song being good or bad does not always have that much to do with how it touches people.
Maybe it is because personally I am moving away from the old beliefs with which I have grown up. Bruce’s music generally speaks so clearly to me because he usually seems to concentrate on the power of a person to leave a difficult/negative situation, not to necessarily wait for divine intervention. Maybe it is just because I am generally not a big fan of gospel music.
I am certainly not a rap fan, but the little piece of rap in this song seems to fit perfectly. To me it is just another sample of the creativity and the need to keep on trying new things that went into the making of Wrecking Ball.

Favourite lines:

You use your muscle and your mind and you pray your best
That your best is good enough, the Lord will do the rest
You raise your children and you teach ‘them to walk straight and sure
You pray that hard times, hard times, come no more
You try to sleep, you toss and turn, the bottom’s dropping out
Where you once had faith now there’s only doubt
You pray for guidance, only silence now meets your prayers
The morning breaks, you awake but no one’s there

As always, thanks to Blogness for the three-sentence review and the picture. And no, I now have no idea where I have found the lyrics, because it seems to be gone from www.springsteenlyrics.com.

  • I’m a soldier!)We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky groundRise up shepherd, rise upYour flock has roamed far from the hills

    The stars have faded, the sky is still

    The angels are shouting “Glory Hallelujah”

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    Forty days and nights of rain have washed this land

    Jesus said the money changers in this temple will not stand

    Find your flock, get them to higher ground

    Flood waters rising and ???

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    (I’m a soldier!)

    Tend to your flock or they will stray

    We’ll be called for our service come Judgment Day

    Before we cross that river wide

    Blood on our hands will come back on us twice

    (I’m a soldier!)

    Rise up shepherd, rise up

    Your flock has roamed far from the hills

    Stars have faded, the sky is still

    Sun’s in the heavens and a new day’s rising

    You use your muscle and your mind and you pray your best

    That your best is good enough, the Lord will do the rest

    You raise your children and you teach ‘them to walk straight and sure

    You pray that hard times, hard times, come no more

    You try to sleep, you toss and turn, the bottom’s dropping out

    Where you once had faith now there’s only doubt

    You pray for guidance, only silence now meets your prayers

    The morning breaks, you awake but no one’s there

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    There’s a new day coming

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    (I’m a soldier!)

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    There’s a new day coming

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    (I’m a soldier!)

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    There’s a new day coming

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    (I’m a soldier!)

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

    There’s a new day coming

    We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

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