Tougher Than The Rest

Album: Tunnel of Love (1987)
Charted: 13
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Springsteen telling his lover that he will find a way to stick it out and be there for her.
  • This was one of the few Springsteen songs to sell better in England than the US.
  • This was the third single off Tunnel Of Love, an album recorded while Springsteen's first marriage, to Julianne Phillips, was in trouble.
  • Springsteen recorded this in his home studio in Rumson, New Jersey.
  • Emmylou Harris covered this in 1990. UK group Everything But The Girl covered it in 1992, and Country singer Chris LeDoux recorded it for his 1994 album Haywire. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Julian - Oakland, AR

Comments: 12

  • Houndunderground from CroatiaAmazing song. I have rediscovered it while listening to old stuff and The Boss was among them. It is heartbreaking, ominous, serene, nostalgic, cautious, yet so unpretentious. I believe it is one of the songs that has a terrific effect on me, after so many years. As I watch different versions through the years, I realize that the song gets better and better, it grows with the layer of years and experiences. Top
  • AnonymousAlso slow version by Scottish indie band Camera Obscura
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaWhen I first got Tunnel Of Love in '87 and heard this I knew he was in trouble with his marriage..
  • Julian from Oakland, ArChris LeDoux is the country singer you're referring to. Great version as well.
  • Tim from Springfield, IlThis is a song that gets better as I get older, the video is fantastic (which I hadn't seen til recently). Powerful lyrics...
  • Bruce from Johnstown, PaCovered by a country and western singer. I forget the name but it fit with the bullrider image.
  • Matthew from Milford, MaIt's still a good song, though!
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma...Darn, I was expecting a more energetic beat...
  • Dave from San Antonio, TxBruce can write about love without being all whiny. If only all young dudes would listen to this things would go a lot smoother with their relationships. It take a MAN to handle all that gets thrown at you. HONEST SONG!
  • Josh from Terre Haute, InWhat a song. "Maybe your other boyfriends couldn't pass the test" what a line, and it hit home with so many of my relationships when I was younger. Chimes of Freedom album has a great live version on there.
  • Roy from Bergen, NorwayThis song was the best pick up line the world has ever seen. Try watching an old concert video and have a look at the looks Bruce sends Patti while doing this song!
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaA Beautiful love song, one of the few love songs I actually like.
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