Devils & Dust, 2005
Much of Devils & Dust was written during the Tom Joad tour, but the title track was inspired by the Iraq War. "It is basically a song about a soldier's point of view," Springsteen said. "But it kind of opens up to a lot of other interpretations." It was attempted as an angry rocker and a ballad, before Brendan O'Brien found a middle ground. Said Springsteen, "It picks up a little instrumental beef as it goes."