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Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 01:45 PM
That might be my favorite opening lyric ever.

I was in a discussion today with a kid who for some reason thought Springsteen had weak lyrics. And two of other kids in the office actually felt the same! So I felt compelled to enlighten him and googled up some songs.

I guess it's the anthum-like nature of his songs, how they get turned into fast food jingles or whatever that makes people think his songs are simple. It's a real shame, because even his weakest work is better than almost anyone else and he's being robbed of the recognition.

The Roman Candle
02-21-2006, 01:47 PM
Springsteen is my homie.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 01:48 PM
Well, everything dies, baby that's a fact
Maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on and fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in atlantic city.

Great song

RebootedCorpse
02-21-2006, 01:49 PM
"Nothing is forgotten or forgiven when it's your last time around."

Doc Randy
02-21-2006, 01:49 PM
NEBRASKA is not only one of the greatest albums of all time, but is one of the best examples of economical and effective storytelling ever.

Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 01:51 PM
My favorite song of his is The River, such a beautiful song:

I come from down in the valley
where mister when you're young
They bring you up to do like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school
when she was just seventeen
We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

We'd go down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride

Then I got Mary pregnant
and man that was all she wrote
And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
We went down to the courthouse
and the judge put it all to rest
No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
No flowers no wedding dress

That night we went down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we did ride

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don't remember
Mary acts like she don't care

But I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
Or is it something worse
that sends me down to the river
though I know the river is dry
That sends me down to the river tonight
Down to the river
my baby and I
Oh down to the river we ride

RebootedCorpse
02-21-2006, 01:51 PM
NEBRASKA is not only one of the greatest albums of all time, but is one of the best examples of economical and effective storytelling ever.
WORD!
I gotta say though, that Devils and Dust is a close second.

Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 01:53 PM
NEBRASKA is not only one of the greatest albums of all time, but is one of the best examples of economical and effective storytelling ever.

Very true. I'm putting on my vinyl copy when I get home from work tonight :D

Doc Randy
02-21-2006, 01:53 PM
The first line, "They blew up the Chicken Man in Philly last night," was taken from a newspaper article about a mob hit in Atlantic City. The "Chicken Man" was Phil Testa, number two man in the Philadelphia Mob under Angelo Bruno. After Bruno was murdered in his car, Testa was blown up by a bomb placed under his front porch. These hits were orchestrated by Nicky Scarfo, who took over the Philly boys so he could control the new Atlantic City gambling rackets. He made such a mess of things that he and most of his crew were either murdered or incarcerated within a few years.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 01:55 PM
My favorite song of his is The River, such a beautiful song:

I come from down in the valley
where mister when you're young
They bring you up to do like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school
when she was just seventeen
We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

We'd go down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride

Then I got Mary pregnant
and man that was all she wrote
And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
We went down to the courthouse
and the judge put it all to rest
No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
No flowers no wedding dress

That night we went down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we did ride

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don't remember
Mary acts like she don't care

But I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
Or is it something worse
that sends me down to the river
though I know the river is dry
That sends me down to the river tonight
Down to the river
my baby and I
Oh down to the river we ride

I just went and started downloading The Boss music because of your silly thread.

RebootedCorpse
02-21-2006, 01:55 PM
My favorite song of his is The River, such a beautiful song:
He did an accustic version of this when he was here this summer, damn near had me in tears.

Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 01:56 PM
The first line, "They blew up the Chicken Man in Philly last night," was taken from a newspaper article about a mob hit in Atlantic City. The "Chicken Man" was Phil Testa, number two man in the Philadelphia Mob under Angelo Bruno. After Bruno was murdered in his car, Testa was blown up by a bomb placed under his front porch. These hits were orchestrated by Nicky Scarfo, who took over the Philly boys so he could control the new Atlantic City gambling rackets. He made such a mess of things that he and most of his crew were either murdered or incarcerated within a few years.

Oh wow, I didn't know the background on that. Very cool, thanks!

Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 01:57 PM
He did an accustic version of this when he was here this summer, damn near had me in tears.

Still never seen him live, he's one of the only people left that I really hope to see someday.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 01:58 PM
I wanted to add, "My Hometown" still gets to me.

Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 02:02 PM
I wanted to add, "My Hometown" still gets to me.

Excellent song.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 02:04 PM
Excellent song.

I just DLed it along with Atlantic City, Hungry Heart, Streets of Philadelphia, Secret Garden, Born to Run, Thunder Road, Glory Days, Born in the U.S.A, The River and Badlands.:D

RebootedCorpse
02-21-2006, 02:05 PM
Still never seen him live, he's one of the only people left that I really hope to see someday.
I've seen him four times. Great experience. I believe he's going out with the E Street Band this summer or fall. You owe it to yourself to catch him if you can.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 02:06 PM
I've seen him four times. Great experience. I believe he's going out with the E Street Band this summer or fall. You owe it to yourself to catch him if you can.

That would be awesome to see. The older I get the more I appreciate his kind of music. Like a lost memory drifting with the ice on a thawing river.

Thudpucker
02-21-2006, 02:08 PM
I've seen him four times. Great experience. I believe he's going out with the E Street Band this summer or fall. You owe it to yourself to catch him if you can.

If he hits Texas I'm going. Too much to hope he'll do Austin I think, but with any luck he'll hit San Antonio and not Dallas. But for him I'll make the trip up even if it is Dallas.

Christian Beranek
02-21-2006, 02:09 PM
I'm gonna cover this song at the NYCC Indie After Party. One of my favorite tracks of all time.

Brian Reed
02-21-2006, 02:17 PM
Sirius had an all Spingsteen channel for a month or two and I loved it to death. I knew his work, but mostly from the Born in the USA-era when I was a teenager. Getting exposed to his earlier stuff was a GREAT experience. Now that the channel is gone from Sirius, I might have to invest in some Springsteen CDs.

Smokinblues
02-21-2006, 03:05 PM
Well, everything dies, baby that's a fact
Maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on and fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in atlantic city.

Great song

I prefer The Band's version.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 03:08 PM
I prefer The Band's version.

I am unfamiliar with this, but I'll probably pull a "D'oh!" when you tell me what it is.

Smokinblues
02-21-2006, 03:09 PM
I am unfamiliar with this, but I'll probably pull a "D'oh!" when you tell me what it is.

You don't know the Band? or don't know their cover of Atlantic City

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 03:12 PM
You don't know the Band? or don't know their cover of Atlantic City

Don't know The Band.

Smokinblues
02-21-2006, 03:14 PM
Don't know The Band.

skip a few meals and go buy the Last Waltz on dvd. You will thank me.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 03:17 PM
skip a few meals and go buy the Last Waltz on dvd. You will thank me.

This sounds like a job for the public library.

Smokinblues
02-21-2006, 03:18 PM
This sounds like a job for the public library.

you want to own this.

clapton and robbie robertson playing off each other is worth the price of the DVD alone.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 03:22 PM
you want to own this.

clapton and robbie robertson playing off each other is worth the price of the DVD alone.

I'm sure I will, it sounds cool. But I'm so poor that if I can view it for free first, I will. I'm wanting to go to some writing and comic cons this year and I'm having to take no chances.

Gunter
02-21-2006, 03:52 PM
Got a wife and kid in Baltimore Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Just like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and I just kept goin'


Great stuff.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 03:54 PM
Got a wife and kid in Baltimore Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Just like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and I just kept goin'


Great stuff.

Now I have to run that one.

joespam
02-21-2006, 04:05 PM
Got a wife and kid in Baltimore Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Just like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and I just kept goin'


Great stuff.
Swear to god I was going to post those four lines exactly like that. That song's wistful tone has always appealed to me. But when I wrote it down to post, without the music it seemed like an Anthem Justifying Deadbeat Dad, rather than what the song evokes for me.

HCMarvel
02-21-2006, 04:17 PM
he stinks

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 04:47 PM
he stinks

Someone needs to photoshop us up a sign for things like this, reading "Don't feed the trolls".

Mr. E!
02-21-2006, 04:50 PM
My favorite song of his is The River, such a beautiful song:

I come from down in the valley
where mister when you're young
They bring you up to do like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school
when she was just seventeen
We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

We'd go down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride

Then I got Mary pregnant
and man that was all she wrote
And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
We went down to the courthouse
and the judge put it all to rest
No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
No flowers no wedding dress

That night we went down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we did ride

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don't remember
Mary acts like she don't care

But I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
Or is it something worse
that sends me down to the river
though I know the river is dry
That sends me down to the river tonight
Down to the river
my baby and I
Oh down to the river we ride

I saw him do this live last year on his one-man acoustic tour. I've got chills just thinking about it. Absolutely amazing.
The one thing that I was bummed about is that he didn't do Atlantic City. But the Rising and Reno almost made up for it.

Mr. E!
02-21-2006, 04:55 PM
I just DLed it along with Atlantic City, Hungry Heart, Streets of Philadelphia, Secret Garden, Born to Run, Thunder Road, Glory Days, Born in the U.S.A, The River and Badlands.:D

While you are in a DLing frenzy, may I suggest the live versions of Candy's Room and Rosalita from the Live 75-85 album, Tunnel of Love, and Reno.

Angel of Distraction
02-21-2006, 05:13 PM
While you are in a DLing frenzy, may I suggest the live versions of Candy's Room and Rosalita from the Live 75-85 album, Tunnel of Love, and Reno.

Those aren't CD's I have, unfortunately.

Amos Moses
02-21-2006, 05:23 PM
Great to see The Boss get some love. Anyone have his newest album, Devils and Dust? Thoughts?