Day 8 – A Song that You Know All the Words To: "Thunder Road"

“Thunder Road” – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

I wasn’t so good at Algebra II and Trigonometry, but I was extremely good at blocking out Mrs. Brummit’s voice and, instead, copying Springsteen’s lyrics over and over in my notebook. I’ve never actually performed this song, but I know I could sing the whole thing for you right now, without hesitation. It’s become part of my DNA.

If youve got time to lean, youve got time to clean ...

The Appalachian teen’s fixation on Springsteen is a weird thing, but it happens more often than I realized, alone in my little Boss-bubble at 16. When I got older, went out into the big world beyond Morristown, I found kindred spirits from tiny towns like Dante, Swope, Big Stone Gap, Seymour, and Blaine who had also found “a little magic in the night,” or imagined that they could, through the Bruce’s words. We all had our own Thunder Roads, real or imaginary; we all had (or knew) our own Marys. We were all squinting into the horizon, looking beyond our little towns to an uncertain, but hopefully better, future.

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About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 18, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That song was a huge part of my teen years. ;o)

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