Cautious Man

Bruce Springsteen

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 Bill Horton was a cautious man of the road
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He walked lookin' over his shoulder and remained faithful to its code 
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 When something caught his eye he'd measure his need
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 And then very carefully he'd proceed

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Billy met a yound girl in the early days of May
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It was there in her arms he let his cautiousness slip away
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 In their lovers twilight as the evening sky grew dim
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He'd lay back in her arms and laugh what had happened to him

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On his right hand Billy tatooed the word love
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And on his left hand was the word fear
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And in which hand he held his fate was never clear
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Come Indian summer he took his young lover for his bride
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And with own hands built a great house down by the riverside

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Now Billy was an honest man he wanted to do what was right
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He worked hard to fill their lives with happy days and loving nights
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Alone on his knees in the darkness for steadiness he'd pray
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For he knew in a restless heart the seed of betrayal lay

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One night Billy awoke from a terrible dream callin' his wife's name
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She lay breathing beside him in a peaceful sleep a thousand miles away
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 He got dressed in the moonlight and down to the highway he strode
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When he got there he didn't find nothing but road

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Billy felt a coldness rise up inside him that he couldn't name
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Just as the words tattooed 'cross his knuckles he knew would always remain
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At their bedside he brushed the hair from his wife's face
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 as the moon shone on her skin so white
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Filling their room with the beauty of God's fallen light

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