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Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run – 1975

About The Song

Born to Run” is the third studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on August 25, 1975, through Columbia Records. The album is widely regarded as a pivotal work in Springsteen’s career, showcasing his storytelling prowess and marking a significant step towards mainstream success.

Five Facts:

  1. Title Track Anthem: The album’s title track, “Born to Run,” is one of Springsteen’s most iconic songs and a rock anthem. It captures a sense of youthful rebellion and the desire for freedom, resonating with a broad audience and solidifying Springsteen’s status as a rock legend.
  2. Critical Acclaim and Commercial Success: “Born to Run” received widespread critical acclaim and achieved commercial success. Despite initial struggles with his first two albums, the breakthrough success of this album catapulted Springsteen to international fame and earned him a devoted fan base.
  3. Epic Songwriting: Known for its epic songwriting and cinematic quality, the album weaves together themes of escape, working-class struggles, and the American Dream. Springsteen’s lyrics and storytelling on tracks like “Thunder Road” and “Jungleland” are considered masterful and have left a lasting impact on the rock genre.
  4. Legal Battles: The recording process for the album was fraught with legal battles between Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel. The disputes led to a hiatus in Springsteen’s recording career, and the legal proceedings delayed the release of “Born to Run.”
  5. Influence and Legacy: “Born to Run” is often cited as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Its influence extends beyond music, shaping the landscape of American rock and inspiring future generations of musicians. The album’s enduring popularity is reflected in its continued relevance and the timeless appeal of its themes.



In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages on Highway 9
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin’ out over the line
Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
‘Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run
Yes, girl, we were

Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend
I wanna guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims
And strap your hands ‘cross my engines
Together we could break this trap
We’ll run ’til we drop, baby, we’ll never go back
Oh, will you walk with me out on the wire?
‘Cause, baby, I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta know how it feels
I want to know if love is wild
Babe, I want to know if love is real
Oh, can you show me

Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones
Scream down the boulevard
Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in the mist
I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the street tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highway’s jammed with broken heroes
On a last chance power drive
Everybody’s out on the run tonight
But there’s no place left to hide
Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
Oh, someday, girl, I don’t know when
We’re gonna get to that place
Where we really wanna go and we’ll walk in the sun
But ’til then, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run

Oh honey, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run
Come on with me, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run