She's the One (4:28)

Cover of Born to Run

From Born to Run and 46 other releases

“She’s the One” is a song by Bruce Springsteen. Frequently featured in Springsteen and E Street Band concert performances, it first appeared on the Born to Run album in 1975. It was also released as the B-side to Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” single.

The topic of the song is the rock staple of an intensely attractive, but cold-hearted woman, who causes massive emotional turmoil for her lover. Although the singer knows the woman is a liar, he wants to believe her.[3] The lyrics reflect both the joys and yearnings of summer nights. Like other songs on Born to Run, “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Night”, the story of the relationship is told in a flashback. Musically, it has a staccato beat and a rhythm reminiscent of that of “Bo Diddley” songs. As if to emphasize the Diddley-like riff, Springsteen has sometimes led into “She’s the One” in concert with a Diddley song - either “Bo Diddley” or “Mona”. The percussive piano sound and the rhythms that are reminiscent of some Buddy Holly songs sound like an homage to older rock ‘n’ roll songs.

“She’s the One” has connections with other Springsteen songs. The line from Backstreets “I hated you when you went away” was originally a line in “She’s the One”. “She’s the One” includes references to French cream and French kisses, which were originally included in an early Springsteen song, “Santa Ana”. Springsteen has claimed that he wrote the song primarily because he wanted to hear E-Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons play its sax solo, and after he wrote the melody he wanted to hear he filled in the words.


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