Springsteen Sunday (Vol.12, Glory Days)

Welcome back to the pulpit of Springsteen.

Song: Glory Days
Album: Born In The USA

So this is a fun, nostalgic one, even in concert. Originally, Bruce had included a serious verse about his father never having any Glory Days but he removed it and decided to make it a more upbeat song.



I had a friend was a big baseball player
back in high school
He could throw that speedball by you
Make you look like a fool boy
Saw him the other night at this roadside bar
I was walking in, he was walking out
We went back inside sat down had a few drinks
but all he kept talking about was

Glory days well they’ll pass you by
Glory days in the wink of a young girl’s eye
Glory days, glory days

Well there’s a girl that lives up the block
back in school she could turn all the boy’s heads
Sometimes on a Friday I’ll stop by
and have a few drinks after she put her kids to bed
Her and her husband Bobby well they split up
I guess it’s two years gone by now
We just sit around talking about the old times,
she says when she feels like crying
she starts laughing thinking about


My old man worked 20 years on the line
and they let him go
Now everywhere he goes out looking for work
they just tell him that he’s too old
I was 9 nine years old and he was working at the
Metuchen Ford plant assembly line
Now he just sits on a stool down at the Legion hall
but I can tell what’s on his mind

Glory days yeah goin back
Glory days aw he ain’t never had
Glory days, glory days

Now I think I’m going down to the well tonight
and I’m going to drink till I get my fill
And I hope when I get old I don’t sit around thinking about it
but I probably will
Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
a little of the glory of, well time slips away
and leaves you with nothing mister but
boring stories of glory days


As you can see from the clip, he liked to play with the crowd in this song and of course, they always responded. Enjoy and remember your own, Glory Days.

See you down the road.

4 thoughts on “Springsteen Sunday (Vol.12, Glory Days)

  1. DailyMusings

    great song- seeing it live was always an amazing energy filled moment. makes me wonder though if we see the past with rose colored glasses-turning them into glory days- maybe the glory days are really right now, everday


    1. George Post author

      I know a lot of die hard fans who were upset with the Born in the USA album because of the very reason you mention. They think he sold out, married a movie star, and left his roots. The ironic thing about that is this was the album that gave him widespread popularity. He was always popular in pockets geographically but this album was a breakthrough in terms of appeal to wider audiences. Strange, isn’t it? But even beyond his talents as a showman and song writer, he has always seemed to know what to put out when, from taking a break from the band, to Tom Joad to folk music, he’s always loved experimenting. Maybe that kept him fresh ? I don’t know, but there are many people who feel as you do. Thanks for your honesty and comments.



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