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Song title: The rising


The rising

Can't see nothin' in front of me
Can't see nothin' coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I've gone
How far I've gone, how high I've climbed
On my back's a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile of line

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
Wearin' the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin' down here

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

There's spirits above and behind me
Faces gone black, eyes burnin' bright
May their precious blood bind me
Lord, as I stand before your fiery light

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

I see you Mary in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There's holy pictures of our children
Dancin' in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me
May I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me
Like a catfish dancin' on the end of my line

Sky of blackness and sorrow (a dream of life)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of life)
Sky of glory and sadness (a dream of life)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (a dream of life)
Sky of memory and shadow (a dream of life)
Your burnin' wind fills my arms tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of life)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed life

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

Notes: Released on the ononnymous album, played on some radio stations and available on the internet from some weeks before.


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 25/07/2002 Convention Hall, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 15/12/2018 Walter Kerr Theatre, New York,NY ,USA

Song 'history':


Published on THE RISING, in 2001.
During the Rising tour, the song was regularly included in every show
The Barcelona show of the Rising tour was broadcast and released on DVD 'LIVE IN BARCELONA', which included also this song
Played during the 'Double Take' shows in 2002
The song was then included in the ESSENTIAL compilation, released in 2003.
Played during the Vote For Change tour, in October 2004.
Played during the rehearsals for the Devils and dust Tour, in Mar/Apr 2005.
During the Devils and Dust tour, the song was regularly included in every show
Played during the rehearsals for the Magic tour, in Sep 2007.
During the Magic tour, the song was regularly included in every show, missing a sole performance
Played each night of the Working on a Dream tour
Perfomed in a large number of shows (107) of the Wrecking Ball tour
A quite firm number for the whole High Hopes tour, missing just from 5 shows
A quite firm number for the whole 2016 The River tour, missing just from 3 shows
Published in live soundtrack of 'Springsteen on Broadway' show
Performed 12 times during the 2017 Summer tour
A stable inclusion in each Springsteen on Broadway tour show

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