Bruce Springsteen ‘Thunder Road’ lyrics finally addressed: Is it waves or sways?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 7th annual "Stand Up For Heroes" event at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

For a long time, Bruce Springsteen fans have been arguing about what one of his lyrics actually means.

Some thought it sounded different than the official one on the internet.

Bruce Springsteen appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to finally settle the age-old question of the “Thunder Road” lyrics debacle.

Springsteen, who is 73 years old, is confident about his upcoming 2023 tour with his band, which will fill multiple arenas across the United States with a career-spanning medley of his classic and hit songs.

When Fallon asked about the “Thunder Road” lyrics debate, Springsteen finally clarified whether Mary’s dress “sways” or “waves,” sounding so assured.

“This record is almost 50 years old. Now, 50 years ago, I was a sociopath. So, I was insane about every single detail that had anything to do with music – my album, my album cover, my lyrics. I went over everything with a fine-toothed comb, so everything would be perfect and completely accurate. The lyrics to ‘Thunder Road’ are in this album. The correct lyrics.”

Springsteen slowly and teasingly revealed the correct “Thunder Road” lyrics after reading it. He claimed:

“I’ve been singing ‘sways’ for 50 years.”

The correct “Thunder Road” lyrics, however, are:

“The screen door slams, Mary’s dress… waves.”

Fallon was visibly taken aback by the revelation, as was Springsteen, who stated that his record, which he is so proud of, was “wrong.”

Fallon confessed jokingly:

“I am more confused now than when I asked.”

During the interview, Springsteen also addressed one of the most popular social media rumors: Bruce Springsteen Is Going On Tour With Taylor Swift.

Springsteen would appear on Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated “The Eras” Tour, but not as a guest performer. The “Streets of Philadelphia” hitmaker will be touring with his daughter, whom he describes as a “Swiftie,” on a 52-date arena tour in the United States.

Meanwhile, the manager extended an open invitation to the singer, saying she is welcome to join the E Street Band at any time.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will embark on their 2023 Tour in February of next year, lasting until April of the following year.