Glory Days (3:47)

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“Glory Days” is a 1984 song, written and performed by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen. In 1985 it became the fifth single released from his massively successful album Born in the U.S.A.

“Glory Days” was recorded in April or May 1982 (sources differ) during the first wave of Born in the U.S.A. sessions. Even though the album went through several different phases of what would be on it, “Glory Days” was always seen as one of the cornerstones. The song is a seriocomic tale of a man who now ruefully looks back on the so-called glory days of himself and people he knew during high school. The music is jocular, consisting of what Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh called “rinky-dink organ, honky-tonk piano, and garage-band guitar kicked along by an explosive tom-tom pattern.” It also features a mandolin solo from Steven Van Zandt, one of the sideman’s most noticeable instrumental contributions to the Springsteen studio canon.

An alternate mix of “Glory Days” has circulated, which includes a deleted third verse between the second and the last. The missing verse refers to the singer’s father sitting on a bar stool at the legion, bitter over his lack of any “glory days.”

The single peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles charts in the summer of 1985. It was the fifth of a record-tying seven Top 10 hit singles to be released from Born in the U.S.A. Marsh named the second volume in his biography after the song.

The music video for the song was shot in late May 1985 in various locations in New Jersey, and was directed by filmmaker John Sayles, the third video he had done for the album.

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  • innercities

    we'll play this one for Mac from South Philadelphia, for he is totally badass.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • cjfreckles

    glory days that is what I'm remembering now

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • selene_101

    The Boss!!!!! :-)

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • FireKilljoy

    He is so hot!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    There's a girl that lives up the block, back in school she could turn all the boys' heads. Sometimes on a Friday I'll stop by and have a few drinks after she put her kids to bed. Her and her husband Bobby well they split up, I guess it's two years gone by now. We just sit around talking about the old times - she says when she feels like crying, she starts laughing thinking about glory days....

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • surrendertoalex

    My least favorite song by the boss. Sorry.

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bommimit

    !!!! Ohne Worte !!!!

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • JimiVonMicrodot

    I Looooooove these lyrics

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Aragorn17

    Glory Days.What else!

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Spece40472

    The BOOS !!!

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • billfires

    great track,...............

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • eins-zwei-3

    super Oldie - bärensrtark <<< höre ich immer wieder gern!!

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • schwedenede71

    alt und gut ............glory memories.......:-)

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Wiesel377

    Yes. Now I understand very well, as this song and me are 25 years older ;)

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • msippigirl

    First listen, good one from The Boss!

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • darek_pl

    classic rock

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    Not just a great personal rocker about growing older, but a metaphor for anything that used to be great, but now fades as we do. He sounds so revved up in this!

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mari-e

    One of my favorite Springsteens

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • PattySauce

    one of his best!!!! He's still the coolest guy ever!!!

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
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