Dead Man Walkin'

There s a pale horse coming
And I m gonna ride it
I'll rise in the morning
With my fate beside it

I m a dead man walkin'
I m a dead man walkin'

In Saint James Parish
I was born and Christened
Now, I got my story
Mister there ain't no need for you to listen

It's just a dead man talkin'

I had a job, I had a girl
But between our dreams and actions lie this world

In the deep forest
Their blood and tears rushed over me
All I could feel was the drugs and shotgun
And my fear up inside me

Like a dead man talkin'

'Neath the summer sky my eyes went black
Sister I won t ask for forgiveness,
My sins are all I have

Now the clouds above my prison
Move slowly cross the sky
There s a new day comin
And my dreams are full tonight


Written for and included on the soundtrack to the Tim Robbins movie of the same name from 1995. The song landed Bruce an Oscar nomination, and he performed the song at the Oscar ceremony in 1996.

Live history

"Dead Man Walkin'" has been performed live a total of 22 times.
First known performance:
1995-11-21, New Brunswick, NJ
The Ghost of Tom Joad Tour
Last known performance:
2000-06-23, New York, NY
Reunion Tour

Release history

Total releases: 4
Bruce Springsteen, Dead Man Walking, various artists, 1995
Bruce Springsteen, Dead Man Walkin', maxisingle, 1996
Bruce Springsteen, Video Anthology 1978-2000, movie, 2001
Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, compilation, 2003-11-04