One Step Up

by Bruce Springsteen

from the album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems


Woke up this mornin’ the house was cold
Checked the furnace she wasn’t burnin’
Went out and hopped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain’t turnin’
Given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact
One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room but he ain’t singin’
Girl in white outside a church in June
But the churchbells they ain’t ringin’
Sittin’ here in this bar tonight
And all I’m thinkin’ is
I’m the same old story same old act
One step up and two steps back

It’s the same thing night all night
Who’s wrong and baby who’s right
Another fight and I slam the door on
Another battle in our dirty little war
When I look at myself I don’t see the man I wanted to be
Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
I’m caught movin’ one step up and two steps back

There’s a girl across the bar
I get the message she’s sendin’
Mmm she ain’t lookin’ too merry
And me, well, honey, I’m pretendin’
Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms
The music was never endin’
We danced as the evening sky faded to black
Movin’ one step up and two steps back