Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Sherry Darling" (1980)

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Some fans look at The River as an album that contains several truly masterful songs, interspersed with a bunch of light-hearted throwaways. Yeah, there are some people out there who can’t take “happy Bruce.”

Well, that’s not me.

Well I got some beer and the highway’s free
And I got you, and baby you’ve got me.
Hey, hey, hey what you say Sherry Darlin’

“Life is short” might be a cliché, but there’s a lot of truth in it. So if I can sit here and listen to “Sherry Darling,” remembering a budding love, boozy college singalongs, and other moments of sheer bliss, then that’s just what I’m going to do. The world is better for this song, so stow your dour outlook and have a little fun listening to Bruce proclaim while Clarence, the “greatest human being that ever lived,” blasts happily away.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at [email protected]
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