I didn’t get into Springsteen until I was 12, so Born Run had already been out for 6 years when I bought it. I had heard the title track on the radio a bunch, but wasn’t really impressed with the whole record until that line. The first time I listened to this song, I dropped the needle back another 5 times, just to make sure I heard it correctly. Then I went back and listened to the whole record over, and over again. It just blew me away, how somebody could write with such conviction, and confidence.
To this day, I think it’s my favorite record of all time. Other records, and other songwriters hold other places in my heart, but this one, and this song in particular are at the top.
If you all remember, I sold a sickness large record collection a number of years ago. This record is one I kept. It’s unplayable now, but I won’t ever get rid of it.