Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Cross My Heart” (1992)

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“Cross My Heart” immediately struck me as one of those little naughty slice of life vignette’s to be placed alongside songs like “Pink Cadillac” and (more recently) “You’ve Got It.” The innuendo is about as subtle as most old blue tunes (read: not), but that’s part of it’s charm.

I was lyin’ there with something sweet and salty in my mouth

And very much like those old blues sides, this one just lopes along with a singular sense of purpose. There are all manner of twangy guitar asides here and there that add to the atmosphere…though I really could have done without that burbling synthesizer that shows up. But hey, this was a weird period for Bruce, musically and otherwise.

Like a lot of tunes from Human Touch, “Cross My Heart” was only played a few times live: twice to be exact. And here’s performance number two — stripped back (mostly) to Bruce and his guitar & harmonica.

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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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