Across the Border

My husband and I are going to see Bruce Springsteen on May 12! I’m so excited; this is my graduation present. :)

I’ve been meaning to post this song for a while; it’s my all time favorite Bruce tune. I love it because it’s a song about longing for Heaven just as much as it’s a song about immigration. 

Those of us who love God, long for Heaven. We want to KNOW God, to be in His presence, and finally experience Love Himself. This song speaks to that desire, to find the peace of Heaven. 

Those of us who have never been forced to make a desperate and dangerous choice for the sake of our families and a better life, can’t really know what an undocumented immigrant experiences, but I think this song speaks really powerfully to the desires in the heart of an immigrant. One in Mexico who thinks life will be better here in the US. One in the US who longs for the beauty and family of her home country. One who is not quite here or there. 

As Christians, we relate. We’re in the world, but our hearts and eyes are fixed on Heaven. 

Thanks for providing food for thought Bruce. You make New Jersey proud. :)




Across the Border by Bruce Springsteen

Tonight my bag is packed

Tomorrow I’ll walk these tracks

That will lead me across the border

Tomorrow my love and I

Will sleep ‘neath auburn skies

Somewhere across the border

We’ll leave behind my dear

The pain and sadness we found here

And we’ll drink from the Bravo’s muddy waters

Where the sky grows grey and white

We’ll meet on the other side

There across the border

For you I’ll build a house

High up on a grassy hill

Somewhere across the border

Where pain and memory

Pain and memory have been stilled

There across the border

And sweet blossoms fills the air

Pastures of gold and green

Roll down into cool clear waters

And in your arms ‘neath the open skies

I’ll kiss the sorrow from your eyes

There across the border

Tonight we’ll sing the songs

I’ll dream of you my corazon

And tomorrow my heart will be strong

And may the saints’ blessing and grace

Carry me safely into your arms

There across the border

For what are we

Without hope in our hearts

That someday we’ll drink from God’s blessed waters

And eat the fruit from the vine

I know love and fortune will be mine

Somewhere across the border

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