gospel

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain

Song: Mary's Place
Album: The Rising
Year: 2002

Bruce Springsteen wrote a party anthem and I don't think I like it very much! Ooooh noooo!

It seems almost like two different songs have been mashed together here. He starts out meditating on religion, and then it's a little like the Black Eyed Peas (They love starting parties! They love turning it up! You know that!) teamed up with a gospel choir and attempted to write a new Cheers theme song. In this fantasy world, Taboo has learned how to play the saxophone, obviously.

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I think I would like this song a lot more if the chorus wasn't "Meet me at Mary's place/We're gonna have a party." I just keep picturing a very terrible party for some reason, which is unfair. Mary has done nothing to hurt me (unless she's the same Mary from this awful song.) Bruce has only great things to say. There's music! There's laughing! There are lockets! This party has it all. And yet I can't help imagining that this party is too loud, lit by fluorescents and filled with people who think it's acceptable to smoke indoors. None of that is in the song! Where is this coming from!? The human brain is a beautiful mystery.

It's a surprisingly frivolous song. I'm used to Bruce singing about the big issues that affect us all: catching trains, being a secret murderer, etc. Although according to brucespringsteen.com, your official source for all the Bruce news that's fit to print, The Rising was meant as a response to 9/11. So maybe "Mary's place" is actually a metaphor for America? And "furniture on the front porch" is like... the troops?

But it's probably more likely that Bruce just wants to let loose for once and the song is just actually about hanging with your buds. It's hard work being America's blue-collar poet laureate. Sometimes, you've just gotta blow off some steam. Sometimes, you've gotta light some candles, put on your best locket, and let the night unfold.

Rating: 6 keg stands out of 10.This makes me feel: like a real jerk. He's just trying to have some fun and/or reclaim a small shred of freedom after a life-altering terrorist attack. Why am I ruining this for everyone? Fun Bruce fact!: "Hungry Heart" was originally written for The Ramones. You might have expected me to save that fact for when I review that song, but I'm full of surprises, just like him.

People Get Ready

Song: Land of Hopes and Dreams
Album: Wrecking Ball
Year: 2012

I needed to take a break from Bruce Classic (tm) so I turned to something a little fresher as a palette cleanser. If this is any indication of 21st Century Boss, I am ON BOARD. That's just a little train humour for you, because this song is about taking the train (or is it?!). It's nice to hear he's upgraded from the bus at this point in his career. He's earned it.

It starts with a gospel choir and has kind of a fun piano riff in the chorus that reminds me of Vampire Weekend (or was Vampire Weekend reminding me of Bruce all along and I just didn't know it yet?). And then he throws a sax solo in the mix too, because he's Bruce Springsteen and he can do what he wants. This song has everything I need and then some.

Rating: 8 conductor whistles out of 10.

This makes me feel: like being in a very emotional movie trailer. Or, you know, taking the train.

Bruce fact: A nun at school once put him in a garbage can. Listen, I don't approve of what she did, but if I had the opportunity to put Bruce Springsteen in a garbage can, I would, just for the story. What a great party icebreaker it would be to have that in your back pocket.