Song of the Day #3,439: ‘Book of Dreams’ – Bruce Springsteen

It’s a rare twofer on Random iTunes Weekends, with back-to-back songs by The Boss. Today’s track is from Bruce Springsteen’s 1992 album Lucky Town.

Lucky Town was released the same day as Human Touch, and the general critical consensus was that the two albums would have been better served if some of the fat was trimmed and they were combined into one record.

I don’t know either album very well, but I’m impressed by today’s song. Painting a romantic picture of a wedding day, ‘Book of Dreams’ has the sound and feel of Springsteen’s stripped-down 2005 album Devils & Dust, one of my favorites.

I’m standing in the backyard
Listening to the party inside
Tonight I’m drinkin’ in the forgiveness
This life provides
The scars we carry remain but the pain slips away it seems
Oh won’t you baby be in my book of dreams

I’m watching you through the window
With your girlfriends from back home
You’re showing off your dress
There’s laughter and a toast
From your daddy to the prettiest bride he’s ever seen
Oh won’t you baby be in my book of dreams

In the darkness my fingers slip across your skin
I feel your sweet reply
The room fades away and suddenly I’m way up high
Just holding you to me
As through the window the moonlight streams
Oh won’t you baby be in my book of dreams

Now the ritual begins
‘Neath the wedding garland we meet as strangers
The dance floor is alive with beauty
Mystery and danger
We dance out ‘neath the stars ancient light into the darkening trees
Oh won’t you baby be in my book of dreams

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,439: ‘Book of Dreams’ – Bruce Springsteen

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Yeah, I think releasing both albums at once was a mistake. I bought them both and probably listened once through, but did t really return the way I have to Born in the USA, Tunnel of Love or some of the older albums like Born to Run.

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