Spare Parts

Album: Tunnel of Love (1987)

Songfacts®:

  • The studio version of this song runs 3:44 seconds, but there is a much longer version (available on YouTube) recorded live in Sheffield in 1988 for the Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-1988, which was released in January 1989. In the extended piano introduction Springsteen explains: "This is a song about a woman struggling to understand the value of her own independent existence... trying to find something new, and beautiful and meaningful in her life today." The first verse is sexually explicit in a covert sort of way. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • The live version features Nils Lofgren on slide guitar and backing by a full brass section. Although singer-songwriter Springsteen is not renowned for his guitar work, The Boss lets rip at the end of this track with a guitar solo.
  • "Spare Parts" features James Woods on harmonica. The LA blues artist got the gig through co-producer Chuck Plotkin whom he has known since high school. "Chuck said, Jimmy, do you still have your blues musician's Union card?" he recalled to Mojo magazine.

    "I did this chugging thing that is sort of a trademark of mine," Woods continued. "I wish I was louder in the mix" (laughs).

    Woods added that he got a lot of subsequent session work afterwards, "because I was the first non-E Street cat to play harp on a Springsteen record."

Comments: 1

  • Sarah from Kennewick, Wa"Bobby said he'd pull out, Bobby stayed in;
    Janie had a baby, wasn't any sin"--OH I'd say that was pretty blunt!
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