Born to Run (4:29)

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Born to Run is the signature song of the American singer songwriter Bruce Springsteen, and the title song of his album Born to Run. Written in a small house in Long Branch, New Jersey in early 1974, the song was Bruce Springsteen’s last-ditch effort to make it big. The prior year, Springsteen had released two albums to critical acclaim but with little commercial success. The lyrics to the song are appropriately epic for his last-ditch, all-or-nothing shot at the stars, yet they remain rooted in the universal desperation of adolescence: We gotta get out while we’re young, ‘cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run.

Written in the first person, the song is a love letter to a girl named Wendy (Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend I wanna guard your dreams and visions…; I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight/in an everlasting kiss!), for whom the motorcycle-riding protagonist certainly has enough passion to love, but perhaps not the patience. However, Springsteen has noted that it has a much simpler core: getting out of Asbury Park.

In recording the song, Springsteen first earned his noted reputation for perfectionism, laying down as many as eleven guitar tracks to get the sound just right. The recording process and alternate ideas for the song’s arrangement are described in the Wings For Wheels documentary DVD included in the 2005 reissue Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition package.

The track was recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York amidst touring breaks during 1974, with final recording done on August 6, well in advance of the rest of the album


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In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected,and steppin' out over the line

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  • joshsaussey

    Such an awesome song with such an epic build-up. The lyrics are really top notch here.

    14 Mar 4:39am Reply
  • alainchaumont


    12 Feb 8:43pm Reply
  • nick_honest


    25 Jan 9:35pm Reply
  • MSUgirl80

    THE BOSS!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!! Love the Jersey men...

    18 Jan 4:31pm Reply
  • Satchmo2010

    Salut à toi Grand BONO !!!

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fmaoc

    que dire de plus sur un dinosaure comme bruce,the best man of rooooock .

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ASummerKiss

    Looooooooooooooooove the Sax in this one! ​♫♪*¨*•♥(◠‿◠)♥•*¨*•♫♪ ​ℒ◎❤ε ♫♪*¨*•♥(◠‿◠)♥•*¨*•♫♪​

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SouthOfHeaven97

    this is really good

    25 Nov 2013 Reply

    A manifesto.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pitbuldave

    Lifes just that way, I was born to run wild an free

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Odabella_

    'cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run!!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pdc2k6

    The perfect song.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • LarryK12

    Miss ya Big Man...

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • alainchaumont


    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • robkjporter

    The original and best.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    I enjoy how the song comes to a full stop two thirds into the song, then kicks into third gear and blasts into the third verse.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • CaptnTightpants

    still get goosebumps every time....

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • ThePowerStation


    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MikesDmusic

    "Its a death trap we gotta get out while were young" - They wanted to make this the state song for Jersey - oh yeah that encourages tourism!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Let me in, I wanna be your friend, I want to guard your dreams and visions, just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims and strap your hands across my engines. Together we could break this trap, we'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back, oh-oh, Will you walk with me out on the wire?

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
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