Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen can wax poetic like few others. The lyrics to this song bear this out. The intro riff gets the blood pumping. Everyone loves the countdown towards the end 1, 2, 3, 4! Springsteen played this for the first time on May 9, 1974 when he opened for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square. Allan Clarke from The Hollies released a cover version a year before Springsteen released his. This was the first song Springsteen wrote for a studio production, rather than a live performance. In the liner notes to his Greatest Hits album, Springsteen wrote: “My shot at the title. A 24 yr. old kid aimin’ at ‘The greatest rock ‘n roll record ever.’” He was referring to the entire album of Born to Run. Of course the staple to this album, which sold over 6 million copies, was the single Born to Run.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He spent his childhood and high school years in Freehold Borough. He completed high school, but felt so uncomfortable that he skipped his own graduation ceremony. He briefly attended Ocean County College, but dropped out. I suppose we can call him the Gates or Zuckerberg of Rock and Roll.
Live it LOUD!