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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.
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.