I saw her standin' on her front lawn just twirlin' her baton
Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died

From the town of Lincoln Nebraska with a sawed-off .410 on my lap
Through to the badlands of Wyoming I killed everything in my path

I can't say that I'm sorry for the things that we done
At least for a little while sir me and her we had us some fun

The jury brought in a guilty verdict and the judge he sentenced me to death
Midnight in a prison storeroom with leather straps across my chest

Sheriff when the man pulls that switch sir and snaps my poor neck back
You make sure my pretty baby is sittin' right there on my lap

They declared me unfit to live said into that great void my soul'd be hurled
They wanted to know why I did what I did
Well sir I guess there's just a meanness in this world


A song based on the true story of Charles Starkwether who went on a killing spree in the Fifties in the American badlands. Bruce used extensive research in the writing process.


Live history

"Nebraska" has been performed live a total of 111 times.
First known performance:
1984-07-01, St. Paul, MN
Born in the USA Tour
Last known performance:
2016-07-11, Paris, France
The River Tour 2016

Release history

Total releases: 4
Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska, album, 1982-10-04
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live 1975-85, live, 1986-11-04
Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, compilation, 2003-11-04
Bruce Springsteen, Storytellers, movie, 2005-09-06