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Springsteen Sunday (Vol.15, Out In The Street)

Song: Out In The Street
Album: The River

Welcome back to the pulpit of Springsteen.

This week is purely fun and one of those songs that I look forward to at his concerts, mainly because the entire crowd sings and the party mood kicks into high gear. images-2

The fact that this song is off The River album which has a range of emotions and carries the listener to all sort of places makes it all the more fun.

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The lyrics are simple by Springsteen standards but like other other songs, he seems to celebrate the second half of people’s lives; those hours that happen after work, when we have the freedom to enjoy our lives in different ways.

Put on your best dress baby
And darlin’, fix your hair up right
Cause there’s a party, honey
Way down beneath the neon lights
All day you’ve been working that hard line
Now tonight you’re gonna have a good time

I work five days a week girl
Loading crates down on the dock
I take my hard earned money
And meet my girl down on the block
And Monday when the foreman calls time
I’ve already got Friday on my mind

When that whistle blows
Girl, I’m down the street
I’m home, I’m out of my work clothes
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk
When I’m out in the street
When I’m out in the street

When I’m out in the street, girl
Well, I never feel alone
When I’m out in the street, girl
In the crowd I feel at home
The black and whites they cruise by
And they watch us from the corner of their eye

But there ain’t no doubt, girl, down here
We ain’t gonna take what they’re handing out
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk
Baby, out in the street I don’t feel sad or blue
Baby, out in the street I’ll be waiting for you

When the whistle blows
Girl, I’m down the street
I’m home, I’m out of my work clothes
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk

When I’m out in the street
Pretty girls, they’re all passing by
When I’m out in the street
From the corner, we give them the eye

Baby, out in the street I just feel all right
Meet me out in the street, little girl, tonight
Meet me out in the street
Meet me out in the street

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This clip is from a New York City concert, which is about as close to playing in his home state as you can get and that’s reflected in the enthusiasm of the crowd. So enjoy one of my favorite concert numbers.

See you down the road.

Springsteen Sunday (Vol.14, Girls In Their Summer Clothes)

Welcome back to the pulpit of Springsteen.

Song: Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Album: Magic

I realize most people may not know this song, but it’s become a favorite of ours since it’s release on the Magic Album, receiving two Grammy nominations in 2009 and winning for Best Rock Song.

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Girls is breezy, melancholy tune that unfolds slowly and builds in intensity as it moves on. The video was filmed on the Jersey shore in the winter using women of all ages.

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GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES

Well the streetlights shine down on Blessing Avenue
Lovers they walk by holding hands two by two
A breeze crosses the porch, bicycle spokes spin ’round
Jacket’s on, I’m out the door, tonight I’m gonna burn this town down

And the girls in their summer clothes in the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes pass me by

A kid’s rubber ball smacks off the gutter ‘neath the lamp light
Big bank clock chimes off go the sleepy front porch lights
Downtown the stores alight as the evening’s underway
Things been a little tight but I know they’re gonna turn my way

And the girls in their summer clothes in the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes pass me by

Frankie’s Diner’s an old friend on the edge of town
The neon sign spinning round like a cross over the lost and found
The fluorescent lights flick above Pop’s Grill
Shaniqua brings a coffee and asks, “fill?”
And says, “penny for your thoughts now my boy, Bill”

She went away, she cut me like a knife
Hello beautiful thing, maybe you could save my life
In just a glance down here on Magic Street
Love’s a fool’s dance, I ain’t got much sense but I still got my feet

And the girls in their summer clothes in the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes pass me by
And the girls in their summer clothes in the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes pass me by

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The temperature around here is pushing 100 degrees today so I thought this might be a perfect song for the season. Oh, and I love this video. Enjoy…:)

Thanks for visiting. See you down the road.

Springsteen Sunday (Vol. 13 The Promised Land)

Welcome back to the Pulpit of Springsteen

Song: The Promised Land
Album: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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Well, the opening lines certainly don’t have a Jersey flavor, but the message is purely Springsteen and it’s open to many interpretations. Is it the hope that your dreams may come true if you do the right thing and work hard enough or does life only leave you brokenhearted in spite of the hard work you put in to get ahead.

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On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert
I pick up my money and head back into town
Driving cross the Waynesboro county line
I got the radio on and I’m just killing time
Working all day in my daddy’s garage
Driving all night, chasing some mirage
Pretty soon little girl I’m gonna take charge.

The dogs on main street howl,
’cause they understand,
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain’t a boy, no, I’m a man,
And I believe in a promised land.

I’ve done my best to live the right way
I get up every morning and go to work each day
But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
Explode and tear this town apart
Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
Find somebody itching for something to start

The dogs on main street howl,
’cause they understand,
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain’t a boy, no, I’m a man,
And I believe in a promised land.

There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

The dogs on main street howl,
’cause they understand,
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain’t a boy, no, I’m a man,
And I believe in a promised land
I believe in a promised land…

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The song was actually inspired by a road trip he took as he was putting together Darkness. It has a folk/rock/country vibe to it, which is what he was looking for. I prefer hearing him doing this in its original form since he sometimes does an acoustic version in concert. Terrific music, great lyrics and the big man is there. Enjoy one of my favorites.

See you down the road.

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.

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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

[Chorus:]
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

[Chorus]

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

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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.

Springsteen Sunday ( Vol.11, Jungleland)

Welcome back to Sunday’s Service.

Song: Jungleland
Album: Born To Run

If there was ever any question of Springsteen’s poetic nature or talents, the lyrics of this song should put that to rest. I’ll let his words to this song speak to and end that discussion.

Jungleland is an amazing creation, from Roy Bittan’s opening piano to The Big Man’s ending sax which was pieced together by Bruce and Clarence referred to as a love. But the lyrics….

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The Rangers had a homecoming
In Harlem late last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine
Over the Jersey state line
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

Well the Maximum Lawmen run down Flamingo
Chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids round here look just like shadows
Always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails
Tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand
Down in Jungleland

The midnight gang’s assembled
And picked a rendezvous for the night
They’ll meet ‘neath that giant Exxon sign
That brings this fair city light
Man there’s an opera out on the Turnpike
There’s a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops
Cherry Tops

Rips this holy night
The street’s alive
As secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they vanish unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades
Hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted
Explode into rock’n’roll bands
That face off against each other out in the street
Down in Jungleland

In the parking lot the visionaries
Dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing
To the records that the DJ plays
Lonely-hearted lovers
Struggle in dark corners
Desperate as the night moves on
Just one look
And a whisper, and they’re gone

Beneath the city two hearts beat
Soul engines running through a night so tender
In a bedroom locked
In whispers of soft refusal
And then surrender
In the tunnels uptown
The Rat’s own dream guns him down
As shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light
Outside the street’s on fire
In a real death waltz
Between what’s flesh and what’s fantasy
And the poets down here
Don’t write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night
They reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand
But they wind up wounded
Not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland

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 Jungleland is one of those epic songs, close to ten minutes long. Enjoy one of the Springsteen’s best……

Springsteen Sunday (Vol.10, Dancing In The Dark)

Welcome back to church and the pulpit of Springsteen.

Album: Born In The USA
Song : Dancing In The Dark

This the song and the album that blew up Bruce’s popularity. He had a nice career and much of his work was critically acclaimed but he never had the widespread popularity of other artists. Until this.

Bruce had been working on Born In The USA for two years and he was done trying to complete it. But manager, Jon Landau, refused to let him give up, telling him they needed a hit song of this album. Bruce got angry and wrote Dancing. Not a bad result.

I remember when it was released, many of his hard-core fans thought he sold out by recording this type of music, which was a little less edgy for them.  I guess you can’t please everyone.

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I get up in the evening
and I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain’t nothing but tired
Man I’m just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Message keeps getting clearer
radio’s on and I’m moving ’round the place
I check my look in the mirror
I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man I ain’t getting nowhere
I’m just living in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere
baby I just know that there is

You can’t start a fire
you can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
even if we’re just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older
there’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me
I’ll shake this world off my shoulders
come on baby this laugh’s on me

Stay on the streets of this town
and they’ll be carving you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry
hey baby I’m just about starving tonight
I’m dying for some action
I’m sick of sitting ’round here trying to write this book
I need a love reaction
come on now baby gimme just one look

You can’t start a fire sitting ’round crying over a broken heart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
You can’t start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Hey baby

 

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The interesting thing about this video is that it not only created the first hit single off the album but it jump started the career of a young fresh-faced model by the name of Courteney Cox. Name ring a bell? For those of you too young to remember, Courteney dances with Bruce at the end of this video. After that, everyone wanted to hire her and her career took off with some not so successful movies. Fortunately she had a nice run playing Alex’s girlfriend on Family Ties before landing the role of Monica on the long running television show, Friends, some ten years after Dancing In The Dark.

So here’s a bit of the past with a couple of people who did all right for themselves following the release of this video.

See you down the road.

Springsteen Sunday (Vol. 9, Hungry Heart)

Welcome back to the pulpit of Springsteen

Album: The River
Song: Hungry Heart

Hungry Heart is one of those Springsteen songs that everyone knows. Even some of you out there that aren’t Springsteen fans have probably heard it, though you won’t admit it. Don’t worry, I won’t name names but I know who you are.

The interesting thing about this song is that he actually wrote it for The Ramones after watching them perform at a club in Asbury Park, NJ. Producer Jon Landau successfully argued that Bruce would be crazy to let the song go and should keep it for himself. Lucky for us he did.

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The lyrics are kind of dark, talking about a man who leaves his family, but it strangely comes across as a party atmosphere when he performs it.

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

[CHORUS]
Everybody’s got a hungry heart
Everybody’s got a hungry heart
Lay down your money and you play your part
Everybody’s got a hungry heart

I met her in a Kingstown bar
We fell in love I knew it had to end
We took what we had and we ripped it apart
Now here I am down in Kingstone again

[CHORUS]

Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don’t make no difference what nobody says
Ain’t nobody like to be alone

[CHORUS]

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 This clip is from a Garden concert and as is typical for this song at all Springsteen concerts, the crowd sings while he enjoys it. Enjoy the fun.

 

See you down the road.