Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Long Goodbye” (1992)

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Here is a example of me never getting to the lyrics. Musically, “The Long Goodbye” goes nowhere. It just grinds along on the same small set of changes with a small bridge stuck in there. There’s just no “spice” to the music. So as to what the song is about? I never really cared. This doesn’t mean that the material has to be complex to get us there. Heck, “Pink Cadillac” is built on a simple blues progress and yet it totally rocks.

Does the fact that Bruce played this live only three times mean that he knew this was filler? I wouldn’t dare speak for the man but it sure wouldn’t surprise me.

There’s video out there of the song’s premier (June 6, 1992. Frankfurt, Germany). Go ahead and look it up if you want. I don’t really recommend it.

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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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  • richard

    Actually I have always loved this song. The lyrics drive the song as many do. Pink Cad if fun…but does not reach me like the long goodbye does at such a difficult time in my life.

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