Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Walk Like A Man” (1987)

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I’ve always thought of “Walk Like A Man” as a companion piece to Independence Day. Here we have Bruce looking back into the past, drawing a line all the way to when he was a little kid walking in his dad’s footprints … and then walking the line back through their points of contention to the present day. The distance between them, both in time and experience, is frozen with the lines:

Well I was young and I didn’t know what to do
When I saw your best steps stolen away from you.

It’s not easy to write a simple lyric with so much power.

Per usual, I’ve found a live version (I still can’t believe I missed the Devils & Dust tour) of this that keeps the original on the shelf (where it belongs, what with those horrid keyboard lines).

Up next: Tunnel Of Love

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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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