Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tramps Like Us, Baby We Were Born to Runnnnnn – “Born to Run” hits #23 on the charts.

Today in 1975, Bruce Springsteen’s anthem “Born to Run” hit #23 on the charts. Bruce and his infamous E Street Band released the album of the same name on September 6th, and it quickly earned rave reviews. On October 27th, Springsteen appeared simultaneously on the covers of both Time and Newsweek reflecting the commercial and critical success of his latest album, which rocketed to the #3 position on the album chart. Each song on the album was meticulously crafted to shape the narrative of the album as a whole. Born to Run was full of emotions that would come to define Springsteen’s career including desperation, elation, and disillusionment. Springsteen is considered one of the great American songwriters and he frequently explores the meaning of American life, including the idea of the American dream. No where is this more evident than in the lyrics of “Born to Run” when he seems to speak for a generation, “In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream.”

Read more about Bruce Springsteen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Enjoy this classic performance of “Born to Run” from 1975.

[Image via Rock107]

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