Tuesday, 15 May 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

As far as I can remember 'Born To Run' was the first album by The Boss that I have ever owned, although years and years ago during the early 90's I seem to remember my parents owning a CD copy of 'Human Touch'. Here is that magnificent title track... "Written at 7½ West End Court in Long Branch, New Jersey in early 1974, the song was Bruce Springsteen's last-ditch effort to make it big. The prior year, Springsteen had released two albums to critical acclaim but with little commercial success. The lyrics to the song are appropriately epic for his last-ditch, all-or-nothing shot at the stars, yet they remain rooted in the universal desperation of adolescence: "Will you walk with me out on the wire, cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider...We gotta get out while we're young, 'cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run." Upon release in August 1975, the song and the album became unparalleled successes for Springsteen, springing him into stardom, and resulting in simultaneous cover stories in Time and Newsweek magazines..."

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