This song is becoming my obsession. The guitar solo, the precise and powerful drumming. The abrupt ending. Twice. Three times? I'm loving every bit of this song, it's so energetic, it shreds.
Lyrics. Puzzling enough to make this song even more provocative. Zero's my number, time is my hunter - sounds like a translation from Sioux and I believe it to be the name of the narrator, the first line is his introduction.
The song is about a relationship with a woman that shouldn't have occurred. Why? Who knows. There are borders and flames, black prayers, she set him on fire... I can feel the eroticism and the tension, so I assume this is not a conventional relationship. It's the kind you are willing to bleed for.
Sheets stained with sweat, outside the endless rain
Darling I'm blessed in your blood and marked by Cain
At one time I was thinking he was describing his woman giving birth.
Anyway, I'm confused and this is good.
I love this song ... The part about: set me on fire is wonderful! I only have one problem with it, the solo seems unoriginal to me and reminds me of Long Walk Home.
I keep listening to Burnin' Train and logged it in under the heading of life, sex and rock'n'roll. I have now read somewhere that he harks back to "Living Proof" (exactly what I was hearing all along, even if it took me some time to place it) and Dylan's Series of Dreams. That would mean it is actually an old song, at least the roots of it?
No matter, I can't get enough of it.
Maybe this song was written while Patti was going through menopause....
It just jumps out of the speakers like no other studio cut in the Springsteen canon. I'm sure if you breakdown stuff to beats per minute or similar, other songs eclipse it (You Can Look certainly for one). But this just sounds like the most searing studio E Street recording ever to my ears. Finally, the essence of live stuff like the 78 tour versions of Prove It and BTN has been captured in a studio.
Yes, I have been swept away by the riffs and been puzzling about the lyrics. I can see no explanation but a sexual context and still I cannot fathom all the meaning.
I have to admit, I simply love the song.
It's an absolute banger. I love it!
No idea what's been happening, but it reminds me of 'Take 'em As They Come'.
They sound like victims rather than perpetrators. Marked BY Cain - marked by a murderer - not the same as the mark OF Cain.