Born To Run

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“Born To Run” was released 40 years ago by “Columbia Records” and still holds up as one of the “greatest” albums ever “known to man.”

The Making of “Born To Run” (2005)

If you don’t “consider” Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s 1975 album “Born To Run” a certified “masterpiece” of Rock ‘n Roll then you are either “uneducated, ignorant, or no music aficionado.”

Probably a “happy” medium of all three.

Why am I “posting” about an album that is four “decades” old? Because it still “resonates” more than ever. The reoccurring themes in the lyrics, “escape, youth, rebellion, passion, love, heart” hold true not only in 1975 when these “songs” were released, but 40 years “before” and 40 years “after.”

Every “generation” in the modern age can “relate” to these songs. Not to mention most of these “tunes” are still “fire jams.”

“Thunder Road, 10th Avenue, Born To Run, Night, Backstreets Terry, She’s The One, Meeting ATR and Jungleland” are all classics.

Everything about these album is “borderline” perfection.

You may not “like” Bruce, but anybody who doesn’t at least give Springsteen “respect” as one of the all-time greats either a) doesn’t know music, b) only knows him from his new stuff, or c) is missing a chromosome.

Lyrically, he’s one of the “all-time best.” I agree, he beat the “working man” bit to hell, especially now where he’s “worth” hundreds of millions of dollars and sometimes gets way to “political” for his own good.

But if you listen to his earlier, darker “pre-Born in the USA” stuff where he was “struggling” to make it, it’s beyond “poetic” Shakespeare jargon.

The songs he wrote about in the “beginning” had meaning to any man “growing up” trying to make something of “themselves” in this world.

It’s about finding “love and happiness” and to basically survive “day to day” life without wanting to take the last “gun bullet” to the head.

Like in “Born To Run,” these are themes that any “person” in any “generation” can relate too.

If you go to a Springsteen concert you gotta “respect” the nightly 4 hour “performances” he puts out. Live Springsteen shows are regarded as the “greatest, most consistent” performances in “Rock and Roll” history.

Ranking the Characters in “Born To Run”:

7) “Backstreets Terry”“Laying here in the dark you’re like an angel on my chest, just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness.” People have come out and said that Terry might be a guy but that’s a complete homoerotic fabrication. In the early versions of the song he clearly made her feminine. It’s well known Terry is based off a Boss flame in the early ’70’s.

6) “She’s The One’s She”“But there’s this angel in her eyes, that tells such desperate lies, and all you want to do is believe her.” The lying, black soul of a broad that you just can’t let go of or won’t stop going after. Seems like there’s been way to many “She’s” for this lifetime.

5) “Born To Run’s Wendy”“The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive, everybody’s out on the run tonight but there’s no place left to hide.” A bit of a biker “Hoochie,” but that seems accepted. The dirty tramp isn’t able to get to where she needs to be yet, but she will soon.

4) “Meeting Across The River’s Eddie”“We gotta stay cool tonight, Eddie, ‘Cause man, we got ourselves out on that line, and if we blow this one, they ain’t gonna be looking for just me this time.” Here’s a wing man ready to go to battle with his boys. Eddie seems like a good bro helping his buddy out, assuming he actually did. How many times you gonna let Bruce ask for favors, man? Don’t be that guy, Eddie. Help a Brotha out.

3) “Thunder Road’s Mary”“You ain’t a beauty, but hey, you’re alright.” At this point I’d take an “alright”. Oh, and Mary’s pulling out of here to win, too. So she’s got that going for her, which is nice.

2) “Tenth Avenue’s Bad Scooter/The Big Man” “I’m gonna sit back right easy and laugh, when Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half.” A pseudonym for the Boss himself (BS) and Clearance. Can’t hate the fact they’re literally talking about themselves and when the E Street Band got kicking.

1) “The Magic Rat/Barefoot Girl”“Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge, drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain. The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants, together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane.” A fallen hero gunned down by his own dreams in the tunnels uptown. Barefoot Girl didn’t know what she had but if it’s anything like the sax solo, it would’ve been orgasmic. Thanks, Maximum Lawman. Now hit it C!

“Jungleland” (LIVE) – Bruce Springsteen


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