Bruce Springsteen - The River (1980)

hoes van Bruce Springsteen - The River

2 maart 2017 - The Concert In Central Park. The Blue Album. The Red Album. The River. Mijn ouders waren geen overdreven muziekliefhebbers, maar er was wel iets van muziek thuis. En je roeit met de riemen die je hebt, dus ik luisterde naar wat er was. En dat was vooral 1962-1966 en 1967-1970, de liveplaat van Simon and Garfunkel, en The River

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Ik weet niet of ik er nu naar zou luisteren, als ik het niet kende van vroeger, maar dit ken ik dus helemaal uit mijn hoofd. Niet iets dat ik zomaar op mijn ipod opzet, maar op zondagmorgen bij de krant en de eerste nespresso trek ik dit bijzonder goed. En nooit gedacht dat ik zo'n walgelijke hipsteruitspraak zou doen, maar het moet dan ook op vinyl, anders mist het de nostalgie ofzo.

"At a show in Pittsburgh on September 22, 1984, he dedicated the song to union steelworkers in Pennsylvania who were fighting for better wages and working conditions. Said Springsteen: "There's something really dangerous happening to us out there. We're slowly getting split up into two different Americas. Things are gettin' taken away from people that need them and given to people that don't need them, and there's a promise getting broken. In the beginning the idea was that we all live here a little bit like a family, where the strong can help the weak ones, the rich can help the poor ones. I don't think the American dream was that everybody was going to make it or that everybody was going to make a billion dollars, but it was that everybody was going to have an opportunity and the chance to live a life with some decency and some dignity and a chance for some self-respect. So I know you gotta be feelin' the pinch down here where the rivers meet." (bron)

I come from down in the valley
Where mister when you're young
They bring you up to do like your daddy done
Me and Mary we met in high school
When she was just seventeen
We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

We'd go down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride

Then I got Mary pregnant
And man that was all she wrote
And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
We went down to the courthouse
And the judge put it all to rest
No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
No flowers no wedding dress

That night we went down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we did ride

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don't remember
Mary acts like she don't care

But I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
They haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
Or is it something worse
That sends me down to the river
Though I know the river is dry
That sends me down to the river tonight
Down to the river
My baby and I
Oh down to the river we ride

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