Working on a Dream

Album: Working on a Dream (2008)
Charted: 95

Songfacts®:

  • Springsteen initially debuted this song in acoustic form, while he was on the road supporting Barack Obama during the presidential elections. The studio version was premiered during halftime on the NBC broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys/Washington Redskins football game.
  • The Working on a Dream album was the fourth collaboration in a row between Springsteen and producer Brendan O'Brien, who also helmed AC/DC's Black Ice set. Springsteen said in a statement: "Towards the end of recording Magic, excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope 'Working on a Dream' has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end."
  • The Working on a Dream album was released January 27, 2009, which was a few days before Springsteen's appearance at halftime of the Super Bowl, and a few weeks after the release of a greatest hits compilation. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Springsteen played this at halftime of the 2009 Super Bowl. It was the only new song in his 12 minute set.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?Song Writing

A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.

Lecrae

LecraeSongwriter Interviews

The Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.

Don Felder

Don FelderSongwriter Interviews

Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Charlie Benante of AnthraxSongwriter Interviews

The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.