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Song title: Long time coming


Long time coming - Album version

Out where the creek turn shallow and sandy
And the moon comes skimmin' away the stars
When the mesquite comes rushin' over the hilltops
Straight into my arms
Straight into my arms

I'm ridin' hard carryin' a cache of roses
A fresh map that I made
Now I'm gonna get birth naked and bury my old soul
And dance on it's grave
And dance on it's grave

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here

Well my daddy he was just a stranger
Lived in a hotel downtown
Well when I was a kid he was just somebody
Somebody I'd see around
Somebody I'd see around

Well now down below and pullin' on my shirt
Yeah I got some kids of my own
Well if I had one wish for you in this god forsaken world, kid
It'd be that your mistakes will be your own
That your sins will be your own

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here

Out 'neath the arms of Cassiopeia
Where the sword of Orion sweeps
It's me and you, Rosie, cracklin' like crossed wires
And you breathin' in your sleep
And you breathin' in your sleep

Well there's just a spark of a campfire left burnin'
Two kids in a sleeping bag beside
Reach 'neath your shirt, put my hands across your belly and feel
Another one kickin' inside
And I ain't gonna fuck it up this time

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here


Long time coming - 12-Nov-1996 version

Out where the creek turns shallow and sandy
And the moon comes skimmin' away the stars
When mesquite comes rushin' over the hilltops
Straight into my arms
Straight into my arms

Well I'm ridin' hard carryin' a cache of Rose's
And a fresh map that I made
Tonight I'm gonna give birth naked and bury my old soul
And dance on it's grave
And dance on it's grave

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here

Well my daddy he was just a stranger
Lived in a hotel downtown
Well when I was a kid he was just somebody
Somebody I'd see around
Somebody I'd see around

Well now down below and pullin' on my shirt
Yeah I've got some kids of my own
Well if I had one wish for you in this god forsaken world kid
It'd be that your mistakes will be your own
That your sins will be your own

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here

Well out 'neath the arms of Cassiopeia
Where the sword of Orion sweeps
Well it's me and you Rosie cracklin' like crossed wires
You breathin' in your sleep
You breathin' in your sleep

Well there's just a spark of a campfire left burnin'
Two kids in a sleeping bag beside
I reach beneath your shirt put my hands across your belly and feel
Another one kickin' inside
And I ain't gonna fuck it up this time

It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
And now it's here


Long time coming - TGOTJ live version

Where the creek runs shallow and sandy
the moon swoops over the stars
------- straight into my arms
I’m going to get birth naked and bury my old soul
and dance on it’s grave
dance on his grave

It’s a long time coming
a long time coming my dear
But now it’s here

my daddy was a stranger
lived in a hotel downtown
when I was a kid
he was just somebody I’d see around
somebody I’d see around

It’s a long time coming
a long time coming my dear
But now it’s here

down below and pulling on my shirt
I got some kids of my own
but if I had one wish kids
that your mistakes would be your own
your sins would be your own

It’s a long time coming
a long time coming my dear
But now it’s here

I am laying under the arms of Cassiopeia
the sword of Orion sweeps
it’s me and you Rosie
crackling like crossed wires
I listen to you breathing in your sleep

the sparks of the fire are left burning
lie 2 kids in sleeping bags
I reach under your shirt and feel your belly
there’s another one kicking inside
I promise I ain’t going to fuck it up this time


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 16/10/1996 Paramount Theatre, Denver,CO ,USA
Last known live performance: 05/12/2018 Walter Kerr Theatre, New York,NY ,USA

Song 'history':


Bruce inserted it 36 times in the setlists of the Ghost of Tom Joad tour
Played during the rehearsals for the Devils and dust Tour, in Mar/Apr 2005.
Published on the 'DEVILS AND DUST' Album, released in April 2005.
During the Devils and Dust tour, the song was regularly included in every show, with just a couple of exceptions
Often played during the The Seeger Session tour (22 times)
During the Wrecking Ball tour, the song was played 3 times
Published in live soundtrack of 'Springsteen on Broadway' show
Performed 1 times during the 2017 Summer tour
27 perfomances were given during the Springsteen on Broadway tour
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