Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “With Every Wish” (1992)

Here Bruce presents a variation on “Be careful of what you wish for…,” turned sideways as “…with every wish comes a curse.” We want that job, no matter what it might do to us. We want that person, even if they’re not “the one.” The thing is, for the most part we really can’t help what we wish for, especially where matters of the heart of concerned. The longing can push us toward a decision. In Buddhism, the concept of detachment is supposed to free us from such desires. I’ve found that impossible to apply in these situations. It can be such a difficult call…and one made on our own, because only we can decide what is “right” (or so we think).

I have no idea if this was Bruce’s intent, but the muted trumpet played here (by Mark Isham) accentuates those lonely feelings that can come with regret. It also provides sonic counter point to our protagonist, who knows he’ll be taking another risk: because he has to.

The last time Springsteen played this live (Brendan Byrne Arena, 7/23/92), he introduced it as a sort of fairytale. Makes sense to me, as life does feel like that from time to time.

Up next: Roll Of The Dice

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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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