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"You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames."

Not my single favorite line because I have hundreds but Bruce's recent openness about his struggle with mental illness - and his youthful failure to understand his father's sickness - gives these lines a painful gravity. They feel more real than just about anything I've ever heard.

Jimmy James referenced Bruce's line from the Western Stars film "if I loved you, I would hurt you." Combine that with "Look dad, that guy on stage - that's how I see you" from Broadway. The picture is fully in focus now. We know what the sins are, and the flames.

"My father was my hero...and my greatest foe."

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"And your in love with all the wonder it brings, and every muscle in your body sings as the highway ignites..."

The joy of being young and free summed up in one line.

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I can see Daisey and janeymarywendy have already raided Long Time Comin’ which is a treasure trove of lyrical brilliance.

Of those not posted yet, I love the poetry of “Them smokestacks reaching like the arms of god into a beautiful sky of soot and clay”

I'm having some trouble at home at the moment and this line keeps coming up, like a warning not to fall into a coldness of heart.

"When the promise is broken
You go on living, but it steals something from down in your soul
Like when the truth is spoken, and it don't make no difference
Something in your heart turns cold."

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“But just across the county line a stranger passing through put up a sign

That counts the men who’ve fallen away to the Price you pay.

And girl before the end of the day I’ m gonna tear it down and throw it away”

Said it before: this line was one of the first that hit me between the eyes as a young Bruce fan starting out on the back catalog journey.

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I have many, many verses that come straight to my head. My favourite ones depend on the day, on the mood, on what's going on in my life. I've been listening to a lot of Tunnel Of Love lately, since that's where my mind has been in the last few months. This album has always been one of my all time favourites, and I think it has some of Bruce's greatest songwriting moments ever. Unfortunately (I think), I now understand what Bruce meant when he sang:

"Nobody knows baby where love goes
But when it goes it's gone gone
And when you're alone you're alone
"

I'm not sure if there's a better line to sum up what it feels to be in this particular situation, at least the way I see it. You're left with nothing but yourself and your insecurities, your fears and your own loneliness. Does anybody know where love goes, except that when it goes it's gone? I'm not sure, but I do know this is definitely one of my favourite lines ever.

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Had to find my own Long Time Comin' moment:

"Reach beneath your shirt, put my hand across your belly and feel another one kicking inside.

I ain't gonna fuck it up this time."

Cue tears of fatherly joy and hope.

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-Tonight my baby and me, we’re going to ride to the sea, and wash these sins from our hands

-And girl before the end of the day, I’m gonna tear it down and blow it awaaaaaaaay

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The book of love holds its rules; Disobeyed by fools.  Disobeyed by fools. 

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Oh man, there's so damb many I'd like to heap praises on and I'm bound to forget a few. Some of these have been brought up before...

'Tunnel of Love' has two lines that just get to me everytime:

Then the lights go out and it's just the three of us, yeah, you and me and all that stuff we're so scared of

and 

Well, it ought to be easy ought to be simple enough, yeah, man meets woman and they fall in love
but the house is haunted and the ride gets rough, you've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above

I'm a huge fan of the TOL album. I think it features some of his strongest lyrics, like:

Tonight our bed is cold, I'm lost in the darkness of our love, god have mercy on a man who doubts what he's sure of

and 

At their bedside he brushed the hair from his wife's face as the moon shone on her skin so white
filling their room with the beauty of god's fallen light

Nebraska is my favorite Bruce album, it's the album that made me a fan. I think a big reason for that was the incredible songwriting and the way he tells a story like: 

Well I chased him through them county roads, till a sign said "Canadian border five miles from here"
I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his taillights disappear

and

I saw her standin' on her front lawn just twirlin' her baton
me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died

Those are just examples from my two favorite Bruce albums. I really could go on and on but this post is too long already. As someone who writes too, I'm in awe of Bruce's way with words. He's a big influence.

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When the promise was broken I was far away from home sleeping in the backseat of a borrowed car

 

Sent shivers down my spine when I heard it

He doesn't sing it anymore

The Promise used to be about the inner feelings of a younger man, which I was when I saw him play it

He stopped singing it in 1978, should have honored it and left it as it was

 

 

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On 11/29/2019 at 4:01 PM, MacBruce said:

"And your in love with all the wonder it brings, and every muscle in your body sings as the highway ignites..."

The joy of being young and free summed up in one line.

That was the first Springsteen song I ever heard, 1975 riding to school in my 68 Mustang

And your in love with all the wonder it brings

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On 11/28/2019 at 7:14 PM, HeroOfVirtue said:

"You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames."

 

 

Daddy Raised A Cain 

before he overdubbed the album lyrics 4 months later

 

Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
Now he haunts these empty rooms rattling these chains
You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames

 

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Let there be sunshine, let there be rain, let the broken-hearted love again... :wub:

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I've always had a soft spot for these "Open all night" lines:

"Fried chicken on the front seat, she's sittin' in my lap,

We're wipin' our fingers on a Texaco road map""

and

"Radio's jammed up with gospel stations

Lost souls callin' long distance salvation"

because they are simply perfect.

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"In a world of doubt and fear, I wake at night and reach to find you near, lost in a dream you caught me as I fell, I want more than just a dream to tell"

And this from an outtake song...

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7 minutes ago, MacBruce said:

"In a world of doubt and fear, I wake at night and reach to find you near, lost in a dream you caught me as I fell, I want more than just a dream to tell"

And this from an outtake song...

disk 4 is my favourite 

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I think this is one of his best songs

 

Last night I heard her voice
You were crying, crying, you were so alone
You said your love had never died
And you were waiting for me at home
Well I put on my jacket, I ran through the woods
I ran till I thought my chest would explode
There in the clearing, beyond the highway
In the moonlight, our wedding house shone
I rushed through the yard, I burst through the front door
And then up the stairs I climbed
The room was dark, our bed was empty
And then I heard that long whistle whine
And then I dropped to my knees, hung my head and cried

Well now I swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang
Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
Sometimes don't it feel like you're a rider, baby, on a downbound train

 

Jan 3, 1982 Nebraska version

courtesy of springsteenlyrics.com

 

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