"The Promised Land" is a song by Bruce Springsteen from his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town. It was released as a single in Europe, backed by another song from Darkness on the Edge of Town, "Streets of Fire", the third single from the album after "Badlands" and "Prove It All Night". "The Promised Land" was also included on the compilation album The Essential Bruce Springsteen.
A June 28, 2009 live performance in London from the Working on a Dream Tour was included on the London Calling: Live in Hyde Park DVD.
The event that sparked "The Promised Land" into existence was a trip to Utah and Nevada on August 16–20, 1977, with photographer Eric Meola (Born To Run cover) and guitarist Steven Van Zandt. After flying to Salt Lake City and renting an old red 1965 Ford Galaxy, the group set out towards Reno, Nevada, Meola looking for photo ops, Bruce to see some of the places he envisioned in his dreams. He was also upset, because one of his heroes, Elvis Presley, had just died. Springsteen “wanted to take every single side road that we could in Nevada,” according to Meola. On the trip, they slept in the Galaxy, saw the wilderness and got caught in a thunder storm. Eric came back with the photographs that were used in 2010 for The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story. Thirty days later, Bruce came to the Record Plant with the words and music he had been working on since he left Nevada, for a song called "The Promised Land". The band did 3 takes on September 30, then came back on October 27, 1977 with a bunch of new lyrics, worked on it all day (20 takes), and finished the song. After mixing, Bruce would change his mind at the last minute, ordering that Steve Van Zandt's guitar solo (comes right before the sax solo), which had been removed from the final mix, be put back in, after the record has already been sent to be mastered. As a result, side 2 had to be remastered. but the record was still released on June 2, 1978.