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Song title: Wages of sin


Wages of sin

When we fight and I wanna talk it out
You won’t say nothing, nothing at all
You just sit there, you won’t open that pretty mouth
I think you like keeping my back up against the wall
Wages of sin, you keep me paying
Wages of sin for wrongs that I’ve done
Wages of sin, you keep me paying
Wages of sin, one by one

I walk in the apartment, there’s clothes thrown all over the place
You’re crouched in the corner with makeup running down your face
I don’t wanna believe what my heart keeps saying
You keep me on the line so you can keep me paying
Wages of sin, we keep paying
Wages of sin for the wrongs that we’ve done
Wages of sin, we keep paying
Wages of sin, that’s how we have our fun

I remember when I was a little boy out where the cottonwoods grow tall
Trying to make it home through the forest before the darkness falls[1]
Baby all the sounds I heard, even if they weren’t real
I was running down that broken path with the devil snapping at my heels[1]
I tried so hard, so hard in every way
Swore someday I’d grow up, just throw it all away
Cried all the tears, baby, that I could cry
Stomached all my fears till they came rushin’ up inside
Darlin’ I’m losin’ and it’s a mean game
Still I play on and on just the same
Wages of sin, I keep paying
Wages of sin for some wrong that I’ve done
Wages of sin, well I keep paying
Wages of sin, one by one

Notes: [1] These verses are similar to some parts of My father's house


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Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 08/05/2013 HK Arena, Turku ,Finland during the Wrecking ball tour

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Unique known live performance: 08/05/2013 HK Arena, Turku ,Finland

Song 'history':


Originally recorded acoustically for the NEBRASKA album, but then left out of the album
Recorded during the BITUSA sessions (late 1982-mid 1984), but then not included on the album.
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song.
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the Wrecking Ball tour (08/05/2013 HK Arena, Turku ,Finland)
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