Songs that will always make one feel better: “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen
ohhh come take my hand, we’re riding out tonight to case the promised land
So, when I went to see The Promise last week, one of the things I really loved was hearing Bruce talking about the difference between Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. He described Born to Run as an album about wanting to escape where you’re from, wanting to get away from the places and people who have defined your life up to that point & build a new life for yourself on your own terms, whereas Darkness on the Edge of Town was an album about honoring where you’re from, about acknowledging how the people you grew up with and the place you grow up in leave a powerful mark on you, help you develop your sense of self, your moral code…
& I guess I feel all of that really, really deeply. I know that home is railroad bridges and train tracks and the rush of the Cuyahoga and Chagrin rivers and packing boxes to make a living and bars that open at 4am and abandoned buildings for the Slovenian Daily News and I feel like such a sap for even saying any of this, but sometimes all I can think about is how hard everyone I know has to work just to get by and how when I went away to school I felt like my socioeconomic status was visibly inscribed by me, especially on the first day of class when professors would make you say your name and where you’re from.
[Black and white photo of Bruce Springsteen seated on a bench outside of a service station. The photo was taken at night & the service station appears to glow bright white against the dark nothingness of the photo’s background. Text appears in the upper left hand corner of the image reading, “Bruce Springsteen The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.”]
I’m so stoked to see this at the Cedar Lee tonight!
Well everything dies, baby, that’s a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back. Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.
Auto-reblog this song.
When I first met Lucas, he thought Nebraska was Bruce’s best album and of course I was sure that Born to Run was his best album but I think we’ve both grown together and decided that Darkness is, obviously, Bruce Springsteen’s best album.
“Atlantic City” is totally an auto-reblog and Nebraska is great, but Darkness is a straight up amazing album. “Promised Land” is maybe the best start to a flip side ever. It punches me hard every time I hear it.
other than the score (c’mon, now. we all know craig nettles got him bottom of the ninth), this still amuses me to no end. detailed box score is at the source. danny kicks ass. bruce’s ERA sucks—gotta be that damn speedball.
A map of New Jersey based soley on Bruce Springsteen lyrics. 200+ references on a 23x32 newsprint poster.
I’m not a Springsteen fan, but seriously, what’s not to love about this?
Gentle reminder to those who read this that I am a huge Springsteen fan and that my birthday is just over two months away.
Can I just take a moment to say two things?
1. I love that “the swamps of jersey” from “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” is plotted on this map.
2. I may or may not have just bought two of these. One to HANG THE HELL OUT OF in my new house and one to give to my Aunt, who has seen every show Bruce Springsteen has played in Cleveland since he played at my current place of employment in 1975.
Edit: The more I look at this, the more it just kills me! The darkness on the edge of town, the “long walk” from Mary’s front porch to Bruce’s front seat (actually plotted as physical distance from a house to a car!), the burned out Chevrolets, the “chicken man residence,” PERF.