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State Trooper by Bruce Springsteen

Album: NebraskaReleased: 1982
  • Springsteen recorded this in one take on a 4-track tape deck. He decided to keep the songs on Nebraska just as he recorded them, as he could not make them better with the band.
  • Springsteen thought this up while on a drive from New York.
  • This was featured in the closing credits of the first episode of the HBO series The Sopranos. Stevie Van Zandt, Springsteen's longtime pal and guitar player in the E Street Band, plays Silvio Dante on the show. >>
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    Kelly - Bristol, CT
  • The New Jersey Turnpike referenced in this song was also immortalized in Simon & Garfunkel's "America": "Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike". Bruce's hometown of Freehold is off Exit 8.
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Comments: 7

The only thing I got ...been bothering me my whole life. Genius.Craig - Peterborough, On
This song is awesomely moody & crazy...so much tension built up in one song...anyone else kinda feel like doing something...bad...when you listen to this?Sarah - Kennewick, Wa
What I like about this song is the building tension within the driver/narrator of the song. You just know that if he is pulled over by a cop, it's gonna be the straw that broke the camel's back and all hell is gonna break loose. Listen to it in your car when you're out driving on a lonely country road some night and it'll really give you the creeps.Bob - Southfield, Mi
Bruce was always a big fan of punk/rockabilly/electro band SUICIDE, and has covered their songs during concerts. "State Trooper" is almost like an homage to SUICIDE in both style and dark subject matter.Lee - Chicago, Il
This song is often referred to and played by Finn Andrews as part of The Veils in concert. Great tune.Bob - Southern Tier, Ny
This was covered by the band Boiled In Lead, on their album, Antler Dance.Jameson - Lexington, Ky
I cant get over the fact that no one else has commented on this! One of the best tracks from what is an amazing and powerful, yet so simply, album.Ben - Nottingham, England
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