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Beneath the catchy veneer, however, is a current of frustration and desperation, and a close-to-home account of a writer’s struggles. The song became a regular part of the E Street Band’s set on the tour supporting The Rising, but was resurrected and given a rockier arrangement than in its studio guise. 50 Springsteen 17/1/05 12:32 pm Page 51 SPRINGSTEEN ‘My Hometown’ – a magnificently concise, if forlorn closer, where the narrator recalls negative events in his town’s recent history and concludes that leaving a place where he has witnessed violence and economic decline is the best he can offer his young boy.
Dancing In The Dark’ was a very late addition to the album, written at the behest of Springsteen’s manager and co-producer, Jon Landau, who felt the album lacked an obvious single. The resulting lyric spoke of the hardships of a songwriter’s life with its unsocial hours and writer’s block, whilst the dominant synthesiser music tuned into the mid-1980s zeitgeist. A. give the album a 48 Springsteen 17/1/05 12:32 pm Page 49 SPRINGSTEEN slightly dated, less organic sound than previously and this has seen the album’s critical approval decline in hindsight.
Cover Me’, ‘Darlington County’, ‘Working On The Highway’,‘Downbound Train’,‘I’m On Fire’, ‘No Surrender’, ‘Bobby Jean’, ‘I’m Goin’ Down’, ‘Glory Days’, ‘Dancing In The Dark’, ‘My Hometown’. A. suggest that Bruce had relaxed in the studio in terms of spontaneity, with far fewer takes for each song. However, post the aborted band sessions for Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band spent two years, on and off, recording around a hundred songs before they emerged with the new full band album, consisting of twelve assured tracks.
Bruce Springsteen by Peter Basham