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Bar the obvious .... Bruce's best lyrics

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American land is absolutely brilliant . 

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Unsatisfied Heart and Richfield Whistle - two great story songs.

 

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Black Cowboys and Brothers Under The Bridge stand out for me.

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Missing. (For the movie The Crossing Guard)

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Most of the Nebraska album..Mansion on the Hill, HighwayPatrolman, Open All Night, My Father’s House. Other than that, Downbound Train and Lost in the Flood are also brilliant.

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Racing in the street

Matamoros banks

Across the border 

Open all night 

Long walk home 

 

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 'The Losin' Kind' is punctuated by subtle moments of quiet brilliance.

Every line builds on small moments and inward feelings, which lead to the sad inevitability of the lead character's surrender to fate.

The ominous warning: "it was there in the heart of Wilsonville where I met my fate."

The seduction: "I pulled her close, she didn't mind." (One of my very favourite Springsteen couplets. Admit it boys, that little moment in the pursuit when you know - is always intoxicating). "and what I knew kinda slipped my mind." (oh yeah, which often leads to that moment if only)……..

The moment: "It was there I hit that guy too hard but I knew when I hit him for a second time."

The kick in the guts: "Well sir I'll think that one over if you don't mind, Now luck ain't much good to you when it's the losing kind."

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The lyrics of 'Drive All Night' get to me every time with these in particular:

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Cause you've got, you've got, you've got, you've got my love, you've got my love
Through the wind, through the rain, the snow, the wind, the rain
You've got, you've got my, my love heart and soul

 

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some of his greatest lyrics are on the trilogy,,,

 

Long Time Comin'...springs to mind.

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13 hours ago, Accountant Pete said:

The New Timer. GOTJ is a masterpiece.

 

And that song,  would be in my all time top 10.....as rightly indicated a total masterpiece. of which the New Timer is the standout moment

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Dead Man Walking. 

Simple.  Haunting.  Not a word wasted.

There's a pale horse coming
And I'm gonna ride it.
I'll rise in the morning
My fate decided.
I'm a dead man walking
I'm a dead man walking.

In Saint James Parish
I was born and christened,
Now I've got my story
Mister, ain't no need for you to listen.
It's just a dead man talking.

Once I had a job, I had a girl.
Between our dreams and actions lies this world.

In the deep forest
Their blood and tears rushed over me,
All I could feel was the drugs and the shotgun
And my fear up inside me
Like a dead man talking.

'Neath the summer sky my eyes went black,
Sister, I won't ask for forgiveness:  my sins are all I have.

Now the clouds above my prison
Move slowly across the sky.
There's a new day coming
And my dreams are full tonight.

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"Monday, I go to work
Tuesday, can't find my shirt
Wednesday, I'm feelin' blue
I'm helpless, darlin'
Without you

Without you"

Springsteen really nails the potential struggles of the opening three days of the week in this seminal track from 1995, "Without You". 17 years prior he'd sang about his dad going to work, but now he must also face that task. And while his da would find trouble getting the car to start on a morning, Bruce finds himself inconvenienced by the misplacing of his work shirt. His work shirt of all things! Can't go to work without that, can you ha ha?

And of course Wednesday comes around and he's finding himself on the brink of a mental breakdown brought upon by the loss a loved one - who hasn't had one of those Wednesday morning?

These lyrics are just a taster for more impressive lyricism to come too.

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The Wrestler. Especially the lines

Then you've seen me, I always leave with less than I had before 
Then you've seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor

As well as

These things that have comforted me, I drive away 
This place that is my home I cannot stay 
My only faith's in the broken bones and bruises I display 

 

The only place where Rourke’s character has any success is in the ring. He pushes the people he loves in his life away but when he wrestles, he feels at home. The song was robbed of an Oscar nom.

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Racing in the Street and Darkness...

Hits me where I live.

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13 minutes ago, Buddhabone said:

Racing in the Street and Darkness...

In no way meant to be offensive, absolutely, absolutely not, but with the title 'bar the obvious' it seems the OP wanted to give especially attention to (the lyrics of) some often-overlooked songs, or how you would call it (post-Tunnel songs?).

But then, what for some is obvious, could for others be in their opinion an overlooked gem. And nothing wrong with personal opinions.

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21 hours ago, Tanqueray&Wine said:

 'The Losin' Kind' is punctuated by subtle moments of quiet brilliance.

Every line builds on small moments and inward feelings, which lead to the sad inevitability of the lead character's surrender to fate.

The ominous warning: "it was there in the heart of Wilsonville where I met my fate."

The seduction: "I pulled her close, she didn't mind." (One of my very favourite Springsteen couplets. Admit it boys, that little moment in the pursuit when you know - is always intoxicating). "and what I knew kinda slipped my mind." (oh yeah, which often leads to that moment if only)……..

The moment: "It was there I hit that guy too hard but I knew when I hit him for a second time."

The kick in the guts: "Well sir I'll think that one over if you don't mind, Now luck ain't much good to you when it's the losing kind."

This is why we need Nebraska box set !

Brilliant writting

I love this song 

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5 hours ago, Paolo's Circus Story said:

"Monday, I go to work
Tuesday, can't find my shirt
Wednesday, I'm feelin' blue
I'm helpless, darlin'
Without you

Without you"

Springsteen really nails the potential struggles of the opening three days of the week in this seminal track from 1995, "Without You". 17 years prior he'd sang about his dad going to work, but now he must also face that task. And while his da would find trouble getting the car to start on a morning, Bruce finds himself inconvenienced by the misplacing of his work shirt. His work shirt of all things! Can't go to work without that, can you ha ha?

And of course Wednesday comes around and he's finding himself on the brink of a mental breakdown brought upon by the loss a loved one - who hasn't had one of those Wednesday morning?

These lyrics are just a taster for more impressive lyricism to come too.

Always wish i had a recording of that

Better be on tracks 2 !

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