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  1. This changes for me every day, but today I love “Ain’t Good Enough For You.” I cant believe he sat on it for so long. I mean, it doesn’t fit in Darkness. But still.
  2. I think it almost certainly is. Bruce has a keen sense for narrative arc: “Thunder Road” is in the morning, “Jungle land” at night. This is a farewell letter, a thank you letter. I think this is probably the last album of new material he expects to write. That’s not saying that we won’t get Tracks 2 or reissues of Nebraska or BITUSA. Or that he won’t go on tour.
  3. I love this. “Greetings” as an album is about being young and being able to make a record about the urban scenes he was trying to make sense of. “Does This Bus” is an urban scene, just all sorts of disconnected images that a young person is trying to take in, even if he can’t make sense of them. It’s words and images that are disconnected. Springsteen himself is still trying to find a voice that is distinct from his influences. In this single, we exchange the urban for the bucolic, and youth has given way to old age, and now he can make sense of it. Self-referential indeed, and beau
  4. 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
  5. There it is! Hadn’t thought of that line. So glad you noted it.
  6. It’s cool. Not every song or album is for everyone. We all respond to different things and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  7. I’ve been scratching my head over this one too. The full lyric is “‘neath a crowd of mongrel trees I pulled that bothersome thread.” Take this with a few heaps of salt: I see Bruce as setting the stage for where he wrote the letter. The focus is on him and his experience writing the letter. Trees in general provide a respite from the hot sun, a place to sit and rest and reflect, a being that provides us nourishment (as in fruit for us to eat as well as oxygen to breathe), and of course the knowledge of Good and evil and the Fall of Man. These are the themes of course he explores and he li
  8. I’m sorry, I noticed that you posted it after I had written the post. All I can say is “Great Minds.”
  9. There’s another song with a thread, of course, as others have noted above: “Had a coat of fine leather and snakeskin boots But that coat always had a thread hangin' too loose Well, I pulled it one night and to my surprise It led me right past your house and on over the rise.” The thing about pulling a thread is that more comes out than you expected and, once you pull that thread, it’s seldom the last one because all the threads are connected to other threads. In “Lucky Town,” though Bruce is a rich man with fine leather and boots, there’s that bothersome thread than
  10. I take this song metapoetically, in the sense that it’s a letter about other letters, or a song about other songs. In this light, we find Bruce singing to us about singing to us and what that has meant for him on his end. Bruce’s music is full of artifice: we find invented characters who bear some resemblance to him, but aren’t him. I’m sure he finds himself in the man driving on Eldridge Avenue in “Stolen Car” or the the man willing to mow your lawn and clean the leaves out of your drain in “Jack of All Trades,” but these characters are also not him. So who is this guy? This Le
  11. That very much could be, and actually that makes sense given the video.
  12. Indeed, and he has yet to do it with the ESB, which is an important part of his journey and his story. Im thinking in terms of the larger narrative of his work. If Magic opened with “Radio Nowhere” and he’s asking “is there anybody alive out there” or “does anyone still care about what I have to say,” it feels like this “Letter to Us” might be asking a different question: “how do I begin to say goodbye to my audience?” Not necessarily in the sense that he’s retiring necessarily, but he does turn 71 in a couple of weeks. WS was all about coming to terms with mortality, this might be a
  13. I don’t disagree. I loved Western Stars, but I always try to keep in mind that with Bruce songs are often part of the larger tapestry of the album. He seems to be talking about his life’s work, and it’s in the same mode he’s been in for a while with WS, the book, and Broadway: looking back on his life’s work and trying to make sense of it. As a song, it may not be the most profound of things. But it allows us to see another take on his reflections about his work.
  14. Ha. Old fashioned indeed. I also couldn’t imagine anyone’s baby coming in on the Tucson Train either. Bruce has always had a keen sense for romantic nostalgia, so I’m glad to see that here too.
  15. For what it’s worth, Magic was the album that re-introduced me to Bruce. I was a kid in the 80s and loved BITUSA. As a 7-year-old, I couldn’t understand TOL when it came out. But when I heard Radio Nowhere on the radio, I thought “whoa, what’s this? I love this.” I bought the album, loved the whole the whole thing, and had the opportunity since to dive into the back catalogue.
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