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Boy did you hit the nail on the head. I live in Freehold boro and even with everything that might be wrong, maybe about every small town across this country. I can still say i love this town and am resigned to the fact that I'll probably die here. Thats not such a bad thing tho. I've been too many places in my life, if it was so bad guess i wouldnt be here
Then why is it he refers to Freehold Boro so often in so many of his songs and why does he still spend time here? And for someone that doesnt like the town he came from why did he take the time to donate a fire truck called "Born to Run"
What Bruce is talking about in this song is not so much the town as the "Times" he was growing up in. Being almost 10 years younger then him I can still relate to this song, Ya see it was'nt just Freehold he was singing about....If you don't understand that you don't know Bruce or his songs
I keep on telling myself I will leave Toledo, a failed factory town, too. It just never works. Both my dad and my former father in law's plants shut down. A factory I worked at shut down. A factory some of my junior high school former friends workat at closed down! Ol'Bruce knows about working class problems!
The town he is giving his son is depressed and hopeless.
He's challenging America to do better.
You olso very clearly hear the need to get away, break away, but still staying there, cause you can't let go.
And olso raise your kids the same as your dad did, despite the fact that the town isn't what is was any more.
His seemingly simplistic lyrics take on a much greater form as he describes growing up in Anywhere,US and the complications of that while dealing with the insecurities and wonder of a child. Maybe I read too far into the lyrics, but is that not what great songs are made for?
Bruce is certainly one of my all time fav song writers.
In one fell swoop Bruce pays tribute to the circle of life and acknoledges that despite all the problems with this town, they're staying. Maybe they have too much history in the town, maybe they are hopelessly sentimental. Despite all the problems they haven't decided to flee, and they are resigned to their fate.