I finally bought a copy of Rolling Stone’s Collectors Edition Magazine…”Bruce-His 100 Greatest Songs.” Well actually, my husband Tom bought it for me. Yes, he enables my obsession!
The magazine is absolutely fantastic. I can’t put it down. Rolling Stone pulled out interviews from their archives…just incredible articles from the past four decades. There’s a Springsteen Trivia Quiz at the end of the issue that’s especially fun and fabulous. 53 questions about Bruce and the Band. Of course, I passed with an A+. Only one wrong!!! and it wasn’t even a question about Bruce! Who knew that Patti briefly dated Tom Cruise???? WOW! I obviously didn’t!!! Still an A+ for me. Seriously, did you expect anything else from LeeLee???
So, to the point of the special issue…Bruce’s 100 Greatest Songs. It’s a powerful list although I’d make just some minor edits. As for some editing, instead of Top 100, I’d love to unveil LeeLee’s Top 5.
1) Born to Run
I mean really!!!! The song is absolute perfection. I still can’t believe that Bruce was only 24 when he wrote this masterpiece. Just mind blowing! When it comes to meaningful thoughts about Born to Run, The Boss says it best: “I had these enormous ambitions for it. I wanted to make the greatest rock record that I’d ever heard. I wanted it to sound enormous, to grab you by your throat and insist that you take that ride, insist that you pay attention- not just to the music, but to life, to being alive.”
Truly a rock anthem! “I believe in the faith that can save me, I believe and I hope and I pray that someday it will raise me above these Badlands”. Badlands holds a very special place in my heart. My second child, Anthony James, was born with Badlands as the background music. Surprised I brought music into the delivery room? Hello…die hard BRUCE FANATIC!
3) Thunder Road
Bruce claims Thunder Road suggests ” a new day, something opening up”. To me Thunder Road suggests hope and possibility. “These two lanes will take us anywhere”. Yet, Thunder Road reminds us that it takes drive, ambition, patience, and hard work to travel on Thunder Road. “The door’s open but the ride ain’t free”.
So far, my top three match identically with Rolling Stone’s top 3. Now for the slight edit.
4) Darkness on the Edge of Town
There’s one specific lyric in this amazing song that speaks volumes to me. My favorite line is ” Cut it loose or it’ll drag you down”. In Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce is telling me to let it go! and pull myself together! He’s telling me to get out of that dark place that’s dragging me down. Once again, in Bruce’s own words: “Darkness on the Edge of Town dealt with the idea that the setting for a personal transformation is often found at the end of your rope.”
This epic song is my way of holding onto the memory of Clarence Clemons. The Big Man will always be my favorite member of the E Street Band. His spectacular saxophone solo defines the song and makes it magical and spiritual. Thank God Bruce was obsessive compulsive until every single note was perfect. The famous 16 hour recording fit for the sax solo alone was well worth it! The Big Man himself claimed “that solo sounds like love”.
Love indeed! An everlasting love for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!