Rocky Ground is the second single from his album Wrecking Ball and was released exclusively in select stores as a limited-edition 7-inch 45-rpm vinyl single as a part of Record Store Day on 2012.
The song is heavy with a religious theme and features a gospel choir backing Springsteen. Singer Michelle Moore provides backing vocals along with rapping, a first for a Springsteen album. Springsteen has stated he originally attempted to do the rapping himself but was not satisfied with the sound. “Rocky Ground” contains excerpts of “I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord”, a traditional gospel song performed by Congregation of the Church of God in Christ and recorded by Alan Lomax in 1942. Featuring “The Promise” live from the Carousel, Asbury Park.
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- “Rocky Ground: 4:40
- “The Promise (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live from the Carousel, Asbury Park)”: 5:59