A Token of Love
by Dan
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Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"

As I was thrown spinning from the wreckage, I thought to myself, "I'll never get to see Obama win."

This is no time to give up. Staying up all night is good for your health. The same way crying your eyes out or getting punched in the face is good for your health.

I got married when I was 17. And goddammit, look at me now. I earned this face.

This? This is nothing. Honestly, it's nothing. You'll think it's nothing when it's over.

He said he loved me "with all the madness in his soul". And I believed him. I had no reason not to.

Largely, I don't see the point of dancing naked after a shower, but I just couldn't help myself. I felt like a blade of grass, or a flag or something.

They knew it was a lost cause. Anybody could have seen that. But they just kept fighting. Oh my god, you should have seen that.

"I'll have a side of fries as well."

"Okay, side of fries, with what sauce?"

Direct eye contact, "American."


[Buy] [Tom Scharpling version] (image credit: I found it here, took the words out, and couldn't help but notice there are only white people in this picture)

Posted by Dan at January 18, 2008 2:41 AM

That was sublime. Magnificent wordplay.


Posted by Kyle Paul at January 18, 2008 8:06 AM

People mock Springsteen's histrionics and operatic aspirations, and he's spawned a boatload of terrible imitators, but at his best (and this is right up there) his murals were unparalleled in their scope and detail.

Nice image, too.

Posted by Tony at January 18, 2008 9:09 AM

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Posted by Tyler at January 18, 2008 2:02 PM

I was waiting for the day this song would be posted here. Say what you will, but Born to Run is truly a majestic song.

Posted by eric at January 18, 2008 5:01 PM

Goddamnit! I just watched the making of Born to Run (I'm a sucker for every music DVD--watched the making of Metallica's "The Black Album" too!) and fuckin-a I just can't help it: I love this song. It's so ridiculous and exciting. It makes me wish I was as manly as B. Springsteen. I'm not even kidding. It's cosmic. Just two nights ago I very guiltily bought the song "Radio Nowhere" off iTunes (looking over my shoulder to make sure nobody was looking at me through the window) and now I see this.

Did you ever hear the Fresh Air interview with Bruce Springsteen? Even Terri Gross wants him.

Posted by Brian at January 20, 2008 1:29 PM

I've never really been that into Springsteen before but this song is awesome, thanks.

Posted by Ryan Shook at January 27, 2008 6:12 PM

good one dan.
good one.

Posted by michelle at January 29, 2008 2:18 AM

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