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.
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.