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  1. 14 points
    You can see them on the tweet Bruce put out with presale info for the LP. Someone transcribed them. Seems pretty obvious this is a political tune. (about you know who.) and has “THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE” in the lyrics! can’t wait. Rainmaker Parched Crops dying 'neath a dead sun We've been praying but no good comes The dog's howling, home's stripped bare We've been worried, but now we're scared People come for comfort or just to come Taste the dark, sticky potion or hear the drums Hands raised to Yahweh to bring the rain down He comes crawlin' 'cross the dry fields like a dark shroud Rainmaker, a little faith for hire Rainmaker, the house is on fire Rainmaker, take everything you have Sometimes folks need to believe in something so bad, so bad, so bad They'll hire a rainmaker Rainmaker says white's black and black's white Says night's day and day's night Says close your eyes and go to sleep now I'm in a burnin' field unloadin' buckshot into low clouds Rainmaker, a little faith for hire Rainmaker, the house is on fire Rainmaker, take everything you have Sometimes folks need to believe in something so bad, so bad, so bad They'll hire a rainmaker Slow moving wagon drawing through a dry town Painted rainbow, crescent moon and dark clouds Brother patriot come forth and lay it down Your blood brother for king and crown for your Rainmaker They come for the smile, the firm handshake They come for the saw chance of a fair shake Some come to make damn sure, my friend This mean season's got nothin to do with them They come 'cause they can't stand the pain Of another long hot day of no rain 'Cause they don't care or understand What it really takes for the sky to open up the land. Rainmaker a little faith for hire Rainmaker, the house is on fire Rainmaker, take everything you have Sometimes folks need to believe in something so bad, so bad, so bad They'll hire a rainmaker Rainmaker Rainmaker Rainmaker
  2. 13 points
    Bruce's recording and songwriting career has basically been his own life story. His songs and albums through the years have reflected the part of his life he was in both at that time and occasionally looking back to his teenage years and his childhood. He has written about the people he knew, the characters he encountered, the environment he was in, and the great and unique thing about him is that this has been universal. His songwriting has been one long essay on the whole human condition from childhood to old age with an American backdrop but universal in it's appeal. We all go through and experience these things. He has chronicled his life, and now he is in his 70's he is writing about very different things and in a very different way to what he was in his 20's and 30's. The great thing about Bruce is that he has done so many varied types of styles in his records and they all have in my opinion, a magical appeal. When people ask me what my favourite era of Bruce's career is I can't tell them. He was a young, explosive dynamo in the 70's and early 80's, became more reflective in the late 80's and 90's. His post 2000 material has been astonishing. He has released some of the best albums of his career in the later part of his career, and especially recently when we were lucky enough to get another masterpiece in Western Stars. It's his variation in styles, his willingness to try new things, the sheer quality of his songs. So I don't think his standards have dropped at all. I just think he has changed his style of writing to adapt to the way the world has changed and how he has changed as he has got older.
  3. 12 points
    It's amazing how many fans visit the lake to voice their opinion on how Bruce is doing things wrong. It used to bug me a while back, now i just think it's funny... and a bit sad. (fuck off trolls) I'm loving this new song, I'm loving the video even more. Seeing Bruce and all his mates having such a good time and taking pride and joy at what they do and have been doing for decades is just fuckin' superb. I wish Danny and the Big Man were there too, it always softens the joy of a new video not seeing them. He's a 70+ year old rock God, i love him to bits I can't wait to listen to the new album. For years and years I've always felt a thrill, a knott in my belly when he puts out a new record, it always seems to come at at time when I need his music so bad, and once again his music gives me the lift I need so bad. I wish I could tell him how much his music means to me. I know that is impossible because with every listen, every 3 min record of his i listen to it just means more...the older you get the more it means.
  4. 8 points
    Just a little pre-warning that within the next few days - probably during the weekend - I will install a new upgrade to the forum that will mean quite a few, mostly visual, changes. I know, change is hard, but it has to be done. I don't expect too much downtime, but you never know. Depends on how smoothly it goes.
  5. 8 points
    Not I - the 5th, 8th, 10th, 17th, and 20th were my 5 This recording of SFM sounds wonderful, doesn't it? But like you I was at the 6 Jul 85 show at Wembley - "this songs especially for London", with Steve, too - and the context adds so much. I appreciate how much Bruce cares about the ability of multi-track recordings to then be remastered into a finished product that is extraordinary for recordings of live shows. But I do wish he'd relent and consider special shows where all they may have is a two-track soundboard cassette to work with. I bet that they work wonders, and thus open up the archive releases to many shows with special moments. While the finished product may not have the full aural experience obtainable from multi-track masters, my decades of listening to G-Dead 2-track soundboards, and soundboard/audience mixes, firmly convinces me that there is a product there that fans would love to hear. As could be seen from my earlier thread dedicated to them, those 10 nights in Jersey in August of '84 represent a special time for me. I expect those who were not fortunate enough to live them live can now put on three shows from the 10 in outstanding quality and come close to creating the actual experience.
  6. 8 points
  7. 8 points
    I just took the new single for a walk, with roulette, my love will let you down and something in the night It fit right in
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  9. 8 points
    It's a tree with a nasty bark
  10. 8 points
    Haven't read anyone else's thoughts yet, but after a first couple listens, here's how I'm feeling. - Seeing (and hearing) the band working together like this even in 2020 is inspiring. Like I know I'm not the only one on this board who has wondered - with all the '70s stuff at the end of the last tour, Clarence and Danny gone, Max 10 years out from heart surgery, etc. - about the future of the band, but as of now everything still seems promising! - Very satisfying to hear the E Street Band together again in general (the organ at the 2-minute mark!!) - The execution of the falsetto took me by surprise; usually he goes into it for an entire line or set of lines, he doesn't usually build into it on just the end of a line? So it's really well-executed here and blends in with the other vocals in a way I wasn't expecting. - Hot take? But this has biiiiig Lucky Town energy to me -- not identical since like... it's the E Street Band and sounds like the E Street Band, lol, and the vocals are very much modern Bruce and sound like it, and the production sounds very post-Western Stars. But, I don't know, something about the melodies, some of the guitars and drumming, and the introspective-yet-upbeat nature of the song make me feel like it's a cross between Lucky Town Bruce and '10s Bruce -- and I'm very down with that crossover to kick of the sixth decade(!) of his career. The vocals here also feel like the best pure rock Bruce vocals since Wrecking Ball. - Lyrically I'm assuming the "you" is us, the listener, making this kind of feel like a catch-all reflection on his entire work -- which, if this song is approaching the end of his career, is very affecting... which I also thought about "Dream Baby Dream" as a closing track two albums ago alol so maybe I gotta stop viewing all the new releases in that light! But at any rate it feels very meta in a way I like; it'll be interesting to see to what extent the other songs are also autobiographical in a way that comprises that "letter". I think this definitely makes more sense of the revival of random 70s outtakes (thematically even if not musically); if this song's kind of an acknowledgment of his body of work itself, then bringing back some of the very earliest songs feels like it's bringing the whole thing full circle in a way that could be very impactful. If I'm right in that read, and the album as a whole focuses on that, it could become one of my favorites, and I'm tentatively LOVING the song in that light; the unity between Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. at the beginning in '73 + Letter to You now, in '20, was noted in the other thread before this song even dropped. It feels even more striking and relevant now that we have the lyrics. If this is album is to be basically a letter to us about the letters he's been writing us for the past 50 years, count me the fuck in.
  11. 7 points
    It really is an excellent album, probably the one I am drawn back to most consistently. I appreciate it might not be his 'best' but I have perhaps listend to some of the classics to death. Lucky town feels effortlessly great and welcoming. Lyrically it is stunning (the laconic narrative of Lucky Town and the beauty of Living proof and book of dreams). If he had combined this with some of the best tunes from HT he would have created one of his best albums ever.
  12. 7 points
  13. 7 points
    Hopefuly accompanied by angry guitars and pounding drums
  14. 7 points
    I was of the same opinion on my first couple of listens. But...I had a couple of beers and played it on YouTube with the lyrics on screen. It hit me like a brick. Brucie is speaking to us, his die hard fans, us the people who know him the best, who have been with him for years from dark skies to blue. He is telling how he came to bare his faults and flaws to me. He bowed his head. He dug deep in his soul and signed his name true. And he sent it in a letter to me. Brucie often brings me to tears when I listen to his lyrics. I'm bubbling now. Probably the beers but I'm not sure.
  15. 7 points
    Under 30 year old fan here. You're right, I've never written an actual letter before haha, but for me that adds to the song. For me writing and mailing a physical letter implies more effort, heart and soul was put into the message. Which is exactly what the song is about.
  16. 7 points
    I see why you say this. Bruce wrote so much amazing material from this period, a good deal of it discarded, left off albums, or performed only rarely because they didn’t quite meet the standards or they didn’t fit the album theme. The songs then were filled with a hunger, a longing, an angst. And many of them were great. Artists are lucky to get a one “Born to Run,” but we got “Darkness” after it and the “River” and so on. Others have suggested this already, but I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. A person in their 70s looks back and tries to make peace and sense of the journey because there isn’t much road left to travel. Our culture romanticizes youth; we become obsessed with artists who burn out, die young, or walk away when the youthful fire burns out. We don’t get too many examples of artists who actually get old and talk openly about it.I think it’s a remarkable thing to have watched Bruce age and write about that experience. I’m sure it’s not unique, and there are other examples. I for one loved watching Sinatra sing when we was old; there was a beauty to what he was doing in all of its imperfections and failure to live up to his youthful efforts. It took some remarkable courage to show his frailty. People do lose things as they get older, they lose their acumen, their ability to run and walk and slide across the stage and his high notes and tie their shoes. This is a natural part of life, and it’s one that happens to us all. But that doesn’t also mean that what older people say and do and create isn’t valuable. It’s just not the same. I don’t know what the album will bring, but the song’s simplicity in its lyrics and its chord progressions, as well as the no-frills recording suggests a rawness and openness about the frailty and fragility of human life and creativity.
  17. 7 points
    And we haven't heard the rest of the album yet
  18. 6 points
    I remember it well, it was my first Springsteen show, 8/6/84. The 18 year old version of me went to the Meadowlands Arena that night, totally stoked about hearing snippets of the first night at the Arena via WNEW-FM coverage of the event. I remember getting there, and knowing that I was going to have to engage in something rather sinister (to my 18 year old mind), dealing with a SCALPER! So, after roaming around the parking lot and Arena, I eventually found a "hey buddy, do you need a ticket" type of guy. My mind remembers the ticket price was $12.50- from memory, and yes I have the ticket stub still. For the princely sum of $60, a lot to an as of yet college attending kid, I was IN! Sort of felt like an underage alcohol purchase or something more illicit, but the deed was done. My seat was on the first level, exactly across from the stage. So, even though I was totally across the Arena from Bruce, that didnt matter, my eyesight was good and my spirits high. I remember the song Trapped, not knowing what it was at the time and saying, "boy, I dont know this one, but it is good". Of course, it later came out on the USA for Africa comp a year later or so. And, having a couple songs on 75-85 live from 8/6/84 was sorta cool, you know, your first show and all. One distinct remembrance, not being able to speak above a whisper the next couple days at work after the show. I was working at a job at AT&T that was as a support person, and boy, I was really hoarse, due to singing all the songs at the show, I am sure, much to my fellow concert goers dismay. Didnt matter, I was a kid in heaven! I can say this song or that song was great, but in truth, it was all great, no lie. Another remembrance, attending an Elvis Costello concert at the Garden State Arts center a few weeks later, with a good friend. He was touring behind a horrible record of the time, Goodbye Cruel World. The show was so bad, that as my recovery after the show, on the drive home I blasted the Born in the USA cassette from my 1973 Plymouth Duster casette deck and again shredded my vocal cords, and for good measure, banged my fist on the dash enough times to crack it! (as a collector of old cars now, I would be really pissed to have a cracked dash, but that is how stuff like that happened long ago) Glad they are releasing it- I think you can guess I may pick this one up.
  19. 6 points
    Im a rainmaker baby, i rain from toooooown to town
  20. 6 points
    He’s making use of that h that he saved in Wild ‘orses.
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  22. 6 points
    I realize they are different types of music, but a good song is a good song. Moonlight Motel and Western Stars are great songs, Badlands and Born To Run are great songs, regardless of what genre you put them in.
  23. 6 points
    The remake of American Pie by Madonna always scares the crap out of me.
  24. 6 points
    I just think I like it, at first listen it convinces me. 40 years have passed since I bought "The river" I have aged and he too, I no longer run at night in the car, my children are leaving the house (3 me too) I age with my body complaining, but the head is happy with what I have done so far. I'll be a grandfather next step. Bruce continues to sing what he lives and likes, if that's okay, if not we buy other people's records we don't have to spend money on an old rocker. I buy the record.
  25. 6 points
  26. 6 points
    I hear the song as a letter to the fandom as well, I'd also taken the leap to thinking the inclusion of the three old songs now made sense in this context. But I hadn't quite made the direct connection between Greetings and this. The first, a postcard welcoming whoever wants to come and immerse themselves in Bruce's world. And now, a Letter from Bruce to those who have for so long done so. Tremendous
  27. 5 points
    Well, never had this subject pop up before.
  28. 5 points
    "Rainmaker says white's black and black's white" Fair to say I'm going to like this
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  30. 5 points
    I was the one who transcribed them, and then posted to BTX. Others put the lyrics on springsteenlyrics/genius.
  31. 5 points
    As long as we get at 4 more Nugs shows in 2020 (accounting for September through December, not including any holiday bonus shows), I don't care how sporadically they are released.
  32. 5 points
    1977-02-13 Definitive Soul Crusaders Totonto https://mega.nz/folder/7n4ThSyB#H2hzGOQgW8bRpLsHu1gVlw link good till 9-26 Enjoy
  33. 5 points
    Today I listened to the three 'old' songs that are going to be on the album. They happened to all be posted on BTX. Three versions of Song for Orphans, three of Janey Needs A Shooter and one of If I Were The Priest (I still prefer Allan Clarke's version of that). If the Orphans song is anything like his 2005 version on the D & D tour I'll be delighted - love the way he arranged it. Personally I'm not bothered about having these ancient songs on this album as they're pretty much unknown to me, although some of you may have listened to them many times over the years. I don't tend to delve into all the outtakes, etc very much. I AM hoping for a theme to run through this record though Bring it on!
  34. 5 points
    I’m not sure of the point of comparing every release with pre1980 . Yes we can wax lyrical about those wonderful days but I do get a little irked by people writing off songs because they don’t match this era . I find Letter to You a song with an average intro which improves dramatically by the time it reaches the chorus . I agree you can hear HT/LT era in those early notes but the chorus well and truly shakes off those comparisons and sets the tone for the rest of what is a very good song . l particularly love the metaphor of letter writing to express his message. There’s something poignant and romantic about it and I feel it adds some emotion to the song. A note to Jon Landau - you had better explain letter writing on the album notes for the under 30 fan base though !
  35. 5 points
    After a day of processing (and repeated listens), I agree that while this may not be the "best" song he's put out post-Reunion era... it's by far the most Bruce sounding to me. With the exception of maybe Radio Nowhere, this is undeniably Bruce in all regards (the sound, the band, the lyrical Springsteen tropes). Some are saying it's "Springsteen by the numbers," but I see it more that it's true to his sound. Everything about it feels so authentic. It's getting me very very excited about the album.
  36. 5 points
    Agree, but eventhough I wish it was still 1978, it's not, & he's not 28 anymore, he's 71. Do you really expect him to put something out lyrically of the caliber of the 70s/80s? This is probably as good as it gets for right now, & it's good. Certainly better than his last few efforts.There's nothing wrong with "good pop/rock", especially considering with what's currently playing on commercial radio & MTV.
  37. 5 points
    I think it's a good song, and I don't mind the lyrics at all. In fact I think they are good and say all that has to be said. I don't expect Bruce to have lyrics like Racing in the Street or Jungleland for every song he does. It's a rock and roll song with a message and I think it gets it over quite well. Musically, I love it. The guitar twang, the power, the arrangement is good as well. he sounds in good voice. Very much looking forward to the album. Remember it's his 20th album of his career and he is in his 70's now and getting to end of that train ride we have all been on with him. I think it will be yet another high quality album.
  38. 5 points
    I doubt you'll find many people conjuring up 'mongrel trees', never mind 6th formers. The last verse sums up his feelings of pain and happiness - light and darkness - in a way that most folk understand and empathise with. The masses 'get it' and that's why it'll sell the album - along with the catchy tune.
  39. 5 points
    I think it's the melody and the instruments that win out on this one.
  40. 5 points
    Really interesting reading people’s interpretations of the song here and the possible lifelong body of work connection with the fans. I want to agree with this and so I will until the album is released. It makes complete sense. After the beauty of western stars I wanted a follow up album to hold a clearly identifiable theme and I was beginning to doubt that it would have one, when I saw the inclusion of the three older songs. Now I don’t doubt. And my fears of this being another High Hopes album when I saw the track listing yesterday morning are already being rapidly dispelled by the insights of this great fan community. It feels like a brilliant choice of first track to release and a wonderfully appropriate title for the album. I’ve been wishing away this dreadful year that is 2020 since March and I’m wishing away more of it now until October 23rd when I can listen to this record in its entirety. Thank you Bruce. Thank you Lakers.
  41. 5 points
    So let's just recap So we are hearing KOD, my lucky day, LOHAD, loose change, save my love, moonlight motel - ive bound to have missed a couple You'd think Bruce Springsteen had written this or something
  42. 4 points
    It means out of the 387 football related arguments we have have...you won 5
  43. 4 points
    Seems this will be today's archive release
  44. 4 points
    Had a tooth pulled out in the morning and now I've got the fever and am laying on the couch watching the Pittsburgh 2016 video. The song playing right now: Lost in the flood.
  45. 4 points
    Personally, I find it interesting reading people's different opinions when Bruce brings something new out. The majority of posters seem to really like the new single, some are a bit ambivalent about it, and a few don't like it at all. Wouldn't be that interesting if every single poster thought everything Bruce brought out was brilliant. Having said that, it can be a bit much,when someone spends more than a year letting everyone know that they didn't like the last album!
  46. 4 points
    Agree! What an amazing song that is.
  47. 4 points
    Much as I love albums with ‘themes,’ and/or specific genres/styles; nothing wrong IMO with albums/collections such as Tracks, High Hopes, the various outtakes albums, etc... I also LOVE I’ll Stand By You Always (as does Mr RJM). Also wish he’d have put Protection on something...
  48. 4 points
    I would suspect this is partly to avoid clashes with further single releases from the album as these usually take place on Fridays.
  49. 4 points
    I’m not exactly sure what a bang average rocker is (I’m assuming it’s an average rock song?) but I think the River has several of them. On a different note, the beginning drum has been annoying me because I couldn’t think of what it was reminding me of. Finally hit me this morning that it is Leap of Faith.
  50. 4 points
    Not a hot take at all. I immediately thought this was like if WOAD was recorded in early 90s with E Street. Brilliant.