GREATEST SONGS EVER WRITTEN (Volume 1): BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, RYAN ADAMS

Starting today, every Friday will be dedicated to the greatest songs ever written (in my opinion).   I’ll be focusing in on just two songs, brief commentary, and providing the full lyrics.   Let’s kick it off with The Boss!

“BADLANDS” BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

BruceSpringsteen 7Every time I hear this song, I hear something different. Bruce’s incredible skill at painting vivid stories to express his emotions is captured at its best in his 1977 street anthem, Badlands. Every line of this song pushes our motivation to never settle, to never let life run us over, to seize the reins and make the most out of our life. Regardless of how difficult our current situation is “it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive”.

 

Lights out tonight
Trouble in the heartland
Got a head-on collision
Smashin’ in my guts man
I’m caught in a crossfire
That I don’t understand
I don’t give a damn
For the same old played out scenes
I don’t give a damn
For just the in-betweens
Honey I want the heart, I want the soul
I want control right now
Talk about a dream
Try to make it real
You wake up in the night
With a fear so real
Spend your life waiting
For a moment that just don’t come
Well don’t waste your time waiting

[Chorus]
Badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you’ve gotta pay
We’ll keep pushin’ till it’s understood
And these badlands start treating us good

Workin’ in the fields
Til you get your back burned
Workin’ ‘neath the wheel
Till you get your facts learned
Baby got my facts
Learned real good right now
Poor man want to be rich
Rich man want to be king
And a king ain’t satisfied
Till he rules everything
I want to go out tonight
I want to find out what I got

I believe in the love that you gave me
I believe in the hope that can save me
I believe in the faith
And I pray that some day it may raise me
Above these badlands

[Chorus]

For the ones who had a notion
A notion deep inside
That it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive
I want to find one face that ain’t looking through me
I want to find one place
I want to spit in the face of these badlands

[Chorus]


“SWEET ILLUSIONS”    RYAN ADAMS

RyanAdams_01The ultimate song of heartbreak, Ryan Adams (not Bryan!) is a lyrical genius. His ability to so deeply express those inner emotions and magically find the perfect words to describe such intense feelings.  Read this lyrics, put yourself in this situation, it will take your breath away.

Let me go I’m only letting you down
I got nothing to say to you now
Lose the feelings that are weighing me down
When I’m sane

It’s turning morning all the birds sing
I’m not complicating anything
I’ll have another and then I’ll go to bed
And dream of you

Cause it’s almost over
Yeah it’s almost gone

I can feel the sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down
And I ain’t got nothing but love for you now

You and I used to shine like a jewel
But time’s been nothing to us but cruel
So play it out and never play the fool
Cause you’ll lose everytime

We were nothing,we were only the past
Hard times like that don’t last
I’ve been forgiven,I’ve been surpassed
By my heart
Have you?

Cause it’s almost over
Yeah it’s almost gone

I can feel the sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down
And I ain’t got nothing but love

Love for you that I can’t use
Lonely nights multiplied by the blues
I can’t resolve

You never knew me but you did you’re best
I’m just lonely inside I guess
You gave me everything you really tried
Thanks

If we are nothing and we’re only the past
Well I’m just living in a dream I guess
A long black dream that takes me down the river to you

Where it’s almost over
And it’s almost gone

And I can feel the sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down

Sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down
And I ain’t got nothing but love for you now

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