The songs where Bruce Springsteen is quoted!



A recent article on, titled Singing ABOUT Springsteen: 20 songs where he’s in the lyrics, the author Jay Lustig reported a long list of tracks in which Bruce Springsteen is mentionated. As Bruce Springsteen fans, we read it with curiosity and interest but we went on searching and discovered many other songs. Among them, the most well-known is probably Springsteen by Eric Church in 2012, that successfully climbed American rankings by getting even two nominations at the Grammy Awards in 2012. Tracks explicitly dedicated to the boss are also Springsteen by Willie Mack from his 2009 album The Journey, and Hey Bruce! by Lorenzo Bertocchini & Apple Pirates, an imaginary letter that he “sent” to his idol by the tribute album Hearts Of Stone in 2009 (these last two songs have no videos yet). In some songs authors quote directly the Boss, as in My Life Is Good by Randy Newman or in Talkin ‘Woody, Bob, Bruce & Dan Blues by Dan Bern. In others, there is a reference to his music (as in Gray Cortina by Tom Robinson or in Listen to the Eight Track by Ian Hunter) or to his precise songs. In others, Springsteen is quoted as a symbol of American ideals, like  It’s America ​​by Rodney Atkins, or as the best expression of the American songwriter, like John Mellencamp’s Kid Inside. Someone like Rick Springfield jokes  when he alludes in his Bruce to those who confuse him with his rock idol, others refer to his look like Lady Antebellum in Stars Tonight. Here are the songs with their videos and quotes to the Boss … But we are ready to welcome all of your suggestions to further increase this long list.

1. Springsteen – Eric Church [VIDEO]

“Funny how a melody sounds like a memory/Like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night, Springsteen”

2. Cars and Girl – Prefab Sprout   [VIDEO]

 “Brucie dreams life’s a highway, too many roads bypass my way… But look at us now, quit driving, some things hurt more, much more than cars and girls”

3. Forty – John Eddie [VIDEO]

“I guess I’m Fuckin Forty/Well that’s what my Momma said/But Bruce Springsteen’s Fuckin 53/ And the Stones are almost dead”

4. Talkin’ Woody, Bob, Bruce & Dan Blues  –  Dan Bern [VIDEO]

“When Woody Guthrie was sick and dying/Bob Dylan visited him as he was lying/In a hospital bed Bob sang him songs/Woody smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you come, you belong here, go forth and be the voice of your generation’/Well, above Beverly Hills one night real late/I snuck past a security gate … Climbed up a barbed wire fence and over … To the home of Bruce Springsteen … I asked him could he think of us as Bob and Woody”

5. Our World Now – Bleu Edmondson 

“I got a tape of a rock and roll band/An American band from the Jersey shore/Singin’ no retreat baby, no surrender/[…]/It’s the scream of the wheels of my daddy’s car/ Singin’ no retreat, no surrender/[…]/By the Mexico line/Singin’ oh, oh I’m on fire/[…]/Rollin’ up 87 as fast as we can/ The Detroit V-8 is gonna take us to the promised land”

6. My Life Is Good  – Randy Newman  [VIDEO]

“My wife and I/Went to this hotel in the hills/That’s right/The Bel-Air Hotel/Where a very good friend of ours/Happens to be staying/And the name of this young man/Is Mr. Bruce Springsteen/That’s right, yeah/Oh, we talked about some kind of/Woodblock or something/And this new guitar we like/And you know what he said to me/I’ll tell you what he said to me/He said, “Rand, I’m tired/How would you like to be the Boss for awhile?”/Well, yeah/Blow, Big Man, blow…”

7. Talking New Bob Dylan  Loudon Wainwright III  [VIDEO]

“I got a deal and so did John Prine/Steve Forbert and Springsteen, all in a line/They were lookin’ for you, signin’ up others/We were new Bob Dylans, your dumbass kid brothers … we still get together every week at Bruce’s house.”

8. Bruce – Rick Springfield [VIDEO]

“As he pulled a piece paper for me to sign from his vest/He said, ‘I thought “Born to Run” was one of your best’/’Aw, wait a minute, man, who do you think I am?’/He answered, ‘Mr. Springsteen, you’re a famous man.’ ”

9. Kid Inside  – John Cougar (Mellencamp) [VIDEO]

“It’s getting hard to justify my position/When everything I’m sayin’ can be said better by Mr. Springsteen.”

10. It’s America  – Rodney Atkins [VIDEO]

“It’s a high school prom, it’s a Springsteen song, it’s a ride in a Chevrolet/It’s a man on the moon and fireflies in June and kids sellin’ lemonade/It’s cities and farms, it’s open arms, one nation under God/It’s America.”

12. The Indifference of Heaven  – Warren Zevon [VIDEO]

“They say, ‘Everything’s all right’/They say, ‘Better days are near’/They tell us These are the good times/But they don’t live around here/Billy and Christie don’t/Bruce and Patti don’t/They don’t live around here.”

13. 1985  – Bowling for Soup [VIDEO] 

“Since Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana/There was U2 and Blondie, and music still on MTV/Her two kids in high school, they tell her that she’s uncool/’Cause she’s still preoccupied with 1985.”

14. 22 –  Deaf Havana [VIDEO]

“I’m somewhere between happy and okay/With Springsteen in my headphones singing mockingly away/Oh, Bruce, baby, I’ve seen better days.”

15. The Battle of Hampton Roads – Titus Andronicus [VIDEO]

“I’ve destroyed everything that wouldn’t make me more like Bruce Springsteen/So I’m going back to New Jersey, I do believe they’ve had enough of me.”

16. Listen to the Eight Track – Ian Hunter [VIDEO]

“Sometimes I get a woman in here/And I put on Bruce Springsteen’s new double album/And then, just when everything’s getting hot/I start turning the volume right down low/Baby, let me snuggle right next to you.”

17. Grey Cortina  – Tom Robinson [VIDEO]

“Fur-lined seats and lettered windscreen/Elbow on the windowsill/Eight track blazing Bruce Springsteen/Bomber jacket, dressed to kill.”

18. The Ring  The Hangdogs [VIDEO]

“And hey, while you’re looking, maybe you could have a glance/At this Springsteen bootleg circa 84/Was playing “Thunder Road” the night I rode out for the promised land/ Now I found her and I don’t need it no more”

19. Redemption  Frank Turner [VIDEO]

“I was walking home to my house through the snow from the station/When the Springsteen came clear in my headphones with a pertinent question/Oh, is love really real and can any of us hope for redemption?/Or are we all merely biding our time down to the lonely conclusions?”

20. Rock and Roll Call  – Joe D’Urso  [VIDEO]

“Bruce is the Boss, Elvis is the King, Ol’ Blue Eyes, he’s the Chairman of the Board, and Dylan’s the Muse, he’s always the muse.”

21. Saturday Night – The Felice Brothers  [VIDEO]

“I ain’t the Boss but I’m his illegitimate son/’Cause baby, I was born to run.”

22. Heart Songs  Weezer [VIDEO]

“Mr Springsteen said he had a hungry heart”

23. Sound of a Million Dreams – David Nail  [VIDEO]

“My 18th summer I was a cocky up-and-comer/Crankin’ up ‘Born to Run’ ”

24. Stars Tonight  – Lady Antebellum  [VIDEO]

“Girls in their heels and a skinny pair of blue jeans/Boys in black pearl buttons looking just like Springsteen.”

25. Hard Core Troubadour  – Steve Earle [VIDEO]

“Hey Rosalita, won’t you come out tonight”

26. Wish I Was Bruce Springsteen  – Jay Leighton [VIDEO]

“And I wish I was Springsteen/or maybe … unforever wait for the star”

27. Bruce Springsteen – Ezio [VIDEO]

“She must be cool because she likes Bruce Springsteen.”

28. Via Miami  – Gillan Glover [VIDEO]

“I’d even get a ticket for a Springsteen show”

29. My Seaside Brown Eyed Girl  – Steve Forbert [VIDEO]

“You’re not here with me/You’re in Springsteen land/Summer waves and sand”

30. Meet me by the River’s Edge  – Gaslight Anthem [VIDEO]

“No surrender, my Bobby Jean/And we’ve been burned by all our fears/Just from growin’ up around here/Our father’s factories marked our cards/While Eden burned against the stars/And Sally said, Sally said/Meet me by the river’s edge/We’re going to wash these sins away/ Or else we won’t come back again/ […] No retreat, no regrets …”

31.  Frau, ich freu mich – Bap  [VIDEO]
“Un die Kassett vum Springsteen ald zom zehnte Mohl erinnjedeut […],Und „Born to run“ von Springsteen läuft jetzt auch schon zum zehnten Mal”

32. Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska – The Passionate and Objective Jokerfan [VIDEO]

33. Nebraska – Cash Brothers  [VIDEO]

“I’ll be sitting  here listening to Nebraska […]/I’m alone on this dark road listening to Nebraska”

34. All It Takes – Lori McKenna

“Initials on a gold ring / Anything Bruce Springsteen / Magnet from Mardi Gras / Back roads of Arkansas / Tylenol an…”

35. Just Like Springsteen  – Hannah Mahoney [VIDEO]

“He’s just like Springsteen”

36. Trying to Be The Boss (On A Beaver Brown Budget) – Drive by Truckers  [VIDEO]

37. Il popolo rock  Tazenda [VIDEO]

“Il popolo, il popolo, il popolo rock ama il Boss, ama Vasco, ama Piero…”

38. Tweeter and the Monkey Man – The Traveling Wilburys  [VIDEO]

“they hopped into a stolen car, took Highway 99/[…]to the Monkey Man from a mansion on the hill”

39. The Pride – Five Fingers Death Punch [VIDEO]

“Disneyland/White House/JFK/And Mickey Mouse/John Wayne/Springsteen/Eastwood/James Dean[…]”

40. Springsteen – Willie Mack 

41. Hey Bruce – Lorenzo Bertocchini & Apple Pirates 

  1. Badlands– Norma [VIDEO]

In the video, the singer plays with a cardboard silhouette, imagining being Bruce Springsteen’s girlfriend



~ di pinkcadillacmusic su 1 agosto 2017.

2 Risposte to “The songs where Bruce Springsteen is quoted!”

  1. Check out also Badlands by Norma on youtube

    Mi piace


Inserisci i tuoi dati qui sotto o clicca su un'icona per effettuare l'accesso:


Stai commentando usando il tuo account Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )

Google+ photo

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Google+. Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )

Foto Twitter

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Twitter. Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )

Foto di Facebook

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Facebook. Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )


Connessione a %s...

%d blogger hanno fatto clic su Mi Piace per questo: