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I've had this song playing in my head every time I wake up and go to sleep. Slowly realising it's become one of my favourite songs of his. It's just perfect. (Honorary shout out to Valentine's Day, which shares an incredibly similar love from me)

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56 minutes ago, BobbyJames said:

I've had this song playing in my head every time I wake up and go to sleep. Slowly realising it's become one of my favourite songs of his. It's just perfect. (Honorary shout out to Valentine's Day, which shares an incredibly similar love from me)

Obligatory post of the definitive live version


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Perhaps someone find this interesting.

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Little Eden, as it is presented for us by the Hero who speaks in 4th of
July, Asbury Park (Sandy), is above all a world of motion: the
fireworks are hailin’, forcin’ a light, the switch-blade lovers are so
fast, the wizards play, the boys from the casino dance and chace girls,
the aurora is rising, the greasers tramp the streets or get busted. The
Hero describes this world for his Muse, Sandy, and declares that for
him, this boardwalk life is throuh, and tells her: ”You ought to quit
this scene too”. But why does he want to leave Little Eden? Well, he
tell her, that he just got tired of ”hangin’ in them dusty arcades
bangin’ them pleasure machines”, of ”chasin’ the factory girls” for
carnal pleasures, and that ”the girl I was seeing lost her desire for
me”. We see, that also his life was a life in motion, he was a
integrated part of Little Eden. But he got tired of banging them
pleasure machines – tired of the non-creativity of pinball machines or
carnal pleasures, tired of all free replays. In Robert J. Urban’s essay
”Gambling Today via the ”Free Replay” Pinball Machine” from 1958, an
interesting discussion concerning the legislation up to that year in
USA refering to the pinball machine, we can read the following: ”The
social policy behind the anti-gambling laws opposes any means of
eliciting the gambling instinct in man so as to involv him in that
uproductive enterprise with its usual criminal connotations”. The
important world her is of course ”unpoductive”. Robert J. Urban can not
accept, that young people escape to Little Eden for a life outside the
alienating life in industry, and in his paper he tries to clear out the
notion of free replay that the pinball industry inventet to be able to
exclude their machines from the legislation of gambling machines, and
in that way help the legislators to eleminate also the free replay
machines. But the Hero do not want to re-turn to the alienated world
outside Little Eden. But then again, he want to escape the un-
productive that is one with Little Eden. He has the hard way found,
that even if he by skill can exclude chance when he plays pinn ball,
there is even in Little Eden a reality that you can not control. In
this world of motion and pleasure-seeking without productivity you can
do nothing, but you are the object for things that happens to you: the
greasers gert busted for sleeping on the beach and Madame Marie get
busted for tellin’ fortunes of the wrong sort. And last night, he tell
Sandy, ”my shirt got caught (to that tilt-a-whirl down on the south
beach drag), and they kept me spinning...” And the girl he was seeing,
well she lost her desire for him. And the Hero surely is true when he
to Sandy says: ”Oh, love me tonight, for I may never see you again”,
but surely, since chance is always possible, he can not believe his own
words when he say: ” Oh, love me tonight and I promise I’ll love you
forever”, and so he must add: ”Oh, I mean it, Sandy, girl”, and again:
” Yeah, I promise, Sandy, girl”. He can not believe it himself. Little
Eden, a kind of not really fulfilled hedonistic paradise, has its
snake: impoductivity and chance. For to be able to produce, you got to
have something that you want to change, and can change, something that
not is in constant flux, you must  be able to have a goal, that you
want to realise, there must be something real that you can change by
realizing your goal. In Little Eden there is no such reality, and the
Hero must in the end therefore ask himself: Oh, what can i (really) do
(in Little Eden)? And he know the answer: Nothing. But then he
realises, that he all the time has had that reality agains which he can
set up a goal; in Little Eden he had no goal, outside Little Eden, in
the world represented by for example Robert J. Urban, a world we can
call the Djungelland, his goal is always sombody elses goal; he now
wants to find a world in wich he can realise his own goal; that world
is The Promised Land. So his now found goal is to run away from, not
Little Eden, since he left that world when he found his own goal, but
from Djungelland, to The Promised Land.

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