Born to Run Bruce Springsteen

In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream

At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines

Sprung from cages out on highway nine,

Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin' out over the line

H-Oh, Baby this town rips the bones from your back

It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap

We gotta get out while we're young

`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Yes, girl we were

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend

I want to guard your dreams and visions

Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims

And strap your hands 'cross my engines

Together we could break this trap

We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back

H-Oh, Will you walk with me out on the wire

`Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider

But I gotta know how it feels

I want to know if love is wild

Babe I want to know if love is real

Oh, can you show me

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard

Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors

And the boys try to look so hard

The amusement park rises bold and stark

Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight

In an everlasting kiss

One, two, three, four

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive

Everybody's out on the run tonight

But there's no place left to hide

Together Wendy we can live with the sadness

I'll love you with all the madness in my soul

H-Oh, Someday girl I don't know when

We're gonna get to that place

Where we really wanna go

And we'll walk in the sun

But till then tramps like us

Baby we were born to run

Oh honey, tramps like us

Baby we were born to run

Come on with me, tramps like us

Baby we were born to run

Stanza #1: This stanza is talking about how the town is holding the couple back. During the day they work for the Dream and at night they race on the town that they need to get out of before their too old.

Stanza #2: In an attempt to persuade the girl he talks about chasing their dream of leaving and never coming back. He wants to take his love with him and break out of the chains of the town even though it is scary.

Stanza #3: Despite the effort that others try to make everywhere else all he wants is to be with his girl on the street.

Stanza #4: Even though others have tried he believes they can do it together, they can run until they find the right place, because leaving is what they were born to do.

Theme: Loneliness, the dividing line between adolescence and adulthood.

Poetic Language: Provides a description of the adventure that could take place if they run from the city.

Devices: Repetition of lines and phrases are used in this song to emphasize the carefree nature of the main characters.

Characteristics of Ballad: Adventurous, Carefree, Excited, Scared and Lonely.

Cultural Context: Being a religious man Springsteen has a way of keeping dialectic of sin and grace, alienation and despair within his music. In "Born to Run" he speaks of the loneliness there is but of the joy in being free from the idea of the American Dream.

Social Context: At this point in Bruce Springsteen's life he had grown up watching his father work blue collar jobs, which to him was unappealing. In the song "Born to Run" his ties these memories in as he writes about finding a way out of the town.

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Created with images by Lola's Big Adventure! - "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" • kyonokyonokyono - "Bruce Springsteen" • Piano Piano! - "Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town" • kyonokyonokyono - "Bruce Springsteen"

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