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The title came from a 1965 Chuck Berry song of the same name. Springsteen admired Berry's songwriting and his ability to relate to an audience.
This could be about feeling powerless: "Blow away the dreams that tear you apart, blow away the dreams that break your heart, blow away the dreams that leave you nothing but lost and broken hearted." When he says he believes in a Promised Land he's almost being sarcastic. Oftentimes reality is different than dreams. (thanks, Mayy - Downingtown, PA)
Springsteen had the chorus written long before filling out the lyrics.
This was recorded relatively quickly. While most songs on Darkness On The Edge Of Town took 20 or more takes, this was done in 5.
Springsteen included this on his box set Live 1975-1985.
This was the third single off Darkness On The Edge Of Town
. It was a big change of pace from Springsteen's previous album, Born To Run
, which featured songs of hope like "Thunder Road
" and "She's The One." The theme for Darkness
was broken dreams.
U2's bono sang a few of the lyrics when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2005. Springsteen inducted them. (thanks, Patrick - Statesville, NC)
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