Born to Run

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs round these velvet rims
and strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap
We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
`Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta find out how it feels
I want to know if love is wild, girl I want to know if love is real

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody's out on the run tonight but there's no place left to hide
Together Wendy we'll live with the sadness
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I don't know when we're gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run
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Notes

One of Bruce's anthems. In 1995 it was voted "the number one pop song of all time" by Times Magazine and BBC Radio 1.

Live history

"Born to Run" has been performed live a total of 1634 times.
First known performance:
1974-05-09, Cambridge, MA
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle Tour
Last known performance:
2018-12-08, New York, NY
Springsteen on Broadway

Release history

Total releases: 24
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, single, 1975-08-29
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, album, 1975-09-01
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live 1975-85, live, 1986-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen, Chimes of Freedom, maxisingle, 1988
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Bruce Springsteen, Greatest Hits, compilation, 1995-02-28
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Bruce Springsteen, Video Anthology 1978-2000, movie, 2001
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, live, 2001-04-03
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, movie, 2001-11-06
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in Barcelona, movie, 2003
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Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, compilation, 2003-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition, rerelease, 2005-11-15
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Hammersmith Odeon, London, '75, live, 2006-02-28
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Greatest Hits, compilation, 2009-01-13
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Greatest Hits, compilation, 2009-06-01
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, London Calling: Live in Hyde Park, movie, 2010-06-22
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Various artists, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert, various artists, 2010-09-28
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Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, rerelease, 2010-11-16
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Bruce Springsteen, Collection 1973-2012, compilation, 2013-03-12
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, rerelease, 2014-11-17
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Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition), compilation, 2015-10-16
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Bruce Springsteen, The Ties that Bind: The River Collection, rerelease, 2015-12-04
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Bruce Springsteen, Chapter and Verse, compilation, 2016-09-23
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 2, rerelease, 2018-05-18
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Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen on Broadway, live, 2018-12-14