Bruce Springsteen’s 10 best songs – Happy 68th Birthday Bruuuuuce (videos & spotify playlist)





Well now I’m no hero
That’s understood
All the redemption I can offer, girl
Is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now?
Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow
Back your hair
Well the nights busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere

Bruce is one of our greatest heroes. He’s still a rather young guy, and a celebration is due when he turns 68..

Here is my list of his 10 best songs.

1. Thunder Road

The screen door slams
Marys dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
Roy orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that’s me and I want you only

Live London 75:

Live 1976:

1. Prove It All Night

I’ve been working real hard, trying to get my hands clean,
Tonight we’ll drive that dusty road from
Monroe to Angeline,
To buy you a gold ring and pretty dress of blue,
Baby just one kiss will get these things for you,
A kiss to seal our fate tonight,
A kiss to prove it all night.

Live 1978 (Passaic, NJ):

Live New York City – 2000:

2. 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
Its a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Live 84/85:

3. Racing In The Street

I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
She’s waiting tonight down in the parking lot
Outside the Seven-Eleven store
Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch
And he rides with me from town to town
We only run for the money got no strings attached
We shut `em up and then we shut `em down
Tonight tonight the strip’s just right
I wanna blow `em off in my first heat
Summer’s here and the time is right
We’re goin’ racin’ in the street

Live 78 Houston:

4. Jungleland

The rangers had a homecoming in harlem late last night
And the magic rat drove his sleek machine over the jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a dodge
Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The rat pulls into town rolls up his pants
Together they take a stab at romance and disappear down flamingo lane

Madison Square Garden, NYC – 2009:




5. The Promise

Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown
Terry works in a rock and roll band
Lookin’ for that million-dollar sound I got a little job down in Darlington But some nights I don’t go
Some nights I go to the drive-in, or some nights I stay home
I followed that dream just like those guys do up on the screen
And I drive a Challenger down Route 9 through the dead ends and all the bad scenes
When the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my dreams

@ the Carousel House, Asbury Park, NJ 2010:

6. Atlantic City

Well, they blew up the chicken man in philly last night
Now, they blew up his house, too
Down on the boardwalk they’re gettin ready for a fight
Gonna see what them racket boys can do

Now, there’s trouble bustin in from outta state
And the d.a. can’t get no relief
Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade
And the gamblin commissions hangin on by the skin of his teeth

at Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden on May 28, 1993:

 

7. Lost In The Flood

The ragamuffin gunner is returnin’ home like a hungry runaway
He walks through town all alone
He must be from the fort he hears the high school girls say
His countryside’s burnin’ with wolfman fairies dressed in drag for homicide
The hit and run, plead sanctuary, `neath a holy stone they hide
They’re breakin’ beams and crosses with a spastic’s reelin’ perfection
Nuns run bald through Vatican halls pregnant, pleadin’ immaculate conception

Metlife stadium 2012 New Jersey:

8. The Promised Land

On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert
I pick up my money and head back into town
Driving cross the Waynesboro county line
I got the radio on and I’m just killing time
Working all day in my daddy’s garage
Driving all night chasing some mirage
Pretty soon little girl I’m gonna take charge

The dogs on Main Street howl `cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land

Landover, Maryland on November 24/1980

9. State Trooper

New jersey turnpike, ridin on a wet night `neath the refinrys glow
Out where the great black rivers flow
License, registration: I aint got none
But I got a clear conscience `bout the things that I done

Mister state trooper, please don’t stop me
Please don’t stop me, please don’t stop me
Maybe you got a kid, maybe you got a pretty wife
The only thing that I gots been bothrin me my whole life
Mister state trooper, please don’t stop me
Please don’t stop me, please don’t stop me

Phillipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany 2005:

10. Point Blank (78-version)

Do you still say your prayers little darling, do you go to bed at night
Praying that tomorrow everything will be alright
But tommorow’s fall in number, in number one by one
You wake up and you’re dying, you don’t even know what from

Well, they shot you point blank
You been shot in the back, baby, point blank
You been fooled this time, little girl, that’s a fact
Right between the eyes, baby, point blank
Right between the pretty lies that they tell

Houston 78:

Spotify Playlist:

-Egil

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