Glory Days

Album: Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
Charted: 17 5
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  • Oh yeah
    Come on

    I had a friend was a big baseball player
    Back in high school
    He could throw that speedball by you
    Make you look like a fool, boy
    Saw him the other night at this roadside bar
    I was walking in, he was walking out
    We went back inside sat down had a few drinks
    But all he kept talking about was

    Glory days, well, they'll pass you by
    Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye
    Glory days, glory days

    Well there's a girl that lives up the block
    Back in school she could turn all the boy's heads
    Sometimes on a Friday I'll stop by
    And have a few drinks after she put her kids to bed
    Her and her husband Bobby well they split up
    I guess it's two years gone by now
    We just sit around talking about the old times
    She says when she feels like crying
    She starts laughing thinking about

    Glory days, yeah, they'll pass you by
    Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye
    Glory days, glory days

    (Rock it now)

    Think I'm going down to the well tonight
    And I'm gonna drink 'til I get my fill
    And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it
    But I probably will
    Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
    A little of the glory of, well time slips away
    And leaves you with nothing mister but
    Boring stories of

    Glory days, yeah, they'll pass you by
    Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye
    Glory days, glory days
    Yeah, they'll pass you by
    Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye
    Glory days, glory days

    Well, alright
    Ooh yeah
    Well, alright
    Come on now
    Well, alright
    Ooh yeah
    Well, alright
    Come on now
    Alright boys, keep it rocking now
    Keep on going
    We're going for home now
    Bring it home
    Bring it home
    Oh, oh
    Well, alright
    Well, alright
    Well, alright
    Well, alright
    Well, alright
    Well, alright
    Well, alright
    Let's go Writer/s: Bruce Springsteen
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Toocule from Savannah, GaInteresting article about the ballplayer's recollections:
  • Some Random Guy from Houston, TexasWho played the cocktail waitress? She's got solo face time in a couple of scenes in the video but is not mentioned in the credits.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs already stated Bruce performed "Glory Days" on David Letterman's final NBC-TV show on June 25th, 1993; and exactly eight years earlier on June 25th, 1985 it was at #17 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    It eventually would peaked at #5 (for 1 week) on July 28th, 1985 (it would spent 5 weeks on the Top 10).
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxTyler, it wasn't the series finale of 'Spin City,' but it WAS played as a farewell fanfare for Fox (alliteration police!), who was leaving because of his Parkinson's.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhVery few Super Bowl halftime shows are entertaining. Bruce Springsteen's was excellent; loved that they included this song as well as 10th Avenue Freeze Out, another of my favorites by the Boss. While this tune could be about losers, I also think it's trying to tell you to enjoy those glory days while you're in them, because often they go by 'in the wink of a young girl's eye'. This song is something many people can relate to.
  • Ryan from Anahola, HiThis is my favorite Bruce Springsteen song.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesMy favorite memory of this involves an alleged "Lite Rock" station I used to listen to. 6:30, 7:30 in the morning I would turn it on and more often than not old Bruce would be shouting at the top of his lungs.
  • Andy from B'ham, AlBruce Springsteen & Robert Palmer sound almost identical in their tenor voices. Compare, for instnace, this one w/ "Addicted to Love". Don't they sound like the same voice to y'all? I think that Palmer & Springsteen ought to buddy up w/ Bob Seger. That would rock!
  • Mike from Long Island, NyRight Steve from Fenton. It's fastball, nobody calls it a speedball plus no offense Bruce but in the video you throw like a girl. Though,still I love Bruce and this song.
  • Jason from Tampa, FlThe last verse tells the story. He's warning people against being stuck in the past obsessing over their better, younger days. It could be compared positively with Randy Newman's "I'm Dead."

  • Michael from San Diego, CaLoved the video!

    "Who did you pitch against?"
    "At San Diego today"
    "Did you win?"
    "Nettles got me, bottom of the 9th!"
  • Walt from Hartford, CtThe book of the same name, Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s was published in 1987.

    5 Versions of this book were published!

    The TRUE First Edition, published by Pantheon Books of New York is available at Allagash Books!

    A true collectors item for fans of the Boss!

    Allagash Books:

    Item number: 160168543191
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaBruce actually is a HUGE ball fan. He played an elite level of ball in his youth, during his 1984 shows on the Born In the Usa tour, Bruce would often tell a story about playing ball during this song. The speed ball is just another way of saying fast ball.
  • Steve from Fenton, MoI like a lot of Bruce's songs, but I can tell he doesn't know much about baseball. It's a fastball, Bruce, not a speedball.
  • Rob from Evergreen Park, IlEver notice that every time Bruce Springsteen talks to someone they "have a few drinks?" Even if they're just LEAVING the bar, he'll push them back in for a few more.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis song rocks. Todd, I have yet to go through High School, but I believe this isn't about losers. Just people thinking about better times, their glory days. They aren't necissarily losers, in the music video Springsteen is with a kid.
  • Ann from Fairway, KsLove this song because like so many of Springsteen's tunes, he so eloquently writes about things you can identify with. Maybe you weren't "it" in high school, but everybody had their "glory days." And nobody thinks those days are nearly as interesting or cool as you remember them being. My dad had this album on cassette tape when I was growing up & we all listened to it so much we wore it out. We went to his concert in 1999 & in 2002--hands down the best live act I've ever seen.
  • Joey from New YorkThe baseball scenes from the video were shot at Miller Stadium in West New York, NJ. (I grew up about a block and a half away). It is as run down as it looks in the video.
  • Todd from Sacramento, CaFirst of all, I love this song. However, I think Bruce is such a lyrical genius that people get lost in his rhetoric by his music. I have concluded that this song is about losers in life. I mean, think about it. The first person he meets up with is a washed-up high school pitcher that obviously hangs out in bars. I have been in bars MANY times (lol) and I have heard losers talking about how they got burned by their varsity coach and if they didn't, they would be in the majors. Pathetic.
    Then he goes on to talk about a women that turned all the heads in high school. To me, that means that her best days are past her. She is divorced with kids and "Bobby" is no where in the picture. I'm not saying that being divorced makes you a loser, but obviously high school were the "glory days" for this road-weary woman.
    Finally, he goes on to talk about how is going to the local bar to get blasted, just so he can recapture a little of the glory. These people are losers.
    I guess if you actually just examine the title "Glory Days", you can get the idea that this period of the best times of someone's life was high school. For some, it was high school, but the only ones that I have seen that loved high school so much have ended up as losers. I hated high school and life was much better after it. I hope I haven't offended anyone.
  • Michael from Cincinnati, OhSpent three weeks of the summer of '85 at the Jersey Shore. Dad took me up to see the Yankees play one night. Just me and my friends running around, having fun, being goofy before we all grew up and grew apart. You couldn't walk to the ice cream shop without hearing this song blaring off someone's radio or tape deck. The man, the place, and the song seemed perfect for each other.

    After that lovely vacation, Dad lost his job, Mom went to work, I hit puberty, and nothing's ever been the same.
  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaThe video of the Today show is good, if you can find it download it.
  • Tyler from Hamilton, CanadaFeatured in the series finale of the Michael J. Fox sit-com " Spin City".

    Fox is a huge Springsteen fan and jammed with him at a benefit for Parkinson's disease.
  • Will from Chicago, IlGlory Days video was shot at a bar known as Maxwell's on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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