Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day” (2002)

Oh yeah, the song that the “fans” love to hate. If you ask the typical fan on a Bruce Springsteen message forum, “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day” will come out on top as the “bathroom break” song. It is, apparently, a throwaway track, too lightweight to be taken seriously. Its odious and happy violin riff (my Gawd, will Bruce just get rid of Soozie already?!) is enough to make a fan stick a pencil in his ear. The song is so terrible that it has ruined many E-Street shows.


Bruce plays it at every show, deeming it one of the “new classics” for his younger generation of fans. The complainers would have you believe that a vast majority of fans hate the song. But hey, look around the arena during the song…if the vast majority of fans hate it, they have a funny way of showing it. All I see is a ton of people having a load of fun. It’s not exactly my favorite Bruce song either, but I can’t deny the fun in it. Heck, even the little kid singalong can be funny. Relax, will ya?!

Embed is from Hyde Park, where that sea of fans clearly hated the song from start to finish.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to, and Salon, he writes several 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
  • James

    I’m a long time Bruce fan. This is one of the songs I absolutely look forward to seeing in concert. Every show I attend, this is always a highlight. I don’t understand why people hate it so much. As you said, it’s completely FUN!

    Also, the kid sing-a-longs at each show are always funny and awesome. Bruce is a man of the people!