Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "I Wanna Marry You" (1980)

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For all of the fun that skips its way through The River, there’s an equal amount of pathos and the very real weight of adult responsibilities. This little ballad, with our protagonist yearning to become a part of a certain lady’s future, is anything but little on the scale of heavyweight, real-life issues. There’s a certain romantic quality to this, the notion that she’s raising those two kids on her own and he wants to be a part of it. He knows that love can’t make things perfect, but that’s no reason not to try.

The video: I particularly like what Bruce did with this on the Devils & Dust tour.

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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 reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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