“Rocky Ground” is one of my favorite songs on Springsteen’s new album, Wrecking Ball. It is a profoundly Biblical song. Springsteen’s opening line invokes the Christmas spiritual “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow” and the song continues with references to the Great Flood of Genesis 6-9, the Book of Revelation (“glory hallelujah” and “judgment day”), Jesus cleansing the temple of the money-changers, and the crossing of the Jordan River. After a deeply spiritual rap by Michelle Moore, the song ends in hope: “A new day is coming.”
Listen for yourself. The video for the song as just been released.