This song was recorded in mono instead of stereo. Like many of Phil Spector's songs, it was produced with a big sound and lots of reverb.
Suggestion credit: Mark - Akron, OH
Features Clarence Clemons on sax. After a budding football career ended with an injury, Clemons focused on music, met Springsteen at a club in New Jersey, and became the most popular member of The E Street Band.
Incorporates Bo Diddley's trademark beat. Springsteen would sometimes lead into this at concerts with part of Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" or "Mona."
Used as the B-side of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out." On the album, it follows the title track.
This is probably Springsteen's most traditional love song. In songs like "Thunder Road" and "Rosalita," he sings of coming to take his girl away to a better place.
Fifi from Venice FloridaMy favorite Bruce Springsteen song. Although not completely complimentary to the girl. It speaks to me of a motivated young musician not ready to settle down and give up his quest to become a successful rockstar songwriter performer. That would 'break' him so he goes ahead onward into his fate without her. A lovely song with the Bo Diddley beat, and great to dance to. I give it a 99%!
Derek from Great Barrington, MaBeen listening to this live for 30 years. It never, ever gets old.
Lisa from Pgh, PaHeard this song was written about Bruce's girlfriend at the time, Karen Darvin.
João Sousa from Porto, PortugalIt may very well be the best on Born To Run. It is that damn good.
Brian from Chalfont, PaThis song is very underated!!! Talk about a singing with emotions. The pure rawness of the vocals says it all.
Curtis from Cornwall On Hudson , NyAmen...on any other album it would be the best track!
"Kickstart My Heart" is about all the ways Motley Crue gets their blood flowing without drugs. It was inspired by their bass player Nikki Sixx, who claimed he had to be revived with a shot of adrenaline to the heart after an overdose.