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Monday, September 09, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - "Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Live In Houston, 1978)" [Rock & Alternative]

Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Live In Houston, 1978)

"Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Live In Houston, 1978)" music video by Bruce Springsteen
Added: 09-09-2019
Genre : Rock & Alternative
Description : Darkness on the Edge of Town (Live in Houston, 1978)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performing "Darkness on the Edge of Town" from Live in Houston '78

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"Darkness on the Edge of Town" is the last song on the 1978 album, "Darkness on the Edge of Town", by Bruce Springsteen. It was the last song recorded and mixed, and in April 1978 was designated the title song. A thematic album whose songs portray the struggles of the less-fortunate, not only to survive, but to keep their spirit and will to live alive, the song, "Darkness On the Edge of Town", portrays a hard luck loser in life, who refuses to give up and quit. Springsteen's fourth album, released three years after "Born To Run", his 1975 effort that catapulted him to the top of the rock and roll world, was delayed two years because of legal problems with his former manager, [[Mike Appel]. Expectations were again sky-high, after he took one year to complete the album.

"Darkness On the Edge of Town" ("Darkness") is the story of a hard luck loser, who keeps his spirit alive through street racing on the Edge. In his world," no one asks any questions, or looks too long in your face." He describes his desperation, "some folks are born into a good life, other folks get it anyway anyhow, I lost my money and I lost my wife, them things don't seem to matter much to me now", and then what he plans to do about it. "Tonight I'll be on that hill cause I can't stop, I'll be on that hill with everything I got, where lives are on the line and dreams are found and lost, I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost, for wanting things that can only be found in the darkness on the edge of town". The emotions are so strong, because Springsteen works on songs for years sometimes, until he finds the right words.

Darkness was conceived in 1975, but the lyrics were not written as of June 1, 1977, the first day of the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" recording sessions. Bruce and the E Street Band worked on the song for five days in June 1977, then set it aside, incomplete, for the rest of the year. On March 8, 1978, over two months after the sessions were completed, Springsteen called in his band, and a new version of Darkness was recorded from scratch, completed on March 10, and mixed on March 30, just in time to make it on the album as the closing track. The album was released on June 2, 1978. Maybe he was working on Darkness all along, during the nine months that passed, and came up with the words at the last moment. He did that twice on "Born To Run", with "Backstreets" and "She's the One"

Tags : 1978, 70s, Bruce Springsteen