Tom-Joad

You walk too far, you walk away

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I really like that piece and agree with almost everything you said, except the part about roads not having any identity or history. I disagree with that and I think the truest thing Bruce ever said about a road is "the highway is alive tonight."

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isnt life about the journey not the destination ?

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10 minutes ago, Jerseyfornia said:

I really like that piece and agree with almost everything you said, except the part about roads not having any identity or history. I disagree with that and I think the truest thing Bruce ever said about a road is "the highway is alive tonight."

I said “usually”. :) How the idea of road is used to create an American identity is what makes it fascinating!

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14 minutes ago, Daisey Jeep said:

isnt life about the journey not the destination ?

There's really only one destination for all of us.

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53 minutes ago, Jerseyfornia said:

There's really only one destination for all of us.

And he makes it so evidently clear on WS, doesn't he?  

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3 hours ago, Jerseyfornia said:

There's really only one destination for all of us.

... where it’s heading, everybody knows. 

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I once identified very much with "these two lanes will take us anywhere" - although it might be the darkness on the edge of town or the highway, alive and without a rewarding destination - but nearing the end of that road it becomes very much the essence of the journey and what contentment and peace of mind you can distil from that. Which in turn leads to trying to redress some things and do some good in some areas.

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I was thinking about this very lyric last night.  "You walk too far, you walk away"  Kept me wondering what it means.  Seems like you could

walk too far, then turn around and walk back.  But maybe not ;)

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Walk too far, you walk away: You walk away from relationships, from tasks, from your way of life...

It might be a good thing if something takes its place. But it could be that you are inadvertently walking away from what it would be good to hold onto.

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2 hours ago, Cowgirl said:

I was thinking about this very lyric last night.  "You walk too far, you walk away"  Kept me wondering what it means.  Seems like you could

walk too far, then turn around and walk back.  But maybe not ;)

Reaching the point of no return?
Burning your bridges?
Doing something that can't be undone?

 

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3 hours ago, newcastle roy said:

Yes, a Bruce Springsteen concert B)

A-freakin-men!!  

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2 hours ago, Rizla said:

Reaching the point of no return?
Burning your bridges?
Doing something that can't be undone?

 

I was going to post the first comment. You know when you've passed it.

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11 hours ago, Jerseyfornia said:

I really like that piece and agree with almost everything you said, except the part about roads not having any identity or history. I disagree with that and I think the truest thing Bruce ever said about a road is "the highway is alive tonight."

I love the way some great roads give us a sense of where we are going especially the big roads leading into mountains ....in fact I love everything about roads...except the traffic!!!

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17 hours ago, Tom-Joad said:

 

Wester Stars seems to be a new take on this. Of course, the romantic notions are still there (see Hitchhiking) but on songs like Hello Sunshine, there’s something different there. Bruce has been hinting at this since he started introducing the acoustic version of Born to Run saying it’s not about “running and keep on running” but it was about going out there searching “for a connection”. Now, maybe for the first time (?), Bruce speaks of the road as a siren whose call can be very alluring but no less dangerous.

”You know I always like that empty road

Nowhere to be and miles to go

But miles to go is miles away”

 

Cautious Man from TOL was already grappling with this desire for the road and it's impact on connections

One night Billy awoke from a terrible dream calling his wife's name
She lay breathing beside him in a peaceful sleep, a thousand miles away
He got dressed in the moonlight and down to the highway he strode
When he got there he didn't find nothing but road

Billy felt a coldness rise up inside him that he couldn't name
Just as the words tattooed 'cross his knuckles he knew would always remain
At their bedside he brushed the hair from his wife's face as the moon shone on her skin so white
Filling their room in the beauty of God's fallen light

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Bosstralian said:

Cautious Man from TOL was already grappling with this desire for the road and it's impact on connections

One night Billy awoke from a terrible dream calling his wife's name
She lay breathing beside him in a peaceful sleep, a thousand miles away
He got dressed in the moonlight and down to the highway he strode
When he got there he didn't find nothing but road

Billy felt a coldness rise up inside him that he couldn't name
Just as the words tattooed 'cross his knuckles he knew would always remain
At their bedside he brushed the hair from his wife's face as the moon shone on her skin so white
Filling their room in the beauty of God's fallen light

 

 

 

Love this song! Especially the bit where that first verse you quoted, that last line about the road hits you like a punch in the stomach.

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