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Song title: Brothers under the bridge


Brothers under the bridge

Saigon, it was all gone
The same Coke machines as the streets I grew on
Down in a mesquite canyon, come walking along the ridge
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Campsite’s an hour’s walk from the nearest road or town
There’s too much brush in camp for the CHP choppers to touch down
Ain’t lookin’ for nothin , I just want to live
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Come the Santa Anas and man that dry brush would light
Billy Devon got burned up in his own campfire one winter night
We buried his body in the white stone high up on the ridge
Me and the brothers under the bridge

I had enough of the town oh and the street life
Over nothing you end up on the wrong end of someone’s knife
Now I want no trouble and I ain’t got none to give
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Well I shipped home back in ‘72
And you know you were just a beautiful light
In your mom’s dark eyes of blue
I stood down on the tarmac, I was just a kid
Me and the brothers under the bridge

Come Veterans’ Day I sat on the stand in my dress blues
I held your mother’s hand, and they passed with the red, white and blue
One minute you’re right there, and somethin’ slips..........…

Notes: These lyrics refer to the “Tracks” version.


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 16/12/1995 Orpheum Theater, Boston,MA ,USA
Last known live performance: 01/05/2014 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa,FL ,USA

Song 'history':


Recorded between 1992 and 1995, but not used neither on GREATEST HITS nor in BLOOD BROTHERS
Widely used in the Ghost of Tom Joad tour, as it was performed 91 times
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song. Also included in the TRACKS 'greatest hits', '18-TRACKS'.
One only rendering for this song in the Reunion tour (11/04/1999 Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona ,Spain)
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the High Hopes tour (01/05/2014 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa,FL ,USA)
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