Bruce Springsteen's Unreleased Mid-90s Demo 'Homestead' Sounds Like a Boss Classic
    • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    We all know Bruce Springsteen's home is New Jersey, but according to the unreleased demo, "Homestead", he was "born in the corn fields of Kentucky." The song, was co-written by Bruce and featured on Joe Grushecky's mid-90s record American Babylon. During a recent visit to Sirius XM's E Street Radio, the Pittsburgh singer-songwriter shared this demo where the Boss took on the lead vocal duties. Thematically and musically "Homestead" would rest easy on most post-80s Bruce albums. Listen below.

    Rumor has it that Bruce will be sharing his new sing, "High Hopes" tomorrow, so stay tuned for more information!

    "Homestead" Lyrics:

    I was born in the corn fields of Kentucky
    I moved north in '73
    The war was still going strong so I found a job
    Rolling steel in a foundry in Homestead
    I worked beside a guy named Grzbowski
    Who taught me how to keep safe
    He said "there's many a man who lost the fingers from
    Their hands
    You could wind up crippled or dead in Homestead
    And the steel glowed in the white hot chambers
    The furnace spit fire and smoke
    And the sunlight came through the cracks in the roof
    The dust was so thick you could choke
    I heard all the old stories about the twelve hour shifts
    In the mill
    And the union brothers the Pinkertons tried hard to kill
    Heard about Frick and Carnegie the day the river ran red
    How the union caved in - in Homestead
    It was more than a job it was my family
    I got married - settled down - bought a home
    And in the bars down the street - in the late summer heat
    You never had to feel alone
    I got work tearin' those old mills down
    Until there's nothing left but the sweat and blood
    In the ground
    At night we tuck our little babies in bed
    We still pray to the red, white and blue in Homestead
    I'm still livin' in Homestead

    h/t: CoS

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