Bruce Springsteen

American singer-songwriter

Lived from: 1949-

Category: Music | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Bruce Springsteen

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    I don't like to write rhetorically or get on a soapbox. I try to make the stuff multi-layered, so that it always has a life outside its social context. I don't believe that you can tell people anything; you can only draw them in.
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    I got a wife and kids in Baltimore, jack
    I went out for a ride and I never went back.
    Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
    I took a wrong turn and I just kept going.
    Source: The River (1980) Hungry Heart
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    I had tried to go to college, and I didn't really fit in. I went to a real narrow-minded school where people gave me a lot of trouble, and I was hounded off the campus - I just looked different and acted different, so I left school.
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    I hadn't performed by myself in a while. It feels very natural to me, and I assume people come for the very same reasons as they do when I'm with the band: to be moved, for something to happen to them.
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    I have my ideas, I have my music and I also just enjoy showing off, so that's a big part of it. Also, I like to get up onstage and behave insanely or express myself physically, and the band can get pretty silly.
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    I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.




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    I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.
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    I met her in a Kingstown bar.
    We fell in love, I knew it had to end.
    We took what we had and we ripped it apart.
    Now here I am down in Kingstown again.
    Source: The River (1980) Hungry Heart
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    I played in front of every conceivable audience you could face: an all-black audience, all-white, firemen's fairs, policemen's balls, in front of supermarkets, bar mitzvahs, weddings, drive-in theaters. I'd seen it all before I ever walked into a recording studio.
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    I still like to go to record stores, I like to just wander around and I'll buy whatever catches my attention.
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    I suppose when you do it correctly, a good introduction and a good outro makes the song feel like it's coming out of something and then evolving into something.
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    I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you're 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life - certainly by the time you're 18.
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    I think that is what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.
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    I think you can get to a point where nihilism, if that's the right word, is overwhelming, and the basic laws that society has set up - either religious or social laws - become meaningless.
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    I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.