Bruce Springsteen Quotes (77 Quotes)

    It was just playing music. I didn't have any intention for it. I knew that I enjoyed making this kind of music. ... It was really just purely for the joy of doing it. It was a lot of fun.

    We just sit around talking about the old times She says when she feels like crying she starts laughing thinking about Glory days, well they'll pass you by Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye, Glory days, glory days

    got a wife and kids in baltimore jack, i went out for a ride and i never went back.

    Tex was someone who opened his house completely and let us come in and turn it up as loud as we wanted when everybody else was trying to get us to turn it down,

    I didn't know if it would be a success-ful one, or what the stages would be, but I always saw myself as a lifetime musician and songwriter.

    I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.

    I saw things I've never seen in an American city. The criminal ineptitude makes you furious. This is what happens when you play political games with people's lives.

    But then I go through long periods where I don't listen to things, usually when I'm working. In between the records and in between the writing I suck up books and music and movies and anything I can find.

    The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

    Some guys they just give up living, others start dying little by little piece by piece, some guys come home from work and wash up, and go racing in the streets.

    I'll let somebody else sort that part of it, I guess. But a lot of 'em seem pretty applicable, you know Mrs. McGrath is basically an Irish anti-war song, but it's ripped right out of the headlines everyday today.

    In the early years, I found a voice that was my voice and also partly my father's voice. But isn't that what you always do? Why do kids at 5 years old go into the closet and put their daddy's shoes on? Hey, my kids do it.

    Your success story is a bigger story than whatever you're trying to say on stage. Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier.

    The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.

    We're a long, long way from home. Home's a long, long way from us.

    When i look in your eyes is that you baby, or just a brilliant disguise.

    I'm in search of how to take the stuff I've written and make sure the audience hears it fresh again. It's been a lot of fun. I've enjoyed it.

    Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.

    I can sing very comfortably from my vantage point because a lot of the music was about a loss of innocence, there's innocence contained in you but there's also innocence in the process of being lost.

    Let's take the good times as they go, and I'll meet you further on up the road...

    You're singing in the voice of somebody who lived 100 years ago, some of them three, four hundred years ago.

    If they had told me I was the janitor and would have to mop up and clean the toilets after the show in order to play, I probably would have done it.

    Now those memories come back to haunt meThey haunt me like a curse

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiaryOut by the gas fires of the refineryI'm 10 years burning down the roadNowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go,

    I hadn't performed by myself in a while. It feels very natural to me, and I assume people come for the very same reasons as they do when I'm with the band: to be moved, for something to happen to them.

    I believe the war on poverty is a more American idea than the war on the war on poverty. I believe that most people feel like that. And I believe that it ain't over till it's over.

    I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you're 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life - certainly by the time you're 18.

    I think that is what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.

    But I think that your entire life is a process of sorting out some of those early messages that you got.

    You can go from doing something quite silly to something dead serious in the blink of an eye, and if you're making those connections with your audience then they're going to go right along with it.

    My only general rule was to steer away from things I played with the band over the past couple of tours. I was interested in re-shaping the Rising material for live shows, so people could hear the bare bones of that.

    I have my ideas, I have my music and I also just enjoy showing off, so that's a big part of it. Also, I like to get up onstage and behave insanely or express myself physically, and the band can get pretty silly.

    It's always felt natural, because I'm generally very comfortable with people.

    In the past, some of the songs that were the most fun, and the most entertaining and rocking, fell by the wayside because I was concerned with what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.

    I was 25 years old, with no place to go and nothing to do that helped, ... We worked, and worked, and worked. It was very frustrating. But in the end, luckily, all of everything we did ended up in there.

    This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for.

    When I first started in rock, I had a big guy's audience for my early records. I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid '80s.

    No, I always felt that amongst my core fans- because there was a level of popularity that I had in the mid '80s that was sort of a bump on the scale- they fundamentally understood the values that are at work in my work.

    My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.

    It's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin and can't stand the company.

    You can't start a fire, worryin about your little world fallin apart, this gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

    We remain a land of great promise, but we must move on, ... humility in exercising our power around the world.

    Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music.

    It was a show that could have the audience singing along to a joyful Blinded by the Light ... The Promised Land.

    Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks- and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves.

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