Song of the Day #4,082: ‘Life Itself’ – Bruce Springsteen

I recently saw the film Blinded by the Light, a movie about a young Pakistani teen in London who finds creative salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen. It’s a lovely, uplifting film that really understands the mind-blowing phenomenon of discovering an artist who speaks to your very core.

It also made me want to dig up some old Bruce Springsteen albums and pay my respects, though I haven’t gotten around to that just yet.

Today’s random iTunes selection is doing some of the work for me. ‘Life Itself’ is a gorgeous track from the Boss’ divisive 2009 album Working on a Dream.

This album debuted at #1 and sold very well, but received some of the worst reviews of Springsteen’s career. It also received its share of raves, including a five-star review from Rolling Stone.

Count me among those who consider this one of Springsteen’s best albums. Sonically experimental, thematically rich, and gloriously earnest, it’s a late-career statement that Bruce had no plans to go out quietly playing the hits.

[Verse 1]
We met down in the valley, where the wine of love and destruction flows
There in that curve of darkness where the flowers of temptation grow
I left the rest for the others it was you and nothing else
You felt so good to me, baby, as good as life itself

[Chorus]
You were life itself, rushing over me
Life itself, the wind in the black elms
Life itself, in your heart and in your eyes
I can’t make it without you

[Verse 2]
I knew you were in trouble, and anyone could tell
You carried your little black book from which all your secrets fell
You squandered all your riches, your, your beauty and your wealth
Like you had no further use for, for life itself

[Chorus]
You were life itself, rushing over me
Life itself, the wind in the black elms
Life itself, in your heart and in your eyes
I can’t make it without you

[Verse 3]
Why the things that we treasure most slip away in time?
Until to the music we grow deaf and to God’s beauty blind
Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
Until we fall away in our own darkness, stranger to our own hearts

[Chorus]
You were life itself, rushing over me
Life itself, the wind in the black elms
Life itself, in your heart and in your eyes
I can’t make it without you

So here’s one for the road, here’s one to your health

[Chorus]
You were life itself, rushing over me
Life itself, the wind in the black elms
Life itself, in your heart and in your eyes
I can’t make it without you

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,082: ‘Life Itself’ – Bruce Springsteen

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I haven’t given this album, or really any Springsteen album since the early 90’s, all that much attention. Of the records from the 00’s, The Rising probably got the most play.

    Today’s song is decent enough, but doesn’t immediately grip me in the way Bruce’s best work does.

  2. Peg says:

    Love Springsteen and the movie you refer to in your blog.

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