Forty years ago Bruce Springsteen graced our ears with the drum-pounding anthem “Born To Run”.
The title track was released before the album which was going to be a make-it-or-break-it situation for The Boss. Up to this point his musical career had been a mere “meh”. The song “Born To Run”, along with the rest of the critically acclaimed album, changed everything for Bruce Springsteen and his fellow E Streeters.
Before the end of 1975 the release of the album would even have two of the nation’s top-selling magazines practically fighting over a Springsteen feature. The simple solution was to have Springsteen appear on the covers of both Newsweek and Time in the same week.
“Born To Run” is my absolute favorite Springsteen song. With this tune The Boss takes us along for a ride (with Wendy, of course) down highway nine, more than likely on a motorcycle. We venture to the old Asbury Park area, the one Springsteen knew growing up. You can hear the classic cars roaring “beyond the Palace”, the kids shouting throughout the amusement park, smell the salty Atlantic air, see the “kids huddled on the beach in a mist”. The song has summertime road trip written all over it.
We should all take Bruce’s advice and “get out while we’re young”. Tramp or no tramp, in one way or another, we were all “born to run”.