Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run


Born To Run, part four of our Springsteen Week. Sometimes I wonder whether I was born to write, and I know that Benny has previously written about Born To Kill, (twice, in fact) but what do I think of Born To Run?

Number two with, somehow, less listens than number three. Yay for Spotify maths!

Now, I’m going to start by showing you the, apparently, official music video. I’m not a fan of performance videos, I find them dull, I mentioned that previously, in my Born In The U.S.A write up on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t like it. But, if you do, get the hell off of this site.

So, I’m a fan of this song. It’s an upbeat refusal to be defeated by a world that is determined to defeat you. No lyric in the song, to me, makes that more apparent than this one…

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

The town will kill that which you are, if not actually kill you, so get the hell out of there while you still can – you were Born To Run, not to settle for whatever the world leaves you with.

I’ve got a bit of a soft-spot for this song, too. Every Thursday, there’s a particular job that we do and there’s a guy that says that we’re good to do that job, and he uses the words “clear to run”, which are only really 2/3’s the same as the title of this song, but enough so that I’m half-tempted to try and write a parody, just for that job.

Yes, I’m a sad, sad man.

I’ve developed a soft-spot for drums over the last few months as well – expect a post or two about superb drumming throughout a number of songs at some point – and the drums at the start really turn me onto this song. Throw in the sax (?) in the middle and it’s a musical marvel. It’s got highs, got lows, got two instrumentals if you ignore the intro.

It’s a song that, if you still haven’t heard it, I recommend you listen to – not from the video above, but from the audio alone – here’s the Spotify link – just give it a listen and I guarantee you that you’ll enjoy it.

9/10

That Guy

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