Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin” (2005)

At first listen, this sounded like the Devils & Dust odd man out. The chorus is definitely something of an outlier with its sing-song, uplifting notes. I suppose you could say that the underlying story is uplifting as well, certainly when compared with the rest of the album. The guy’s determined not to recreate the wrongs of his absent father? Despite the “fun” chorus, “Long Time Comin’” does contain many hints of the past’s dark notes as well as a little (sardonically-delivered) hope reserved for the future. It fits.

Sadly, this tune hasn’t often seen the light of day with the E Street Band. Gotta say though, it was a blast with the Seeger Sessions Band but damnation, it sounded great in Coventry in 2013.

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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 Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org 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 reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.

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