Springsteen Sunday (Vol. 5, No Surrender)

Welcome to our Easter edition of Springsteen Sunday.

Song: No Surrender
Album: Born In The USA

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I was going to skip today’s post on Springsteen because it’s Easter Sunday but the more I thought about this song, the more I thought it could tie into today’s holiday. It’s a song about many things, but mostly about faith in the people you care about; those who you promised to defend and stand with, regardless of what was said or what other people believe.
This song almost didn’t make it onto the album. Even though Steve Van Zandt left the band just before Born In The USA was released, he convinced Bruce to include this cut. His fans are glad he listened.

The second line of the first verse is probably more accurate than some people are willing to admit; because truth, healing or understanding can usually be found in a simple song.

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We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you’re tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
I’m ready to grow young again
And hear your sister’s voice calling us home across the open yards
Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars

 

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There’s a war outside still raging
you say it ain’t ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover’s bed
with a wide open country in my eyes
and these romantic dreams in my head

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I chose the following clip because it’s shot live from the pit in LA and many of us have never had that perspective. It also gives you a feel of being there….the crowd singing and standing, which is pretty common throughout his 3 1/2-4 hour concerts. The guy, even at 65, has an amazing amount of energy.
He also does an acoustic version of this song in concert but I prefer the upbeat. As soon as Max kicks the drums, the crowd is ready.

See you next week at the pulpit of Springsteen.

Happy Easter

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