Friday, November 6, 2009
"An Acoustic Tunnel Of Love": THE WEEKEND MIX
"I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart
It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you"
This is the first verse of "Valentine's Day," a song from "Tunnel Of Love," arguably one of Bruce Springsteen's finest moments, and a song that rarely, if ever, gets the kudos I believe it deserves.
I can remember the evening I experienced "Tunnel Of Love" for the first time. It's not a great story. I just listened to it in my apartment, alone. That's it. I bought it. I threw it on. I loved it. But, it wasn't until the very last track, "Valentine's Day," that I felt physically helpless. "Valentine's Day" still has that power to crush me. It helps that through no fault of its own, it's not heard that often.
I'm gushing again. Fuck it. I'm seeing Bruce this weekend. Saturday night he will be playing "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E-Street Shuffle" in its entirety (along wth "Outlaw Pete" & "Bobby Jean") and on Sunday, he will be playing "The River" in its entirety (and probably "Outlaw Pete" & "Bobby Jean") This is monumental and I won't apologize for being excited.
"Is it the sound of the leaves
left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river
With the moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby
What scares me is losing you"
I've got to be honest, I am especially excited that MSG won't be getting "Born In The U.S.A" in its entirety. The album certainly has its moments. As my friend said, "I'd sit through anything to see 'Downbound Train' in person." True dat. But the album is just not one of my favorites. I sing along to "Glory Days."(I've tried not to and failed, everytime.) I smile until my face cracks when I see that lucky person get pulled up on stage for "Dancing In The Dark." But... I'd give up "Downbound Train" for "Valentine's Day." That's just me.
Anyway...here's your "WEEKEND MIX,"...for me, as much as it is for you.
"TUNNEL OF LOVE" performed in its entirety (sans "Outllaw Pete" & "Bobby Jean") acoustically, from 2005's "Devils & Dust" tour. Now this did NOT happen all in one night, but it sure sounds like it did.
"They say if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God's light came shinin' on through
I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin' and born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms
No no baby it was you
So hold me close honey say you're forever mine
And tell me you'll be my lonely valentine"
AIN'T GOT YOU (8/3, GRAND RAPIDS)
TOUGHER THAN THE REST (4/21, ASBURY PARK)
ALL THAT HEAVEN WILL ALLOW (7/20, BRIDGEPORT)
SPARE PARTS (6/27, HAMBURG)
CAUTIOUS MAN (5/7, DENVER)
WALK LIKE A MAN (6/25, STOCKHOLM)
TUNNEL OF LOVE (8/3, GRAND RAPIDS)
TWO FACES (4/28, DALLAS)
BRILLIANT DISGUISE (6/6, ROME)
ONE STEP UP (7/31, COLUMBUS)
WHEN YOU'RE ALONE (7/18, BUFFALO)
VALENTINE'S DAY (7/31, COLUMBUS)