Song of the Day #2,366: ‘Rollercoaster’ – Bleachers


Best Songs of 2014 – #12
‘Rollercoaster’ – Bleachers

Bleachers, the side project (or is it his main one?) of fun. lead guitarist Jack Antonoff, put out a self-titled debut that sounds like it was pressed in the 80s.

I don’t know if it was Antonoff himself or a review of the album I read, but I recall a description of this record as the end credit music of a John Hughes film, and that captures its essence just perfectly.

‘Rollercoaster,’ my favorite track, is pure Bruce Springsteen. It cribs the moody opening of ‘Secret Garden’ and then goes full-on ‘Born to Run’ by way of ‘Dancing in the Dark’ before settling into what it really is, a blast of pure energetic fun.

[Verse 1]
It was summer when I saw your face
Looked like a teenage runaway
Oh god I never thought we’d take it that far
Some killer queen you are

Now I’m running and I can’t stop anywhere I go
I think about it everyday and night I can’t let go
Man, I’m never the same
We were shot gun lovers
I’m a shot gun running away

So come a little closer
There was something I can tell yeah
You are such a rollercoaster
And a killer queen you are
Rollercoaster, I don’t say no
Rollercoaster, When you don’t say no
And it’s such a rollercoaster
Some killer queen you are

[Verse 2]
We took the bones out from the road
Those endless nights that we traveled we stole
You let your clothes fall to the floor
And lit a fire while I waited for me more

Now I’m running and I won’t stop I don’t wanna go
I think about it everyday and night I can’t let go
And hey, I’m never the same
It’s a hundred miles an hour on a dirt road running away


Come a little closer
I’m sure, come a little closer

[Chorus x2]


One thought on “Song of the Day #2,366: ‘Rollercoaster’ – Bleachers

  1. Dana says:

    The John Hughes end credits 80s comparison is apt, but this is no “Dancing in the Dark.”

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