Born To Run (1975)

Bruce Springsteen

Born To Run
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“Born Too Late.” “Born On The Bayou.” “Born Under A Bad Sign.” “Born To Be Wild.” “Born To Kill.” “Born As Ghosts.” “Born To Boogie.”

Bruce took up the flag in 1975 with “Born To Run,” and then seized it again ten years after with “Born In The U.S.A.”

Off the album of the same name, “Born To Run,” is a big, bright chrome rockin’ machine. Three decades later it still feels futuristic, something akin to a dystopian movie like “The Road Warrior” of the Mad Max series.

Everything is out of control and only love can save a soul.

In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream 

At night we ride through the mansions
Of glory in suicide machines

Characters are “sprung from cages” while “hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard.” The heroes are all broken. There is madness, grief, more than a hint of violence in the hyped-up muscle music. It is surely night. A deep night.

The key moment comes when The Boss howls out the line:

I want to know if love is wild 
Babe I want to know if love is real 

Anyone who ever had a heart on fire knows the longing, knows the thrill.

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