Bruce Springsteen quotes and sayings
September 23, 1949
T-Bone Burnett once said that much of rock music is simply someone going wahhh daddy.
All people have is hope. That's what brings the next day and whatever that day may bring. A hope grounded in the real world of living, friendship, work, family.
Two hearts are better than one.
I don't know many artists who are not crazy.
Your legs were heaven, your breasts were the alter, your body was the holy land.
The life of a rock and roll band will last as long as you can look down into the audience and see yourself.
When I was young I was very shy and that was my personality. I was a pretty sensitive kid and quite neurotic, filled with a lot of anxiety.
A great rock band searches for the same kind of combustible force that fueled the expansion of the universe after the big bang. You want the earth to shake and spit fire. You want the sky to split apart and for God to pour out.
"Born To Run," that expands every time we go out. It just seems to you - more of your life fills it in, fills in the story. And when we hit it every night, it's always a huge catharsis. It's fascinating to see the audience singing it back to me. It's quite wonderful, you know, to see people that intensely singing your song.
In the past, some of the songs that were the most fun, and the most entertaining and rocking, fell by the wayside because I was concerned with what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.
It's always felt natural, because I'm generally very comfortable with people.
I was looking for some way to put my music to some service on a nightly basis. You go into a town, you play a little music, you leave something behind. That idea connected us to the local community. It was a very simple idea, but it really resonated with me.
Roy Orbison is singing for the lonely, hey, that's me and I want you only.
Now everyone dreams of a love faithful and true, But you and I know what this world can do. So let's make our steps clear so the other may see. And I'll wait for you...should I fall behind wait for me.
Patti Scialfa was an artist and a musician and she was a songwriter. And she was a lot like me in that she was transient also. She worked busking on the streets in New York. She waitressed. She had - she just lived a life - she lived a musician's life. She lived an artist's life. So we were both people who were very uncomfortable in a domestic setting, getting together and trying to build one and seeing if our particularly strange jigsaw puzzle pieces were going to fit together in a way that was going to create something different for the two of us. And it did.
I think you can't demonize somebody that's on the other side of the political spectrum, or you can't generalize about them.
When I first started in rock, I had a big guy's audience for my early records. I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid '80s.
I'm a synthesist. I'm always making music. And I make a lot of different kinds of music all the time. Some of it gets finished and some of it doesn't.
This Thursday, Barack Obama is gonna give his acceptance speech, and reportedly it's going to include performances by Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Yeah. And they say Obama's not black enough!
Sometimes, at night you could hear the whole damn city crying.
I have been on stage on a few occasions where I felt I couldn't escape the interior of my - my interior thoughts. But Peter Wolf once said, what's the strangest thing you can do on stage? Think about what you're doing.
You know, my music utilizes things from the past, because that's what the past is for. It's to learn from. It's not to limit you, you shouldn't be limited by it.
Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, and a king ain't satisfied until he rules everything.
I had spent about three months where I couldn't sing at all, so that was anxiety-provoking. But after that, I went back out. I sang for two hours in my garage one day to see if I had a voice.
Our American government has strayed too far from American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.
I wouldn't be windmilling a Fender Telecaster if it weren't for Pete Townshend.
She kissed me just right, like only a lonely angel can.
I want a thousand guitars.
The first thing that I do when I come out every night is to look at the faces in front of me, very individually.
Somebody who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future - that's fabulous.
And whether you're drawn to gospel music or church music or honky-tonk music, it informs your character and it informs your talent.
For the ones who had a notion, A notion deep inside, That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these badlands.
If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly: it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, 'a lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on'.
Most of the artists I know are crazy in one way or another. I think that's why you get into it. You're in pursuit of a certain sort of peace that's very, very, very difficult to come by.
There is something about the melody of 'Thunder Road' that just suggests 'new day.' It suggests morning; it suggests something opening up.
When I die throw my body in the back and drive me to the junk yard in my Cadillac.
I go to put my arm around you and you give me a look like I'm way out of bounds.
Now those memories come back to haunt me they haunt me like a curse.
That Elvis, man, he is all there is. There ain't no more. Everything starts and ends with him. He wrote the book. But for him, I'd be selling encyclopedias right now. There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.
In the early years, I found a voice that was my voice and also partly my father's voice. But isn't that what you always do? Why do kids at 5 years old go into the closet and put their daddy's shoes on? Hey, my kids do it.
I don't want to make a record like in the '50s or the '60s or the '70s. I want to make a record like today, that`s right now.
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.
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.
You've got to be able to hold a lot of contradictory ideas in your mind without going nuts. I feel like to do my job right, when I walk out on stage I've got to feel like it's the most important thing in the world. Also I've got to feel like, well, it's only rock and roll. Somehow you've got to believe both of those things.
Most bands don't work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult. Very, very difficult.
You can't kill your way to security and you can't lead by scaring people.
Elvis Presley is all there is. There just ain't no more. Everything starts and ends with Elvis. He wrote the book. He is everything to do and not to do in the music business.
But then I go through long periods where I don't listen to things, usually when I'm working. In between the records and in between the writing I suck up books and music and movies and anything I can find.
From the beginning, I imagined I would have a long work life.
I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who lie in service of the truth - artists with a small A. But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hardcore bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style, and a story to tell.
Let's raise our glass and let the hammer fly, yeah, this is the long good-bye.
Out of our way mister, you best keep.
You weren't supposed to hear Elvis Presley. You weren't supposed to hear Jerry Lee Lewis. You weren't supposed to hear Robert Johnson. You weren't supposed to hear Hank Williams. And they told the story of the secret America.
Got a wife and kid 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.
I studied other singers, so I would learn how to phrase, and learn how to breathe. And the main thing was, I learned how to inhabit my song.
I was a pretty sensitive kid and quite neurotic, filled with a lot of anxiety, which all would have been very familiar to my pop, you know? Except it was a part of himself he was trying to reject, so I got caught in the middle of it, I think.
Baby, this town rips the bones from our back it's a death trap, it's a suicide rap. We got to get out while we're young.
I didn't have a blueprint from my childhood that I could call on, which is an enormous deficit when you're trying to put together a family life. I didn't see a family life where men were thriving inside of it. You know, my dad tended to blame the family for his inability to achieve what he wanted to achieve, you know? So, unfortunately, I was coming from that particular frame of mind.
It's a fairytale so tragic there's no prince to break the spell. I don't believe in magic, but for you I will.
You ride in a limousine the first time, it's a big thrill but after that it's just a stupid car.
Think of it this way: performing is like sprinting while screaming for three, four minutes. And then you do it again. And then you do it again. And then you walk a little, shouting the whole time. And so on. Your adrenaline quickly overwhelms your conditioning.
The Catholic religion was something I carried with me, never forgot, brought into my music. And it's been in my music ever since.
The different social forces that affected my parents' lives or my friends' lives or I saw around me became essential for me to write about.
I would rather feel the hurt inside, yes I would darling, than know the emptiness that your heart must hide.
In a restless heart the seed of betrayal lay.
'Darkness on the Edge of Town' came out of a huge body of work that had tons of very happy songs.
I'm laughing at you, you're laughing at me.
They wanted to know why I did what I did. Well, sir I guess there's just meanness in the world.
I spot a little stranger standing across the room, my brain takes a vacation just to give my heart more room.
Plus, you know, when I was young, there was a lot of respect for clowning in rock music - look at Little Richard. It was a part of the whole thing, and I always also believed that it released the audience.
Most artists I know consider themselves to be phonies, along with the feeling that there's something that you're doing is essential, essential to communicate, and deeply, deeply real.
I always look terrible before the show. That's when I feel worst. And after the show it's like a million bucks. Simple as that. You feel a little tired but you never feel better. Nothing makes me feel as good as those hours between when you walk offstage, until I go to bed. That's the hours that I live for.
The future is now. Roll up your sleeves and let your passion flow. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.
I'm not in any rush. I'm not somebody who, if I write a song, I get it out. That's not something I've ever really quite done.
We live in a post-authentic world, and today authenticity is a house of mirrors. It's all just what you're bringing when the lights go down. It's your teachers, your influences, and your personal history. At the end of the day, it's the power and purpose of your music that still matters.
The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.
I cut my bow from the wood of this tree of evil. Of this tree of good, I want a kiss from your lips.
I think politics come out of psychology.
It's all sort of dreams and it's all illusion. It's theater; it's not real. We're making up stories, you know, and people tend to run into you and believe you are your characters. And I suppose the funny thing is the longer you go, you do become sort of some version of your characters. You both diverge from them - you know - you live, but you also permanently inhabit that geography and that mental space - and so you do morph a little bit. We do become what we imagine.
A great singer has to learn how to inhabit a song.
We all have stories we're living and telling ourselves.
A good song takes on more meaning as the years pass by.
Music was my way of keeping people from looking through and around me. I wanted the heavies to know I was around.
Don't run back inside, darling, you know just what I'm here for. So you're scared and you're thinking we ain't that young any more...Show a little faith! There's magic in the night. You ain't a beauty, but hey, you're all right.
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty. And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.
I've always loved the fact that Bob's Dylan been able to sustain his mystery over 50 or 60 years.
Don't take yourself too seriously. And take yourself as seriously as death itself.
Julie Anne Peters
Roy Jones Jr.
Robert W. Service
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