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Song title: One step up


One step up

Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn’t burnin’
Went out and hoped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain’t turnin’
We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact
One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room
But he ain’t singin’
Girl in white outside a church in June
But the church bells they ain’t ringing
I’m sitting here in this bar tonight
But all I’m thinkin’ is
I’m the same old story same old act
One step up and two steps back

It’s the same thing night on night
Who’s wrong baby who’s right
Another fight and I slam the door on
Another battle in our dirty little war
When I look at myself I don’t see
The man I wanted to be
Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
I’m caught movin’ one step up and two steps back

There’s a girl across the bar
I get the message she’s sending
Mmm she ain’t lookin’ to married
And me well honey I’m pretending
Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms
The music was never-ending
We danced as the evening sky faded to black
One step up and two steps back


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 01/01/1988 Fort Monmouth, Oceanport,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 06/05/2014 Cynthia Woods Michelle Pavillion, Houston,TX ,USA

Song 'history':


Published on TUNNEL OF LOVE, in 1987.
Perfomed in a large number of shows (47) of the Tunnel of Love tour
In the Rising tour, the song was only practiced (27/09/2003 Miller Park, Milwaukee,WI ,USA, during the soundcheck.) but never played in the regular set.
Not much used during the Devils and Dust tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
One only performance during the High Hopes tour (06/05/2014 Cynthia Woods Michelle Pavillion, Houston,TX ,USA)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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