Song Lyric Sunday: The Boss

I feel a bit of a fraud. Somehow, as you can see from his post, Name That Tune, Jim is giving me the credit for today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. But I think he should share in that: all I did was comment when he posted Layla some weeks ago that it had a recognisable intro, and he leapt on that as a theme for future use. So here we are. For me, apart from that one – which I played in the most recent Tuesday Tunes anyway – there can only be one song for this. It isn’t the longest intro, coming in at around 15 seconds, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else chooses it too, but when those chords crank up I know instantly what is coming. See what I mean:

And here are the lyrics:

In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages on Highway 9
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin’ out over the line
Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
‘Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run
Yes, girl, we were

Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend
I wanna guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims
And strap your hands ‘cross my engines
Together we could break this trap
We’ll run ’til we drop, baby, we’ll never go back
Oh, will you walk with me out on the wire?
‘Cause, baby, I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta know how it feels
I want to know if love is wild
Babe, I want to know if love is real
Oh, can you show me

Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones
Scream down the boulevard
Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in the mist
I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the street tonight
In an everlasting kiss

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
Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
Oh, someday, girl, I don’t know when
We’re gonna get to that place
Where we really wanna go and we’ll walk in the sun
But ’til then, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run

Oh honey, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run
Come on with me, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bruce Springsteen

Born To Run lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Five minutes of the most incredible, high octane rock music that have ever been created. That song and its album came out forty seven years ago and I never tire of hearing it, and I never will. The basic facts are that the Born To Run album and single were both released on 25 August 1975. The album was Bruce’s third, and was packed full of great tracks, so much so that this wasn’t even the opener, as you might have expected: it started up side two, back in those days when we all bought our music on vinyl. It was very much Bruce’s breakthrough album in the US, where it got to #3 and has gone on to sell more than 7m copies. It fared less well here in the UK, reaching only #36 on its original release, though it has since peaked at #17 on a re-release. To my mind, that is still criminally low for such an iconic record. Cumulative sales over the years have qualified it for a Platinum Disc, though, so at least we haven’t failed him completely. By comparison it has achieved 7xPlatinum status in the US! The single got to #23 in the US and #56 in the UK, though a live version did better here, making #16 in 1987.

I was already a fan of The Boss after his first two albums, and couldn’t wait for his next one. But wait I did, as this record came out the week I got married, so my purchase had to follow our return from honeymoon. But I had my priorities right: even though cash was tight as newlyweds and we had a flat to furnish, a stand for the stereo system and a new album to play on it were high on the list! It is an incredibly good album, and as I said it is one that I still play to this day. Sadly, I’ve never been to one of his epic live shows: the closest I got was around ten years later when our ad agency had a spare ticket for a client for his gig at Wembley Stadium. Despite knowing that I was a huge fan they took a colleague instead: well, she was much prettier than me so I didn’t stand a chance, did I? But at least it created a new fan for him. I looked it up out of curiosity: they played two nights, with twenty three songs across two sets, plus a seven song encore. They saved Born To Run until the second song of their encore: that’s what I call confidence!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my choice for ‘my’ theme – see you again soon 🤘

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51 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: The Boss

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  2. First, my apologies for being away. I thought the first thing to do when I went back to read your blog was to search to see if you had written anything about Springsteen in my absence. And this is the first one I came across (I’ll be checking for others after this comment!) The song and the album are iconic – among the best ever. I remember watching the documentary about this album, and it was amazing to watch the care that Bruce put into every element of this song. As you may recall, my all-time favorite Bruce song, Thunder Road, is on this album. An amazing collection of musical genius…

    By the way, what a game between England and the US! I’ll be watching the Iran match later today, with fingers crossed.

    I hope you have been well…

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    • I hope you’ve been well too, and maybe we’ll see you posting again?

      This was always a good way to start catching up. I think I’ve played him a couple of times recently – depending on how long you’ve been away! It is a great album, isn’t it, and great to see him still going strong now.

      Depends how you look at that game. Viewed from here it was a dismal, disappointing performance after we massacred Iran. Your guys did you proud.

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      • posting might be a couple of weeks away. it just seemed like a businer semester than usual…

        I did catch your other Bruce song – great choice. I also saw that you had a post about ten. I didn’t see Tenth Avenue Freeeze-Out…

        I think we were lucky to tie England. and we didn’t look so good in the second half of today’s game…

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      • When you’re ready, no rush!

        I managed not to include Bruce in that one – it had some of my other favourites instead!

        Funny how we view the same game differently. I thought we were the ones who were lucky to get a draw, and your side did all they needed tonight. Thankfully we played much better this time!

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      • Oh ye of little faith! The US did well to get to the knockout stage and thoroughly deserved their win last night. The Netherlands for you next, may be time to book the flights home…

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      • Current FIFA rankings list has Netherlands at #8 playing US who are #16, and England at #5 playing Senegal who are #18. I think both will be close games.

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  4. One of my favorite Springsteen songs of all time. I’ve never seen him perform live, but he always strikes me as someone who still loves to be in front of an audience.

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  5. Born to Run is my favourite song of all time, from my favourite album of all time.
    I played the grooves off it when it came out. I have bought it on vinyl again and then in a celebration version. I have it as a cd and then in a celebration cd pack and of course on Spotify.
    It’s opening is unmistakable and extraordinary.
    Yep I love it!

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  6. This song to me feels so much like being young and reckless, both in the words and the music. We’re so invincible that it doesn’t matter if we die, we’re still invincible. The music has that same intense quality.

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    • Springsteen was 25 when he wrote this, and it conveys exactly the feeling you describe. The music is a real rollercoaster, in perfect sync with the lyrics. Would that we could all be that age for ever!

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  7. With a title of The Boss you were always going to draw me in, I can’t argue with any of your analysis, and I got to learn a few facts too.

    Your story of missing out on that ticket is borderline tragic, you would never have forgotten it. Hopefully the lady who got the ticket was converted to fandom.

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    • It seemed the best title! Glad you enjoyed the words too.

      Yes, she was a good friend as well as colleague. We worked closely together on loads of ad campaigns and promotions, and she was absolutely buzzing in the office the day after the gig. I got an apology from our account director, and they ensured we got a dance together to a Springsteen track at that year’s agency Christmas party 😊

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      • Don’t tell me – was it Dancing In The Dark by any chance?

        Well I’m glad she loved the gig, and it’s testament to you that you took it so well.

        By the way, just as a footnote to your blog earlier this week about being scammed, someone tried to take nearly £550 out of my Paypal account today, but luckily Paypal emailed me to check first and I was able to cancel the payment. Another story of a scam that ended well.

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      • Right album. The fact that I remember it after all this time probably says something: it was Cover Me. I think they were trying to give us a message 🤣

        You don’t lose friends over something like that, and it would have been childish and churlish of me not to be pleased that she enjoyed it and started buying his records.

        Wow! Good that PayPal were on the ball and you were spared what I went through. I only had myself to blame!

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  8. I do remember our conversation Clive and I may have taken it the wrong way thing that you wanted to use this as a future theme, but I knew it would be a good one and the idea did originate with you. Great choice and I have never seen Bruce in concert either and it would have been very easy for me to do that because I lived in New Jersey.

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    • No worries, Jim, I just thought you deserved some of the credit too! It is a good theme, though, as there are so many possibilities for it. I think we may both have missed out by not seeing him play live – they are epic events, from what I’ve been told by those who have.

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  9. A perfect choice. When I hear this song I feel like cleaning the entire house, writing a book and making the best meal ever, in the morning!! So much energy. The other intro I love is Hotel California by the Eagles.

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    • It has such energy, doesn’t it, though I have to say I’ve never felt like cleaning after hearing it! And writing a book is way beyond my capabilities. That is another great intro – there are so many, aren’t there. Sweet Child Of Mine is another of my favourites 😊

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