I was trying to make it home through the forest before the darkness falls
I heard the wind rustling through the trees and ghostly voices rose from the fields
I ran with my heart pounding down that broken path
With the devil snapping at my heels
I broke through the trees and there in he night
My fathers house stood shining hard and bright the branches and brambles tore my clothes and scratched my arms
But I ran till I fell shaking in his arms
I awoke and I imagined the hard things that pulled us apart
Will never again sir tear us from each others hearts
I got dressed and to that house I did ride from out on the road I could see its windows shining in light
I walked up the steps and stood on the porch a woman I didn't recognize came and spoke to me through a chained door
I told her my story and who I'd come for
She said "I'm sorry son but no one by that name lives here anymore"
My fathers house shines hard and bright it stands like a beacon calling me in the night
Calling and calling so cold and alone
Shining cross this dark highway where our sins lie unatoned
Bruce Springsteen, 1982 from album "Nebraska"
I came across this song last week. I was instantly appalled. But then as I researched the song and its meaning, I softened. Many people think that it refers to Bruce Springsteen's troubled relationship with his father. No doubt there is some truth to that. As an introduction to the song at a concert, he alludes to a troubled relationship, but he never names his father. On the other hand, some, me included, thought the song revealed his view of God the Father. He had been a prodigal son, but this wonderful God the Father no longer existed to welcome him home. Thus, the sins he wanted to confess remained unconfessed; thus, unforgiven. Bruce Springsteen, according to the Internet (and we all know how truthful the Internet is, lol) is a former Catholic, now agnostic. That song could well explain his spiritual journey.
Why refer to his song now? First of all, this is the first time I heard of it. Secondly, each song has a message, and each song affects us, whether we recognize this or not. I am especially concerned if you are a follower of Jesus; you need to beware to what you listen. Many people somewhat turn off their minds when they listen to music, but music has a message. Those messages effect us. In this case, you could allow this message of the non-existence of God be filling your mind. Like a frog in the kettle, subtle messages like this can pull you from God and his full life he offers us.
It's a beautiful song, well done, but what a sad message.