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Posted: 30 Dec 09, 08:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always liked "What Love Can Do" and "Good Eye" the most.  To date and
to my knowledge, both songs only were performed once each.
"Kingdom Of Days" seemed so out of place in concert.  I appreciate the song,
the sentiment, but it is almost borderline "preachy."
Why "Life Itself", although released as a video single, never got performed
in concert is anyone's guess..
...too technically challenging for the mighty E Street Band?
"The Last Carnival", if/should Springsteen "go it alone" aka solo tour,
perhaps we will hear this song live sans the song ending gospel singing?  I
do like the gospel but I do think a more personal approach, just Bruce
w/piano or guitar alone would make a wonderful ode to Danny Federici (RIP).
"My Lucky Day"..hmmm is it me and my several copies of this song (over the
last year or so)?  I refer to the extremely loud drum intro (I love it that
way, nice and loud) that begins the song but quickly gets squashed to be
quieter.  In fact, every song seems to do that but "My Lucky Day" in
particular.  I've played it exclusively in WinAMP and I have not "checked
off" a volume limiter anywhere, nor (I think) does WinAMP have that feature.
"Working On A Dream" the song, well as you probably know, needed a before
and after song in concert to make it work.  "Badlands" into "WOAD" was such
a momentum killer..."Hungry Heart" consistently was performed before "WOAD"
during the later part of the "complete album" tour and tail end of "WOAD"
tour and apparently was the only song that (imho) worked.  I write that for
primarily it was the piano of "Hungry Heart", so prominent in the song and
the intro to "WOAD" w/the piano that was almost seemless.
Regarding "Surprise Surprise"......great song!  It does work in concert but
I have to admit, it's a (for lack of better words) weird song, don't get me
wrong, a birthday song is great.
I've always thought Springsteen & E Street would stay far, far away from
backing tracks, but it is quite evident that "Outlaw Pete" needed one, for
the harmonica that comes and goes while Bruce sings sometimes in the
beginning..

Lyrically, "Working On ADream", the whole release, all songs as a whole is
outstanding but as someone else stated before, (and I agree), Springsteen
would serve the fans (including me) far better with a straight out, bare
bones rock and roll release.
 

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Posted: 30 Dec 09, 08:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

bruce springsteen cant write a good song to save his life

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Posted: 30 Dec 09, 18:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



 



 



Karmablade wrote:



 



bruce springsteen cant write a good song to save his life



 


Karmablade:  Read 'em and weep! (I dare you to find a better song by someone similar to Bruce!)

"Jungleland" from "Born To Run"  1975




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

Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids round here look just like shadows always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand down in Jungleland

The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
Man there's an opera out on the Turnpike
There's a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night
The street's alive as secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they vanished unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted explode into rock'n'roll bands
That face off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland

In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing to the records that the D.J. plays
Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
Desperate as the night moves on, just a look and a whisper, and they're gone

Beneath the city two hearts beat
Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked
In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender in the tunnels uptown
The Rat's own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light

Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between flesh and what's fantasy and the poets down here
Don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland




Copyright © Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)








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Posted: 30 Dec 09, 20:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So tell me, when does Bruce's restraining order against you expire, Mahler?


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Anyone notice that the word "unbalanced" and "inu-luger" are practically next to each other?

Get back on your lithium, thorazine, depakote and put away "mary palm and her 5 fingers" for a bit there inu,


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Posted: 31 Dec 09, 00:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Springsteen: Great artist, horrible interview.  I'd crawl over broken glass to see him live, but I can't stand to listen to him talk for more than 30 seconds.  He'd annoy the poo out of me in real life, and we would never be friends.  I'd be like "Oh hell, look, it's Bruce.  Duck in here and don't make eye contact."

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Posted: 31 Dec 09, 07:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I normally like the Boss quite a lot, but, apart from a few brilliant exceptions, "Working on a Dream" struck me as tediously repetitive. Bruce has discovered a 'new' melodic phrase, used in the opening song, and re-used as main hook in all other songs bar three. That is not a good thing at all.



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