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High Lonesome

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  1. I think it's a pretty good song. Not quite as good as Oasis' highlights, but still better than most of the post 90s albums they released.
  2. I very rarely cry, almost never, but there's a part in We Are Alive which leaves me misty-eyes and that's when he sings "Let your mind rest easy, sleep well my friend. It's only our bodies that betray us in the end" that makes me at least misty-eyed. I don't really like that song, but that part is just too much. Other songs that make me emotional are Shut Out the Light and Brothers Under the Bridge. So does My Lover Man. Not so much the lyrics, but there's something about that music that gets me in a very bittersweet and nostalgic state of mind. I don't why, because I don't have any memories of hearing it when I was a kid or teenager or anything, but everytime I listen to it I'm thrown back to easier and more innocent times, which also gets me close to tears. I've listened to it three times in a row now, and wow, that melody really pulls at my heartstrings.
  3. Today is a year since my mom passed away, even if it's hard to believe that it's already been one year. On the other hand it feels like one hundred years ago when I look of pictures of me and my smiling mom taking a summer walk down by the water, before the illness got too severe. It's crazy how something can seem so far away, while at the same time it's like it was only an eyeblink ago. This day most of my thoughts have been of her and the time before and after her passing, and I just read this thread again and people's replies. Even if I have family members and friends I can talk to, it was important to write freely about it as well, and since Bruce Springsteen's music helped me a lot, it felt natural to do so here. I guess its's easier sometimes to talk about things like this with people you don't really know for some reason. As I said I just read people's kind messages and replies again. Every kind word mattered and they helped me going through that horrible situation without completely lose my mind. So i just wanted to say thank you for that, and I hope that everyone else who's going through similar things have people you can talk to as well.
  4. Isn't it possible for a song to both be a rock anthem that works great as a show opener or something to turn on at a party AND a song with a deeper meaning with lyrics you can read while listening to it and learn to appreciate another way? I can listen to Born in the U.S.A. and sympathize with American veterans that were treated like shit, but I can also listen to it when I'm at the gym because the music gets me pumped when I deadlift etc. And that's not the only Bruce Springsteen song that works in more than one way. Hungry Heart is kind of a sad song about an unsatisfied man that leaves his family, but judging from live clips I've watched it doesn't seem to make people gloomy and make them contemplate over how fragile marriages can be. Even the lyrics to Cadillac Ranch is basically about the inevitability of death, and that's one of Bruce's most popular part songs and when I watch liveclips from it being played in the eighties, it's just joyful to watch, even if I'm aware what the lyrics really are about. The same goes for other artists and bands as well. I mean, Bad Moon Rising is about the apocalypse but I sure don't mind putting it on when I'm in a good mood.
  5. Yeah, maybe that's true I remember that when I was a kid, my uncle had a girlfriend from New Zealand. She gave me a t-shirt with a kiwi bird on it!
  6. The reason I like the song is because it's a good rock song, and that's most likely why the vast majority likes the song. I've been to more than one party where people fist pump the air and yell the chorus to Born in the U.S.A. (I'm Swedish btw), and I don't think anyone in that room thought so much more about it at the moment. Now, when it comes to the lyrics I've always looked at it as a song that is both critical of the American invasion of Vietnam, and how the veterans where treated when they came back home. Is there really much more to it?
  7. Edit: I didn't even read the whole list, because I really don't care that much about it, and after looking through the top 50 I realized that the list was a total joke anyway. But I guess they got a lot of hate clicks from people, and it's probably a much more shared and read article than most other stuff they write, so good for them.
  8. Which is Rolling Stone's primary target group? I'm guessing now, but I'm pretty sure it isn't young people that mostly listen to hiphop or Spotify's Top 50. Trying to combine old time rock & roll with contemporary trap or electropop from the latest decade just makes the list look like a bloody mess. Lorde's "Royals" is better than the Rolling Stones "Satisfaction"? Really? The same goes for Kanye West's "Runaways" which is two spots stronger than Bruce's "Born to Run" (And squeezed inbetween those two are Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You".) If you're gonna make a list like this it would make a lot more sense to have a group of people with similar taste, because that would make a list like this much more credible and coherent. Now it's basically just a list of random 500 songs that a few hundred people like. Personally I mostly listen to rock & roll and its different subgenres, and while I don't like everything (I can't stand Queen for example) I'm not really surprised to see "Bohemian Rhapsody" at a higher spot than "Born to Run" (even if I really really hate that song), because they are both classic rock songs from the same era. I don't really mind seeing Aretha Franklin's "Respect" at the top spot, even if it's not in my personal top 500 favorite songs. However I do think it is a fu**ing joke to see "Gasolina" cracking the top 50, while the Animals "The House of the Rising Sun" only reaching #471. And the Supremes' "Baby Love" is obviously only good enough to barely make the list at all. And I totally think that "Born to Run" is OBJECTIVELY a better song than "Get Ur Freak On". And no one can deny that the most important thing with this list was to make it much more "diverse", "including" and "relevant" than the last list. There's no way that the top 50 would look like this if Rolling Stone had an online poll asking for their readers' favorite songs. And do they really think that any group will be satisfied with this? I don't think for a second that people in my age or younger that listen to hiphop/RnB/electropop or whatever read Rolling Stone, so what's the point trying to impress them anyway? I guess this picture kinda sums up my opinion of this list:
  9. The Who Sell Out (1967) and The Verve's Urban Hymns from 1997. Good stuff.
  10. I actually went and looked for it today, but couldn't find it. I did however buy Uncut's latest Van Morrison special, and that looks pretty cool, so I'm happy anyway.
  11. None, sadly. I didn't really become a big Springsteen fan until 2019, so not so much to do about it. It would be awesome to see him if he were to tour Europe with the E Street Band again, which isn't impossible I guess.
  12. Did they? I think I'll buy a copy of it (if it's released in Sweden yet, I don't know), but it kinda sucks if they're that lazy.
  13. Yeah, it wouldn't be impossible to imagine that tune on This Year's Model or Get Happy.
  14. When I first heard Elvis Costello's Miracle Man I immediately thought "Wow, this really sounds like some Bruce Springsteen song", but I couldn't quite figure out which one. After I while I came to the conclusion that it sounds both a bit like Ramrod as well as Darlington County. I wouldn't say that the similarites are overt, but I know that Bruce was a huge fan of Costello's early albums, and they likely inspired his songwriting in the late seventies and early eighties. And it's probably been mentioned many many times, but the strings in the last minute or so of Madame George sounds pretty similar to the "woah-oh-oh-oh"-part in Born to Run.
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