Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Darlington Country” (1984)

Road Trip!!

My summer of ’84 officially kicked off during the first listen to “Darlington Country.” And yeah, while we might have been more reserved on our road trips (nobody ended up in state trooper’s handcuffs), there was always plenty of music “blasting off the T-top.”

When I hear this now — the chiming guitars, the sha-la-la’s, Bruce calling out Clarence to let that sax roar…it’s hard to not let more than a little bit of that nostalgia take over. Let’s face it, age and adulthood have put a lot of distance between a responsibility-free romp down the highway and the ever-present now.

Up next: Working On The Highway

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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, 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
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