ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
I am trying not to listen to either Letter or Ghosts again until we get the whole album. I have managed 5 days so far, so only another 10 to go...
This is the Bruce I know and love. It doesn't hurt that the ESB are on the top of their game.
A week later and I continue to blast this fabulous song multiple times every day.
If the rest of the album hits me even 10% as much this song has....we’re talking E Street Gold.
This damn song doesn't leave my head! 😅 For the last two days it's been on repeat in my phone. I absolutely love it.
I find the song uplifting, also. Although causing sweet pain, I also feel a direct kick in my ass each time I'm listening. Bruce is telling us how short life is, so let's not waste any time...
I agree and it's so hard not to think of this year as a year of wasted time.
Fantastic song. The video is great but makes me sad, it feels like a farewell. Sad because it's coming to an end, sad because I didn't get to experience most of it, but happy I got to experience some of it and got to see him in concert with my dad once, which was a night I'll never forget. Holding on to the faintest of hopes that I might be able to see him again at least one more time.
This one got me from first listen. It was the Youtube w/lyrics first...which is good, as I generally check out the 'sound' of a song before digging into the lyrics. Anyway - I 'got it' right away and applied the story in the song to my own life and loss of friends and family. Of course, when it comes to music and Bruce in particular that's gonna mean Miami MArk/Welby for me. So, yea a couple tears were shed that first listen and subsequent ones....but it was good tears. To me the song is celebrating the singers lost friends...missing them of course, but remembering the good stuff without it being a downer....quite the opposite....it's up-lifting.
So...for first time in many moons I was cranking this song up for multiple listens...about 6 times on ride home...with the windows open and the song loud. IMO this is one of Bruce's best songs in in many years. Not an epic or anything...but for the music alone this one is a stand out. I've probably listened to this song 25 times by now....it's that good.
I see a trend... With amazing endings. I think I noticed it first with Hello Sunshine last year. He stops singing and lets the music take over. It's perfect.
I'll post what I said over at the other place:
Wow! I just listened to it for the first time. I got shivers and started smiling during the first chorus and those shivers barely left me during the rest of the song...This is the Bruce I love the most! That chorus is one of his best and most soaring in ages! An instant modern day Bruce classic for me! I'm so happy that I really liked this!
If I were to nitpick I would want the song to end just before the la-la-la's though. I like that part in itself, but to me the song feels fulfilled already before that part starts. I think the 80's Bruce would've ended the song before that part, but this is 10's Bruce...Which is fine since the song is so great anyway. <3
Also: While I have nothing against Soozie Tyrell or strings in general, I'm so glad that we probably will mostly get piano, guitar and organ melodies this time around instead of something like the Lonesome day or Waitin' on a sunny day strings. They're beautiful too, but generally I kinda get tired of that type of sound more easily compared to piano or guitar melodies.
Give me two, three original Jake solos on top of all that and I'll be more than happy.
For obvious reasons, I hear Clarence in Jake and I miss Clarence so I appreciate Jake. He's done better than anyone expected in his uncle's spot on the stage so let's hear him rip something on record that is his, but still channels The Big Man.
If that sounds like I'm looking for ghosts, I blame Bruce Springsteen.
Dove into this sucker again last night, so much so that when I awoke this morning the chorus wouldn't leave my skull - good sign when a song gets so stuck like that. This song is a perfect example of when a song achieves supreme greatness nearing the end, it's almost astonishing just how good the latter part of the song is. Hearing this blasting on the radio or in the car driving I know for a fact will have some of my friends declaring Bruce as a pure Rock God, nothing less. Also, Letter To You played on repeat for a while last night too, the music is what is winning for me in these two songs, that and Bruce voice on Letter, so bloody strong.
"Think I'm going down to the well tonight and I'm gonna drink till I get my fill
And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it, but I probably will
Yeah just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory of
Well but time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but boring stories of
Bruce foreshadowed writing these songs 36 odd years ago.
These two songs make me appreciate Western Stars even more. There's just something about all of this new music that fills me with so much joy, and I can't wait to play "Letter To You", "Ghosts", "Tucson Train", "Sundown", those other delights we've had since last June as well as those we're getting on October 23rd during these cold, dark and dreary nights ahead.
Hell yes. Bring on the long winter!
I've only listened to it three or four times, yet I woke up this morning with the chorus sounding in my head. Great stuff.
Just as I logged in to this page the song came on the radio - so much for not listening to it. Wonder what the second hearing will be like. Does he vocalise with himself on the first verse? Just checked - no - that's what made it sound so flat first time round. Sounded better this time.
This song makes me feel so fucking good.
Also, these old bastards are still king.
"On a night when I needed to feel young again" he came out with this kind of music and I realized this feeling can be called up again.
When I see "the hair on my shoulders and the age in my eyes" to quote another song, it is priceless that his magic trick works. It works for me.
Regarding the video, as much fun as the glimpses of archival live footage in these Thom Zimny videos and docos are, is anyone else starting to get frustrated by that whole teasing gambit?
FFS, if you have it, just release it already. If sound and picture quality aren't quite up to the levels expected of a DVD / Blu Ray release, or the clips are not complete or whatever, put them out on You Tube.
There seems to be No Nukes footage in this video that isn't from the songs in the original NN movie... my God man, if you're sitting on decent quality footage of more of those shows, don't just slip 2 seconds of vision into a video clip. Let us see the real thing.
I've listened to "Ghosts" a couple of times now and I'm not that keen.
I'm clearly on my own here in finding it a bit depressing.
I'm alive and I'm out here on my own
I'm alive and I'm coming home
Sounds like it's lonely being the only one left alive, and he's looking forward to "coming home" aka dying. Sorry.
I don't like the la-la-las at the end either - I could see that going on for a boringly long time live.
"Tonight this fool's halfway to heaven and just a mile out of hell..."
In my interpretation "I'm alive and I'm coming home" is not him talking about dying. A grave or Heaven is not his home. Bruce says he's alive and that he - on the other side of this epidemic - will get back home on stage with The E Street Band!
@The Imposter He had dead people in their graves claiming to be alive in "We Are Alive" though. That song really gave me the creeps. I can't think of a worse nightmare than being buried alive, and then he had to finish it with by sampling "Ring Of Fire", of all things! Were they all burning in hell? What was he thinking!
I like the first two songs released from Letter to You than the first two from WS so I hope that bodes well for the whole album. But will it have the equivalent of the classics Moonlight Motel, WS and 'Orses.
Thumps up on this sucker. Not in a lyrical sense really, not sure they do much for me at this point, but the beautiful melodies and the hooks-a-plenty with a great chorus are enough for me - it's gonna sound damn fine when I'm in an altered state and crank it as loud as I can.
It seems that most people are satisfied! This song has reached me a lot. You have shared interesting analyzes, and I think that in the end it is summarized in a tree from which many branches emerge: mortality. The mortality of yourself, of your friends, of the music you love, of the bands ... But it is not a sad song. It is as if he were saying: "Hey, our time is limited and many of ours are gone. But now we are alive! Alive and accompanied by all those who visit us in dreams. And, in the end, life is not like a dream? "It can be, so just sing along and create a bit of the timeless magic of love and R&R." That is what it transmits to me. And how wonderful to see Max in the backing vocals!