Adam Raised a Cain
|"Adam Raised a Cain"|
|Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Darkness on the Edge of Town|
|Released||June 2, 1978 |
|Recorded||October 12, 1977 – March 19, 1978
Record Plant Studios
(New York, New York)
|Genre||Heartland rock, Hard rock|
|Length||4:32 (album version)
5:26 (live version)
|Producer||Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau|
Composition and lyrics
Springsteen calls this song "emotionally autobiographical." The bitter, but loving relationship between the father and son is similar to Springsteen's with his dad. Springsteen once said: "Our actual relationship was probably more complicated than how I presented it. Those songs were ways that I spoke to my father at the time, because he didn't speak and we didn't talk very much." 
In the 2010 documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, sound mixer Chuck Plotkin described Springsteen's instructions for how the jarring assault of this song should sound next to the more melodic tunes on Darkness. Springsteen told Plotkin to think of a movie showing two lovers having a picnic, when the scene suddenly cuts to a dead body. This song, the singer explained, is that body.
Use in the media
The song was used in Season 7 during the opening scene of episode thirteen "Papa's Goods", the series finale of Sons of Anarchy.