Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “I Wish I Were Blind” (1992)

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Haven’t we all been in this situation? I know I have. There’s a breakup and somewhere down the road you see your ex with somebody new. It can hurt, perhaps more than you were expecting.

The instrumentation on “I Wish I Were Blind,” especially the gauzy keyboards, reminds me of all that I hated about “Tunnel Of Love.” Even the backing vocals of the great Bobby Hatfield are lost in the soup. It’s too bad because the sentiment as presented in the lyrics is a beautiful one. Those opening lines “I love to see the cottonwood blossom/In the early spring” makes me think of Roy Orbison for some reason. Terrific stuff.

The live versions done during the “other band” tour brought a little more passion and were able to shake off some of the studio gloss, but they can’t compete with a stripped-down acoustic delivery. Check out this version, performed just this past may in Herning, Denmark.

Next up: The Long Goodbye

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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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