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Song title: Pilgrim in the temple of love

Pilgrim in the temple of love

It was Christmas eve, I was standing in the parking lot
of “Fabulous Girls - Nude, Nude, Nude”
In the car next to me there was a young lady
givin’ a blow job to a man in a Santa Claus suit
His beard was crooked, his hat askew embarrassed, I turned to go
When from the back seat of the mazda
I heard somebody shout “oh, baby, don’t stop”
And a merry “ho ho ho”
Well I walked inside, I ordered a beer and a double shot of whiskey
and in three minutes I had fallen in love
The DJ announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, from Fort Worth, Texas - lady
Godiva” and I sat and worshipped ‘neath the angel above
At the end of her set she brushed her hair came and sat on the stool
to my right and said “will you buy me a drink?”
My heart beat fast, my trousers grew tight and wittily I replied “uhh....”
She showed me a picture of her kid, said during the day she’s an art student
She dances six nights a week for slobs and idiots like this,
of course, present company excluded
On Donner, on Dancer, on Comet, on Blitzen
I’m lost in the valley of the Supervixens
Worshippin’ at the feet of the goddess above
I’m a pilgrim in the temple of love,
Ma just a pilgrim in the temple of love

Well, then Santa came stumblin’ in
and somebody shouted “hey Santa, where’re your elves?”
He sat down on the stool to my left
and the bartender took a vodka bottle off the shelf
He asked if mrs. Claus had called,
to tell her he worked the late shift at the mall and he was
sorry, but he just got through
I turned and I asked him “how’s the kids this year, Santa?”
Beneath his breath he whispered “a merry fuck you”
Well, then the owner came over and
he was a short fat ugly guy with a
funny kind of pushed-in face
He shook my hand and said it was the
first time they ever had a superstar in this place
Lady Godiva bought me a few drinks and words came out
of my mouth what they were I couldn’t guess
But it was something about showgirls, lapdancing,
Motley Crew, you can guess the rest


Well, I walked outside, snow was fallin’,
I had some toys to put together, it was Christmas time
Santa followed me into the parking lot
and threw up on the hood of the car next to mine
I gave him my hankerchief, pulled out onto the highway
and as I sat at the light
I swear I saw a sleigh with a dozen reindeer pull out of the parking lot
And cut across to the mall and a voice shouted,
“Merry Christmas to all, you assholes, and a good fuckin’ night”

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This song has never been published on any official release.

First known live performance: 16/04/1996 Royal Albert Hall, London ,GB
Last known live performance: 08/02/1997 Capitol Theatre, Sydney ,Australia

Song 'history':

Bruce inserted it 20 times in the setlists of the Ghost of Tom Joad tour
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