Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

September 12, 2021

Today’s song of the day is a signature pop/rock song, “Born to Run,” by Bruce Springsteen. It was his third studio album in a bid to go mainstream. So go ahead, strike a Springsteen pose and rock & roll away.

Fun Facts

  • Springsteen dreamt of the title in late 1973.
  • It is a love letter to Wendy but is a metaphor for escaping the lifestyle of working-class Americans.
  • Its mature style ensured Springsteen’s longevity in the industry.
  • It was recorded at 914 Sound Studio, New York on 8 January 1974
  • It took about 14 months to record and was released by Columbia Records on 25 August 1975.
  • Springsteen could not explain the “sounds in [his] head” to anyone.
  • Jon Landau produced the album, and the band was the E Street Band.
  • There are two tracks, “Born to Run” and “Meeting Across the River.”
  • The original release does not have a music video.
  • The cover art is R&R’s music’s most recognizable image.
  • Springsteen was promoted as the Future of rock & roll, which he hated.
  • It reached No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Springsteen’s first worldwide single release.
  • Springsteen has sold 9.1 million albums.
  • It is played at most of Springsteen’s non-solo concerts since 1975 with the house lights on.
  • It is No.18 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and No.8 on its “100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years”
  • It’s featured in The Office, Blinded by Light, Futurama, and the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Lyrics

(Genius)

In the day, we sweat it out on 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

Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back

It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rrap

We gotta get out while we’re young

‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Yes, girl, we were

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

Oh, will you walk with me out on the wire?

‘Cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider

But I gotta know hot it feels

I want to know if love is wild, babe

I want to know if love is real

Oh, can you show me?

[Saxophone Solo]

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

(1, 2, 3, 4) The highways 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 can live with the sadness

I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul

Oh, 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

Oh honey, tramps like us

Baby, we were born to run

Come on with me, tramps like us

Baby, we were born to run

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