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  1. I dismiss your comments about 'this guy', because this Rolling Stone article is part of "The Stories Behind the Songs", one of the best Springsteen related books from the last 10 years. Regarding the 'yellow man' anti-racist remark, another indication is this early verse: Richard Nixon’s on the lam After dropping bombs on the yellow man I don’t care what shit they say They wouldn’t bomb a white man that way Not a day in prison did he spend They should have cut off his balls and let them twist in the wind
  2. I am sorry for your loss. When thinking about Bruce Springsteen's music as consolation in times of grief, there is no doubt that Land of Hope and Dreams is the one. And this song was copyrighted in 1998, the same year as the death of Springsteen's father: "the new song that served as a climax to the '99-'00 E Street reunion tour. No one had expected a new tune in those early shows, and even insiders (e.g. Dave Marsh) were taken aback when they finally heard it. Not just because it was new, but because it was obviously a top-rank addition to the canon - another warm-hearted, starry-eyed anthem to finding the light in the darkest of moments: A song about death not as an end, but as the start of a higher, spiritually unified existence. Grab your ticket and your suitcase/Thunder's rolling down this track/Well, you don't know where you're going now/But you know you won't be back... But I will say that my own paternal heart swells every time I hear the minor-to-major chord progression, a journey built on ringing electric guitars, mandolin, organ and vocals that weave into the chorus that describes the passengers welcome on the train beyond the horizon: losers and winners; saints and sinners; whores and gamblers; lost souls. All headed for a world where dreams will not be thwarted, where faith will be rewarded. Hear the steel wheels singing/bells of freedom ringing! Is this a glamorous, or even vainglorious, a portrait of judgment day? I can see how you might think that. But this is a song that makes me feel far more than I think. It doesn't matter to me, for instance, that the song's an adaptation of some other gospel tune. Or that it might strike some listeners as a vision that anoints without question or even the slightest hint of harder questions and moral judgments. But in this moment, on the threshold of mortality, I don't think that matters for anyone. It's a song about wishes. About the darkness you must navigate in this world, all in the name of the light you imagine waiting somewhere down the path. About the hope every parent has for his or her child, it's the journey you want to take with them when the moment comes. I will provide for you/And I'll stand by your side/You'll need a good companion for this part of the ride... Or maybe that's not how you hear it. Maybe to you it's just a catchy rock 'n' roll song with a driving beat, some raw-voiced singing and some kick-ass hard rock mandolin courtesy of Little Steven. Yes, that's it exactly. But right here, between us saints and sinners, losers and winners, whores and gamblers and lost souls, that's enough. More than enough."
  3. When in doubt about the lyrics, rather than relying on some doubtfull personal comment I rather try to rely on the what Writers (from books, magazine, blogs, ...) would say about some hanging Springsteen topics (for example the ever embarassing bullet mic nobody seems to understand but to dislike). Regarding the BIUSA song, I guess we can relay on the Brian Hiatt account in his books to get a more accurate and objective description: "On the oak writing table in his Colts Neck, New Jersey, house, Springsteen had a screenplay called Born in the U.S.A., sent his way by the film director Paul Schrader. Soon after writing “Vietnam,” Springsteen nicked the title of the script and began to transform the song. The first chorus he wrote rhymed “born in the U.S.A.” with a soon-to-be-discarded line sardonically saluting “the American way.” His reading of American history had recently included the 1979 book Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia (a paperback copy shows up in photographer Frank Stefanko’s 1982 shots of Springsteen’s house), and one draft of the new song feels like private venting over what he learned. After marveling that Nixon never spent a day in prison, Springsteen suggests an alternative punishment: They should have “cut off his balls,” he sings (really). This draft also makes clear, in case anyone ever really doubted it, that the reference to being sent off to fight “the yellow man” in the final song was intended as an antiracist statement. They wouldn’t treat “the white man that way,” he sings, while musing over what it felt like to be Cambodian and witness the horror of bombs “falling like rain.” Other drafts show how skilled Springsteen had become at editing and compression; we learn a lot more about the refinery, down to a description of its pollution blanketing the town, material that only merits a hint in the final song." https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/bruce-springsteen-wrote-born-in-usa-exclusive-book-excerpt-811634/
  4. I always try to buy the original English version if possible, but Amazon, NO WAY, never ever bought anything on Amazon I support my Shop-Around-the-Corner-bookstore
  5. @StevieVanZandt Can you believe the three countries with no publisher yet are France, Sweden, and NORWAY! 7:33 PM · Sep 15, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
  6. Thanks! This clears up some overreacting in the The 'I Wouldn't Dare Call It Official' From My Home To Yours Volume 28 post
  7. Please read the story behind this comment Bruce Springsteen stands with Freehold business after 'disgusting' Donald Trump deal https://eu.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/09/15/bruce-springsteen-donald-trump-freehold-music-center-pianos-atlantic-city/8351969002/
  8. 23.09.85 Denver, CO, intro to ‘Glory Days’: ”I’m coming to get you now (cheers)….I’m gonna warm up your little tootsies…..it’s my business up here….man….alright, here we go (singalong)….sounds good, Denver…. (?)….Pavarotti, look out out there…..here’s a song about ….growing old….that’s right….bring it down a little bit, boys…..I mean…being that today is (cheers)…..my b-b-b-b…my b-b-b-b….the day I was born (cheers)…..36 now, man (cheers)…that’s old (chuckles)…anybody else my age out there ? (cheers)….man….but I feel young tonight (cheers)…I feel handsome (cheers)….I feel at my sexual peak (cheers)….oh yeah (giggles)…oh man…..I got some inspiration from the Big Man, he’s 44 (cheers)…. like he always maintains his youthful beauty somehow…..when it’s your birthday, man, that’s a drag, I mean people coming up to you all day …. singing Happy Birthday and calling you the birthday boy and….’you’re looking like the monkey and you are one too’ and all those rhymes…..all that birthday stuff, man …..anyway….sometimes my back hurts now and I lay in bed at night, you know and ….I always sleep with my guitar….at first my wife didn’t like it but she got used to it (cheers)….you gotta take the whole package (chuckles)….anyway, I feel good and uh …..’cause anyway in the end…. it ain’t nothing but glory days….are you ready, band ? ….are you ready, Denverites ? (cheers)….” Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi
  9. Maybe it might not the best song to talk about today, if you have a better Springsteen song that is updating the 9/11 event then shoot. And that is why I posted that link to the 9/11 20 Years Later documentary, narrated by Springsteen: "Through their own words members of the FDNY family will tell the story of how they righted the ship rebuilding the department and their lives in the ensuing two decades after the tragedy. We'll showcase today's FDNY inspiring other fire departments to develop resilient strategies modeled from the FDNY that they can use to recover when tragedy strikes. The men and women of the FDNY are fighters. They had to be after 9/11. So this is not a story of tragedy. The firefighters that perished in those tower 20 years ago wouldn't want this to be about them. This story is one of uncompromising resilience of rising up and re-establishing the soul of the fire department of New York. No this isn't the story of a wreck but a rebuild. 9/11 was a day like no other. Please join me as we pay hommage to a lesson of resilience for the ages"
  10. The reason why I included this song in the Rising topic was trying to give an update about 9-11 in the words of Bruce Springsteen with the lesser known Hey Blue Eyes song. The facts contemplated in this song are undenieable (Abu Graib, US contractors greed, the responsibility of former presidents (all of them for my money!). But you are right about partisan politics especially since Springsteen has taken a political side. And I prefer not to go deeper in American party politcs here, that is not my aim. That battle has been fought as it seems over and over on the Lake forum. In matter of fact, my next post about the 9/11 20 Years Later documentary does offer the alternative for party politics ... And yes tastes may differ, and I won't be surprised if this song might be exist in a more rocking arrangement. But we should keep and open mind and respect here the artists view point wondering why Springsteen did execute the song like this. Bruce's genius is to get across the perversion of torture through disguising the lyric within a melody and chorus that suggest a love song. When you realise what you're listening to , you're revulsed. And I think Springsteen makes particularly good use of Patti Scialfa’s backing vocals. We’re used to them being warm and comforting, of course, but in this context — listen to them, for instance, at 1:16 and 2:10 — their serenity makes them absolutely chilling.
  11. The 9/11 20 Years Later documentary delivers a powerful and inspiring message of resilience through the words of those who were there, those who lived through and participated in the NY Fire department’s rebuilding, and those who carry on the department’s highest tradition of commitment to service. Narrated by Bruce Springsteen - very fitting
  12. “Hey Blue Eyes” is absolutely devastating in its withering criticism of American hypocrisy, but that’s not the impressive part. What makes “Hey Blue Eyes” such an astonishingly powerful song is the way it works on three completely different levels all at once–all while set against a deceptively lilting melody that seems ignorant of the lyrical content In the final verse, Bruce ties a brutally effective bow around all three readings of the song: She says, “In this house it’s so easy to set a world on fire All you need is a name, the money, and a soul full of reckless desire Upstairs the landlord is dining here with his criminal friends Don’t worry, they’ll have the bags packed and be long gone before the real fucking begins” Bruce intentionally uses the word “fucking” here, because he knows the effect it will have on us, his listeners. It jolts us, because we’re used to more artful euphemisms in his work. This is Bruce setting an alarm clock, telling us that it’s time to wake up from the spell of the song, time to go back and re-listen to the song through a coarser, uglier lens. And in doing so, we’re even more unsure: Are we listening to an S&M prostitute reassuring her john that their session will be undisturbed? Are we hearing condemnations of the U.S. president, who will leave office before the consequences of his actions, manipulations, and orders are fully felt–or the soldiers who receive empty promises and reassurance that their actions are legal and their return home imminent? Maybe Bruce is calling out the defense contractors and oil companies who profit from Blue Eyes’ particular predilections? The answer is yes. Yes to all of it. And as the song trails the final chorus, we’re deeply unsettled by the realization that the chorus is our inner national dialogue: What are we doing? And yeah, it has to be alright. Because if it’s not, what does that make us? Hey blue eyes, yeah, what you doing tonight Hey blue eyes, hey it’s alright Hey blue eyes, what you doing tonight Hey blue eyes, yeah it’s alright by Ken Posted on June 30, 2019 https://estreetshuffle.com
  13. If you are referring to the Crush on you song, then @Daisey Jeep knows all about it. But the big question is: what do you think about latest Paolos Archive review?
  14. Comparing a 1977 studio outtake with a 2005 live execution sound a little too far fetched. Please read that excellent review of Paolo for the latest 2005 archive show again about the Iceman 2005 version. But to understood the 1977 outtake we can rely on the Backstreets liner notes from Tracks: 13. Iceman RECORDING LOCATION: The Record Plant, New York, NY RECORDING DATE: October 27, 1977 HISTORY: This melancholy Darkness outtake first surfaced in the mid-’80s and, unlike “Give the Girl a Kiss,” fits the album thematically and stylistically. Springsteen didn’t even remember the song until a friend assembled a few box set suggestions from bootlegs and gave them to Bruce. BRUCE SAYS: “Bob Benjamin sent me a tape with about three songs on it, and ‘Iceman’ was one of them. I had forgotten I had even written it and I had no idea what it was, and I went back and it was a pretty nice song. Finding some of the things you’d forgot you had done, that was fun.… ‘Iceman,’ like ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ was just something that I didn’t get at the time that I did it.” LYRIC CROSS-CHECK: “I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got” would become one of the core declarations of “Badlands.” BRUCE SAYS II: “That line [‘I wanna go out tonight…’] is what I was thinking about at that time. I hadn’t recorded in a couple of years. I was stuck in that big lawsuit [with former manager Mike Appel] in the early part of my career, and there was a tremendous amount of ‘whatever happened to’-articles at that time. That whole record was a record where I felt like I was going to have to test myself and that was what I wanted to know, so that line ended up in a few different songs.” —Los Angeles Times interview, 1998 https://www.backstreets.com/Assets/pdfs/BackstreetsLinerNotes.pdf
  15. Fab review mate! It's that good it will certainly convert @Promise61 to have a listen "Having cautioned his audience’s excitement about this world premiere, a couple of fans recognise these opening chords for “Iceman”, and they simply can’t hold their joy until the finale. It’s a delicate performance, one that greatly contrasts the grittiness of the two versions with the E Street Band from 2014 and 2016, and it’s fitting just how cool Bruce’s vocal is, showing little to no anger (or emotion whatsoever) when telling his lover “the world just blew you away” and telling us “I was born dead“. Of course, the loss of loved ones and the different ways in which we react are themes tonight, so for Bruce to give us a song performance where his character is unfazed by the cruelties of this world is a fascinating start to this stand out eight song sequence. He links “Iceman” and the following song with a lovely intermezzo"
  16. After more than 15 years, still sooooooooooo many people lost on the bullet mic. Here is an excellent essay about the tour and THAT mic from Gregg Chadwick: "Bruce Springsteen is a man who takes risks with his music and his politics. On May 3, 2005 in Hollywood at the Pantages Theater it seemed that Springsteen let everything ride musically in a last chance to save America's soul. In two numbers culled from his Reagan era album "Nebraska" - "Reason to Believe" and "Johnny 99" - like numerous blues artists and Bob Dylan before him - Springsteen howled the lyrics through a bullet shaped harmonica microphone, amplifying his voice into a guttural roar, “Lord won't you tell us what does it mean/ At the end of every hard-earned day you can find some reason to believe." These two songs were re-imagined as twenty first century blues for America." https://greggchadwick.blogspot.com/2006/02/spirit-in-night-springsteen-live.html
  17. I found this on the www.springsteenlyrics.com website. This copy was used for promotional purposes. It has a sticker on the jewel case promoting Joe Grushecky's 10 Mar 1996 concert in Antwerp which I attended. The Grushecky concert in my hometown was organised by the Belgian Thunder Road fanclub. I made some black&white pictures front row, have to search for it somewhere in my house ......
  18. This was the complete setlist for 1995-10-21 Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA NO STRINGS ATTACHED / ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE / WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR / TALKING TO THE KING / DIDDY WAH DIDDY / CHAIN SMOKIN' / LABOUR OF LOVE / NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME / MURDER INCORPORATED / MUSTANG SALLY / GIMME SHELTER / DARK AND BLOODY GROUND / PUMPING IRON / AMERICAN BABYLON / HOMESTEAD / LIGHT OF DAY / DOWN THE ROAD APIECE / REBEL MUSIC / KEEP A KNOCKIN' So probably for space reasons they do not release all the songs. This show features the only known full Springsteen performance of "Gimme Shelter" released previously on the UK EP Labour Of Love.
  19. There was indeed a next when Springsteen went on a short clubtour called the "October Assault" with Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers in 1995. On Oct. 29, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers will release a 25th Anniversary edition of “American Babylon,” the acclaimed 1995 album produced by Bruce Springsteen. The two-CD set, from Cleveland International Records, will feature the album’s original 12 selections, including two songs, “Homestead” and “Dark and Bloody Ground,” co-written with Springsteen, along with demo recordings of “Chain Smokin’,” "Never Be Enough Time” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” A 13-track companion disc documents live performances recorded at Nick’s Fat City (now Foxtail) during the “October Assault” tour in 1995, which also included shows in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Asbury Park, N.J. https://themusicuniverse.com/bruce-springsteen-produced-joe-grushecky-album-gets-expanded/ CD 2: (Recorded Live at Nick’s Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA October 1995) No Strings Attached Only Lovers Left Alive Bruce Springsteen Intro What Did You Do In The War (with Bruce Springsteen) Chain Smokin’ (with Bruce Springsteen) Labor Of Love (with Bruce Springsteen) Never Enough (with Bruce Springsteen) Dark and Bloody Ground (with Bruce Springsteen) Pumping Iron (with Bruce Springsteen) Homestead (with Bruce Springsteen) American Babylon (with Bruce Springsteen) Light of Day (with Bruce Springsteen) Down The Road Apiece (with Bruce Springsteen)
  20. I guess that lovely look is all courtesy of Chris McMillan who is also in that Instagram photo: "He’s the mastermind behind the sexy, beachy wavy look that is currently ubiquitous on every red carpet. When Kim Kardashian got engaged, it was Chris she wanted to do her hair for the big day. When a certain rock star wanted a whole new image to shake the foundation, she called Chris—and Miley Cyrus’ new look was born." https://www.chrismcmillanthesalon.com/#about
  21. Max Weinberg's "Born In The U.S.A." Drum Sound: I'd been listening to a lot of Stones and particularly the song Street Fighting Man and I was really getting back into Charlie Watt's drumming and the beauty of it and the simplicity yet complexity of it and I sort of channeled Charlie on that song so if you listen to what a plane on the song Born In The USA is a lot of, there's the big beat but there's also all this little inside stuff that gives it this rolling momentum
  22. Famous concert when Bruce returned to the stage after the house lights went on to perform the last two numbers to a stunned remaining few. The excellent show includes the first E Street Band version of "Pretty Flamingo" since 1975. No "I Get Mad" in "She's The One", it's replaced by "Gloria". Now on YouTube now with handy timing links
  23. Nah, those Niew Zeeland Netflix lists will keep you busy https://www.flicks.co.nz/tag/best-of-netflix/
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