So over on the r/BruceSpringsteen Discord u/Ragamuffingunner wrote about how these songs trace Bruce's relationship with his father, I thought it was really awesome and then thought it'd be cool to do it with live performances, especially those that have monologues. Adam Raised a Cain is the confrontation with his father, Independance Day is the departure, My Father's House is the realisation that it's too late to recover what's lost, Living Proof is Bruce realising that its maybe not too late for him and then Long Time Comin' is the "I ain't gonna fuck it up".
Adam Raised a Cain Live at The Roxy: I'd say this is the most raw and angry performance of this song which really captures the idea of that confrontation between Bruce and his father
Independance Day Live Nassau 29th December: imo this is the best performance of this song, it's so emotional. The opening monologue doesn't totally relate to his dad and the idea of this departure but Bruce talks about living in a small town and how big things can seem scary. Even here though, you can hear Bruce beginning to understand why his father is the way he is. The outro is really the emotional kicker though, "why can't you just say goodbye...after all this time...I wanna know why you can't just say it...why won't you look at me...why can't you just look at me."
My Father's House Christic: This performance really speaks to the idea of the it being too late to recover something that is lost. Prior to the performance Bruce talks about how for a long time he was driving past old houses he lived in and his therapist says how he's trying to go back to fix something. Just before Bruce starts playing he says "that is what I was doing...but you can't."
Living Proof MTV Plugged Show: I'm going with this performance because I haven't heard too many of this song. I love what u/ragamuffingunner said about the opening guitar riff being so menacing but comforting, like a father, who knows if Bruce meant that but it's great. I feel like the song builds to this huge emotional catharsis that just explodes at the end as the synths and guitar rage in the outpouring of emotion and final understanding.
Long Time Comin' Broadway: I believe this is one of Bruce's most personal performances, he bares his soul here as he's taken away by his own words to the point of tears. It feels like Bruce and his father have reached this mutual understanding as Bruce's father petitions him to be an ancestor in his and his childs life and tries to prepare him for this new chapter.
I mixed these tracks into one file, I hope you enjoy it!
Wow. Great posts you two.
Great selection of songs, thanks for posting. I would have included Detroit 88 Walk Like A Man, and possibly Used Cars.