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Bruce Springsteen - Lost in the Flood (Hammersmith Odeon 1975)

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Lost in the Flood on Wikipedia
"Lost in the Flood"
Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1973
Recorded914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
LabelColumbia Records
Writer(s)Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s)Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. track listing

Side one

  1. "Blinded by the Light"
  2. "Growin' Up"
  3. "Mary Queen of Arkansas"
  4. "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?"
  5. "Lost in the Flood"

Side two

  1. "The Angel"
  2. "For You"
  3. "Spirit in the Night"
  4. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"

"Lost in the Flood" is a song by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in 1973.


  • 1 Music and themes
    • 1.1 Lyrics
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 References

Music and themes

"Lost in the Flood" is a sparse, piano-driven song, seemingly about a Vietnam War veteran. This is the first of many epic Springsteen songs that elicit strong emotions, usually of despair, grief, and small glimpse of hope. The treatment of veterans in the United States has always been a sore spot for Springsteen. The lyrics[1] tell a loose story, invoking a series of images that tell three different stories for each of the three verses.


The first verse is about "ragamuffin gunner" and has a recurring theme of religion, including references to the "hit-and-run" pleading for "sanctuary" and hiding beneath a "holy stone," while "breakin' beams and crosses with a spastic's reeling perfection" and "nuns run bald through Vatican halls, pregnant, pleading Immaculate Conception." Finally, "everybody's wrecked on Main Street from drinking unholy blood."

The second verse is about a "pure American brother", "Jimmy the Saint", perhaps the same person as the "ragamuffin gunner" from the first verse. This is the beginning of Springsteen's use of automobile themes (along with "The Angel"), as the pure American brother "races Sundays in Jersey in a Chevy stock Super Eight" and "leans on the hood telling racing stories." Eventually, Jimmy the Saint gets into some sort of accident (described as running "headfirst into a hurricane") and presumably dies since "there was nothing left but some blood where the body fell."

The third verse concerns a series of people on the streets of a city, presumably New York. They include "Eighth Avenue sailors in satin shirts," "some storefront incarnation of Maria," "Bronx's best apostle", "the cops," "the whiz-bang gang" and "some kid" who gets shot in the ensuing gun fight and holds "his leg, screaming something in Spanish."


  • Bruce Springsteen - vocals
  • Clarence Clemons - saxophone
  • Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez - drums
  • Gary Tallent - bass
  • David Sancious - piano, organ


  1. ^ Lost in the Flood: Bruce Springsteen Archived February 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

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