Nov 2 2020

Bruce Springsteen Live – Von seinem Zuhause in dein Zuhause / Volume 14

Die 14. Ausgabe der Radioshow „From My Home To Yours“ am 31. Oktober 2020 war die bisher kürzeste Sendung dieser Reihe. Bruce Springsteen nutzte die fünfzig Sendeminuten, um alle Hörer aufzurufen, am 3. November 2020 zur Wahl zu gehen und einen neuen Präsidenten ins Amt zu verhelfen.

Bruce Springsteen eröffnete die Sendung mit „Hello and welcome, ghouls, fools, witches, blood-sucking politicians, zombie denizens of Washington, DC“ und stellte klar, dass dieses Halloween das Erschreckendste ist, welches er je erlebt hat.

„Angesichts der derzeitigen Bewohner des Weissen Hauses wird es langsam Zeit, in ein paar Tagen diesen Penner rauszuwerfen“ fuhr Springsteen fort und ermutigte alle Wahlberechtigten, am kommenden Dienstag die richtige Entscheidung zu treffen und Donald Trump aus dem Amt zu kegeln.

„A good portion of our fine country, to my eye, has been thoroughly hypnotized — brainwashed by a con man from Queens! You mix in some jingoism, some phony patriotism, „fear of a black planet,“ vanity, narcissism, paranoia, conspiracy theories, and a portion of our nation undergoing mass delusions and teetering on violence… and you’re left with the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime“.

Springsteen beklagte die fehlende Menschlichkeit im Weissen Haus und las ein Gedicht von Elayne Griffin Baker vor:

There is no art in this White House.
There is no literature. No poetry. No music.
There are no pets in this White House.
No loyal man’s best friend. No Socks the family cat.
No kids science fairs.
No times when this president takes off his
blue suit-red tie uniform and becomes human, except when he puts on his white shirt- khaki
pants uniform and hides from the American people to
play golf.
There are no images of the first family
enjoying themselves together in a moment
of relaxation.
No Obamas on the beach in Hawaii
moments, or Bushes fishing in Kennebunkport, no Reagans on horseback, no Kennedys playing touch football on the Cape.…

Where did that country go? Where did all
of the fun and joy and expression of love and happiness go? We used to be the country that did the ice bucket challenge and raised millions for charity.
We used to have a president who calmed and
soothed the nation instead of dividing it.
And a First Lady who planted a garden
instead of ripping one out.
We are rudderless and joyless.
We have lost the cultural aspects of
society that make America great.
We have lost our mojo. Our fun, our happiness.
Our cheering on of others.
The shared experience of humanity that makes it all worth it.
The challenges and the triumphs that we shared and celebrated.
The unique can-do spirit that American
has always been known for.
We are lost.
We have lost so much
In so short a time.

Bruce Springsteen beendete die Sendung mit dem Aufruf: „On November third, vote them out.“


The Ran-Dells – „Martian Hop“
Mike Oldfield – „Tubular Bells“ (Instrumental)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – „Run Through the Jungle“
Leonard Cohen – „Everybody Knows“
Nina Simone – „I Put a Spell on You“
Barack Obama – 2020 Democratic National Convent
Bruce Springsteen – „Death to My Hometown“
George Mann, Julius Margolin & Friends – „Farewell to the Thief!“ (Instrumental)
Bryson Gray – „Trump Is Your President“
Jay-Z – „My President is Black“
The Legendary Shack Shakers – „Thin the Herd“
Castaways – „Liar, Liar“
James Brown – „Get On Up, Get Into It, Get Involved“
Woody Guthrie – „This Land Is Your Land“
Instrumental Interlude: Stephan Moccio – „Sea Change“
Gedicht von Elayne Griffin Baker
Leonard Cohen – „Democracy“
Pete Seeger – „America the Beautiful“ (Instrumental)
Bruce Springsteen – „The Promised Land“

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Okt 13 2020

Bruce Springsteen Live – Von seinem Zuhause in dein Zuhause / Volume 13

In der 13. Ausgabe der Radiosendung „From My Home to Yours“ auf Sirius XM E Street Radio sprach Bruce Springsteen ausschliesslich über Autos. Er begrüsste alle Autofreaks von Küste zu Küste und lies es sich nicht nehmen, während der knapp zweistündigen Show Geschichten zu erzählen und 26 Songs zu spielen.

Your dad and his car: those were two things that could not be separated. All I remember was my old man coming home, bringing home a new used car. Park it out on the grass in the backyard. We’d all come hustling out of the house, stand around it — couldn’t get in it yet, not til he said it was all right. But we’d run our hands over the fins, all over the hood, and finally Pop would say, „All right, everybody in!“ And we’d hustle in that car. He’d start that thing up, slip it into gear, and pull us out on the main street, and we just went for a cruise. And for a short while we felt like the Springsteen family are the kings of this highway! It was just one of the deepest memories of my childhood.

Der Zuhörer erfährt, dass der Episodentitel „My Kingdom for a Car“ an die gleichnamige Komposition des aus Texas stammenden Singer/Songwriters Phil Ochs angelehnt ist. Ferner nahm sich Springsteen das Recht heraus, immer wieder aus Jack Kerouacs Roman „On the Road“ (auf deutsch: Unterwegs) vorzulesen. Der Literatur­klassiker wurde im Jahre 1957 in den Vereinigten Staaten erstveröffentlicht und gilt als Manifest der sogenannten Beat Generation.

Jack Kerouac – On the Road (Unterwegs)

In „Unterwegs“ erzählt Jack Kerouac die Geschichte der von der Ostküste stammenden Männer Dean Moriarty und Sal Paradise, die sich auf verschiedene Reisen durch die USA und Mexiko begeben. Angetrieben durch die Gier nach Drogen, Frauen und Jazz trampen die Beiden von Bundesstaat zu Bundesstaat, fahren mit Greyhound Bussen und rasen mit schnellen Autos von Küste zu Küste.

Während Bruce Springsteen in der 12. Ausgabe seiner Radiosendung auf eigene Songs verzichtete, legte er in der aktuellen Folge mit „Open All Night“ (Live), „Brothers Under the Bridges“ und „Dive All Night“ drei eigene Lieder auf.

Zum Ende der Sendung verabschiedete sich Bruce Springsteen standesgemäss mit folgenden Worten:

„Stay safe, stay healthy and strong behind the wheel. Keep your radio on, and God bless you.“


Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra – „Theme From Route 66“
Jason and the Scorchers – „My Kingdom for a Car“
Depeche Mode – „Route 66“
Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats – „Rocket 88“
Sir Mix-a-Lot – „My Hooptie“
1 AMVRKA – „American Muscle“
Chuck Berry – „No Particular Place to Go“
[Lesung] Caren Krutsinger’s „In an Instant“
The Clash – „Brand New Cadillac“
Tom Robinson Band – „2-4-6-8 Motorway“
The Screaming Blue Messiahs – „Jesus Chrysler Drives a Dodge“
Fleshtones – „Ride Your Pony“
Nas (featuring Charlie Wilson) – „Car #85“
Robert Mitchum – „Ballad of Thunder Road“
Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band – „Open All Night“ (Live in Dublin)
[Lesung] Jack Kerouac – On the Road
Bob Dylan – „From a Buick 6“
[Lesung] Jack Kerouac – On the Road
Jackson Browne – „Running on Empty“
Jo Dee Messina – „Silver Thunderbird“
Guy Clark – „Out in the Parking Lot“
The Vulgar Boatmen – „Drive Somewhere“
Bruce Springsteen – „Brothers Under the Bridges (’83)“
[Lesung] Jack Kerouac – On the Road
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – „Roadrunner“
Bruce Springsteen – „Drive All Night“

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Sep 17 2020

Bruce Springsteen Live – Von seinem Zuhause in dein Zuhause / Volume 12

Bruce Springsteen begann die zwölfte Ausgabe seiner beliebten Radioshow auf Sirius XM E Street Radio mit dem Beach Boys Song „Caroline, No“. Die Komposition stammt aus Brian Wilson und Tony Ashers Feder und wurde im März 1966 als Single veröffentlicht.

Break my heart
I want to go and cry
It’s so sad to watch a sweet thing die
Oh, Caroline why

Could I ever find in you again
The things that made me love you so much then
Could we ever bring ‚em back once they have gone
Oh, Caroline no

Die aktuelle Ausgabe des Radioformats „From My Home to Yours“ stand unter dem Motto „Summer’s End“ und Bruce Springsteen gab zu Protokoll, dass er den Sommer über alles liebt und ihn der Abschied von der heissen Jahreszeit schmerzt.

„E Street Nation, fans, friends, back-to-schoolers, and listeners from coast to coast: welcome to our end-of-summer spectacular! It is always a bittersweet time of year, but it is my favorite season: September and October, locals‘ summer. Our Shore summer guests have headed home, and the beaches, boardwalks, and sea are ours. A blissful six weeks of summer weather. Dry air, west winds, good waves, and warm fires await“.

Während der sechzigminütigen Sendung rezitierte Bruce Springsteen aus dem Stanley Kunitz Gedicht „End Of Summer“ und stellte klar, dass das Sommerende widersprüchliche Gefühle weckt: „Es ist das Ende von etwas Wunderbarem und der Beginn von etwas Neuem“.

„The end of summer stirs so many conflicting feelings. It’s the season whose end is most pronounced. It is truly the end of something wonderful and the beginning of something new. Fall, with its fair days, dry winds, and unknown-ness.“

Bruce Springsteen legte mit „Summer’s Almost Gone“ einen seiner Doors Lieblingslieder auf, spielte „Summer’s Love“ der Chantels sowie „Green Fields of Summer“ von Peter Wolf und erzählte, wie es ist, nach einem langen Tag in der Küstenstadt Manasquan, NJ nach Hause zu kommen.

„Man, all I remember was coming home from the beach to my folks‘ with sand everywhere. Sand in my pants, sand all over the car, sand in all your toys, sand in your ears, sand in your hair! This is the Drifters with „I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes,“ which was an answer record by the way, to „Under the Boardwalk,“ which was an answer record to „Up on the Roof“ — a perfect summer triplicate“.

Darüber hinaus erinnerte er sich an eine Motorradtour im Jahre 1990 zurück und berichtete, wie man sich in der Mojave Wüste fühlt.

„In 1990, just after my 40th birthday, at the end of summer, my friends and I would motorcycle across the Mojave. I always found something endlessly reassuring and comforting in all the nothingness of the desert. My mind at ease, we’d ride for days on state roads, with nothing but Four Corner desert towns at 100-mile intervals to break our hejira — our travels“.

„With eternity laid out before you, you ride under a sun so blistering you had to cover every inch of exposed skin. With long-sleeve blue-jean shirts, full jeans, gloves, wet bandanas covering our faces, we’d ride til dark and then bunk in roadside motels. Sitting outside of our rooms, nursing beers, rehashing the day’s ride, listening to some music. Just there, in the company of smoldering heat and a few other travelers, with their own reasons for being on these deserted back roads“.

„The next morning, you’d watch Air Force jets heading for desert test ranges, leaving six-string vapor trails across the September Mojave sky. We’d bungee our backpacks to our bikes, soak our bandanas in the sink, tie one around your neck, the other around your nose and mouth, fire up some thunder, and ready to go ride straight into the featureless sky“.

Immer wieder griff Bruce Springsteen das Thema Sommerende auf und verwies auf die Schüler, die nun wieder in die Bildungsanstalten zurück kehren müssen.

„The end of summer always felt like a small death. Back to school, locked behind a desk, as the streets were still warm and basking in the freedom of the September summer sun. But come Labor Day, it was as if folks just flipped a switch and seemed determined to deny the late-summer paradise of empty beaches and perfect days, thriving at their most beautifully seductive outside the windows of their offices, factories, and schools“.

„That was something I was never able to do. And these were the days when that loss ached at me: unfinished summer business, lost love affairs, unrequited summer crushes, girls still waiting on quiet corners for summer boyfriends. All this hovered over me like the pungent scent of suntan oil on the tanned, unfamiliar skin of all of those out-of-state girls — who’ve now returned to school, and Mom and Pop, and chilly days and nights, and who have put you away with all the other townies, in a box labeled, SUMMER“

Zum Abschluss der Show kam Bruce Springsteen auf den am 7. April 2020 verstorbenen Countrysänger und Liedermacher John Prine zu sprechen und zitierte eine Textzeile aus einem seiner letzten Songs:

Summer’s end’s around the bend just flying
The swimming suits are on the line just drying…
Just like that ol‘ house we thought was haunted
Summer’s end came faster than we wanted
(John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness)

Bruce Springsteen bezeichnete John Prine als „nationalen Schatz“ und nannte Van Morrison „Maestro“. „… but it’s Brian Wilson who’s really the patron saint of this episode“ fuhr Springsteen fort und beendete die Sendung mit den beiden Beach Boys Songs „Think About the Days“ und „Summers Gone“.

„By four on the beach, the weekend after Labor Day, there is a thin, drifting coolness in the air. The sun will soon be marking its late-summer season descent over the peaked beach cottages at Manasquan. My sister Ginny and I are wrapped, fully burka-like, in beach towels, changing from our bathing suits into our pajamas for one last feature at the drive-in before the beginning of school and the end of all that is good. My mother is nearby, standing guard as we reach out and hand her sand-filled swimsuits that, as we are growing now, we may never see again“.

„We grab hot dogs and ice cream for dinner at Carlson’s Corner. We watch burly men pull in striped bass and fluke off the Manasquan jetty. And we chase each other around the pavilion where today the ghost of my beautiful grandmother sits, enjoying the late-summer ocean breeze. And then, we’re all packed in the car heading off to the Shore drive-in“.

„By dusk, Ginny and I are ’neath the arc of the huge screen and the playground below with a dozen or more other kids, holding on to the roundabout until we come uncorked, spinning off in a dizzy trance“.

„Then dusk, and here come the cartoons — classic Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny — and it’s a run back to the car as we hear my dad leaning on the car horn, egging on the main feature. The screen clock starts ticking down, ten minutes for snacks and bathrooms before the show starts, and it’s on“.

„Tonight, we’ll see just one film — something my parents wanted to see called Blonde in a White Convertible — that has my mother telling us, „Don’t look! Don’t look!“ for certain adult scenes. And then it’s an early ride home“.

„About halfway back, on a pitch-black Route 33 — slightly past the recently defunct Cowboy City theme park, where at one time you could see a cheeseball shoot-out on Main Street, any weekend afternoon — a young buck comes bolting out of the wooded Earle Naval Ammunition depot on the right side of the highway and leaps over the hood of the car, its body filling the entire windshield, its left eye shining with blood, animal spirits, and fear. And we are only measurable inches away from eternity. Before he miraculously disappears into the woods, a late-summer spirit on the far side of the highway“.

„The car is in an uproar. We have crossed paths with wild, feral magic. Summer is over. So until we meet again, stay strong, stay smart, stay healthy, stay safe, stay summer… and I’ll see you on the beach“.


The Beach Boys – „Caroline No“
The Doors – „Summer’s Almost Gone“
The Chantels – „Summer’s Love“
Stanley Kunitz’s „End of Summer“ (Gedicht)
Peter Wolf und Neko Case – „The Green Fields of Summer“
Afghan Whigs – „Summer’s Kiss“
The Motels – „Suddenly Last Summer“
The Drifters – „I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes“
Beck – „Phase + Turn Away“
Iain Archer – „Summer Jets“
R.E.M. – „Summer Turns to High“
Beck – „Morning“
John Prine – „Summer’s End“
Michael Andrews – „A Long Summer Since Passed“
Van Morrison – „These Are the Days“
The Beach Boys – „Think About the Days“
The Beach Boys – „Summer’s Gone“
Frank Sinatra – „Summer Wind“

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Sep 3 2020

Bruce Springsteen Live – Von seinem Zuhause in dein Zuhause / Volume 11

Am ersten Montag im September wird in den Vereinigten Staaten der “Labor Day” begangen. Der “Tag der Arbeit” erinnert an den Gewerkschaftsvertreter Terence Vincent Powderly, der im Jahre 1869 die “Knights of Labor” (Ritter der Arbeit) gründete und sich als Wortführer der Arbeitnehmer für einen Achtstundentag einsetzte. Darüber hinaus vertrat der Visionär die Meinung, dass alle Menschen, unabhängig von Rasse und Geschlecht, für die gleiche Arbeit auch den gleichen Lohn erhalten sollten.

Das “Labor Day” Wochenende läutet gleichzeitig das Ende der Summer Holidays (Sommerferien) ein. Besonders Familien nutzen diesen staatlichen Feiertag, um noch einmal die Strände zu besuchen und Sonne zu tanken. Tags drauf sind alle schulpflichtigen Jugendlichen aufgerufen, in die High Schools, Colleges und Elementary Schools zurückzukehren.

Bruce Springsteen präsentierte am 1. September 2020 die elfte Ausgabe seiner Radioshow „From My Home to Yours“ auf Sirius XM E Street Radio und ging der Frage nach, ob er als Rock Star über die Sorgen der Arbeiterklasse sprechen und urteilen darf. Bruce Springsteen sagte, dass die Arbeiter arbeiten und die Autoren schreiben. Trotzdem spiegeln sich in Bruce Springsteens Lieder immer wieder die Anliegen der Arbeiter wieder.

„Greetings E Street Nation, friends, fans and listeners from coast to coast! Welcome to our Labor Day extravaganza. Today we are celebrating the American working man and woman — all the folks that keep our world spinning ‚round and ‚round“.

Bruce Springsteen spielte während der zweistündigen Show viele Songs und nutzte die Gelegenheit, um einige Gedichte und Texte zu rezitieren. Unter anderem erinnerte Springsteen an den im Jahre 1879 in Schweden geborenen Emmanuel Häggling, der anno 1902 mit seiner Familie nach New York emigrierte. Dort angekommen gab er sich den Namen Joe Hill und zog nach Westen, um in Kalifornien heimisch zu werden und sich der radikalen Gewerkschaft „Industrial Workers of the World“ anzuschliessen. Joe Hill organisierte in der Folgezeit Streiks und arbeitete an einer neuen Lohnskala, die den Arbeitern kürzere Arbeitszeiten und bessere Lebensumstände versprach.

Am 10. Januar 1914 wurde Joe Hill der Prozess gemacht. Er wurde trotz mangelnder Beweise angeklagt, einen Lebensmittelhändler ermordet und ausgeraubt zu haben. Obwohl der schwedische Generalkonsul als auch US Präsident Woodrow Wilson Einspruch einlegten, wurde er vom obersten Gerichtshof des Staates Utah zum Tode verurteilt und am 19. November 1915 hingerichtet.

Am Tag vor seiner Hinrichtung schrieb Joe Hill in seinem Testament folgendes:

My will is easy to decide
For there is nothing to divide
My kin don’t need to fuss and moan
„Moss does not cling to rolling stone“

My body? Oh, if I could choose
I would to ashes it reduce
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow
Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.

This is my Last and final Will.
Good Luck to All of you
– Joe Hill

Nachdem Bruce Springsteen Joe Hills Testament verlesen und seine Liveversion der Pete Seeger Komposition „Joe Hill“, den Public Enemy Klassiker „Fight the Power“ sowie andere Protestlieder gespielt hat, wendete er sich Donna Summer zu und erzählte, dass er Mitte der 1980er Jahre „Cover Me“ für sie geschrieben hat:

„She works hard for the money! I had the pleasure of writing a song and doing a session with Donna and Quincy Jones in the mid-’80s. She was absolutely lovely. I originally wrote „Cover Me“ for her, and then Mr. Landau heard it and, doing his duty as my manager, advised me to keep it. So I wrote a song „Protection“ for her and recorded it with her. Good… but no „Cover Me“.

Bruce Springsteen verbindete in seiner elften Radioshow traditionelle Arbeiterlieder mit kommerziellen Heartland Rock und lies sich sich nicht nehmen, Songs von John Mellencamp und Bob Seger zu spielen.

Die Sendung endete mit folgenden Worten:

„That’s our show for today, folks. Until we meet again, stay strong, stay healthy, stay safe… and have a wonderful Labor Day“.


Aaron Copland – „Fanfare for the Common Man“
Roy Orbison – „Workin‘ for the Man“
Joe Ely – „Working on the Highway“
Mick Flavin – „Working Woman“
Jimmy Tingle – „Labor Day“
Langston Hughes’s „Steel Mills“ (Gedicht)
Bruce Springsteen – „Youngstown“
Woody Guthrie – „Union Maid“
Hazel Dickens – „Rebel Girl“
Joe Hill’s „My Last Will“ (Gedicht)
Bruce Springsteen – „Joe Hill“ (Live in Tampa, FL, 2014)
Public Enemy – „Fight the Power“
Bruce Springsteen – „Clampdown“ (Live in Sunrise, FL 2014)
Bruce Springsteen – „Badlands“ (Live in Tempe, AZ, 1980)
Philip Levine’s „What Work Is“ (Gedicht)
Rage Against the Machine – „The Ghost of Tom Joad“
Donna Summer – „She Works Hard for the Money“
Valerie June – „Workin‘ Woman Blues“
Patti Smith – „Piss Factory“
John Mellencamp – „Pink Houses“
Peter Gabriel – „Don’t Give Up“
Bob Seger – „Like a Rock“
Instrumental: Ola Gjello – „Crystal Sky“
Walt Whitman „I Hear America Singing“ (Gedicht)

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Aug 15 2020

Bruce Springsteen Live – Von seinem Zuhause in dein Zuhause / Volume 10

Am 12. August 2020 war Bruce Springsteen erneut im Sirius Studio zu Gast und präsentierte die zehnte Ausgabe seiner Radiosendung „From My Home to Yours“. Diesmal stand die Show unter dem Motto „In Dreams“.

Die Sendung startete gegen Mitternacht und Bruce Springsteen erzählte, dass er die meiste Zeit in seinem Leben keine grosse Vorliebe für den Tag hatte. „Als Kind war ich ein Nachtkrieger und der Sonnenaufgang brachte nur Hindernisse“.

„For most of my life, I had no great fondness for the day. A born night crawler, up till 3 a.m. as a young child. Waking too early, schoolwork, and somebody else running my life. But at night I found my mind came to life. I felt a stimulation, and a creative excitement, a freedom, that eluded me in the day. At night, I felt most like myself.“

Als ersten Song präsentierte Bruce Springsteen das Instrumental „Man With a Harmonica“ des kürzlich verstorbenen italienischen Komponisten Ennio Morricone.

Bruce Springsteen sagte:

„Man With a Harmonica helped dim the lights and strike a cinematic vibe“.

„Man With a Harmonica“ wurde für den Sergio Leone Western „Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod“ im Jahre 1968 verwendet und machte Ennio Morricone zu einer Legende.

Bruce Springsteen fuhr fort:

„All that night was just something that came naturally to me. There was just something I loved about being awake as the straight world slept. It excited me. It sparked my creativity. And it gave me the uninterrupted peace and quiet I needed to work.

Occasionally, I’d break curfew, just to get out of the house. I’d take a 2 or 3 a.m. night drive in my ’60 ‚Vette, over the local roads of Monmouth County; the darkness and shadows of the highway at night was where I lived. I was a wandering spirit, barely there, looking briefly into the dimly lit homes where I could be living any one of a thousand other lives, filled with family and friends. But I wasn’t. For now, the life I chose was here: the life of words, the life of song, the life of these roads, of these evenings. This life — and all it gave, and all it withheld — was my life“.

Nach der Eigenkompositon „Stolen Car“ und dem The War On Drugs Lied „Strangest Thing“ erzählte Bruce Springsteen aus seiner Jugend und gab zu Protokoll, dass er eine Persona non grate im Zuhause seiner ersten Freundin war. Ich wurde von der Mutter meiner Freundin als unerwünscht eingestuft.

„I was persona non grata at my first real girlfriend’s house. It was 1965. Maybe it was the hair, my cultivated look of dishevelment, but whatever it was, I was marked as an undesirable by my perfect girlfriend’s mother.

Now, I was 15, and my gal was a year younger than me, 14. But though a year younger, she had a surprising, burgeoning sexuality that showed me up for being as inexperienced as I was at that age. But, I had one thing going for me: I was forbidden. I was not to be had. I was not to be touched. And she had a bit of a closeted rebellious streak of her own. So when mom was away, we ventured to mom’s bedroom, where she introduced me, for the first time, to what I think was full-on sex — though due to the fog of war, 55 years later, I can’t be completely sure. All I remember was she was beautiful, with a softness and a kindness cut by a streak of cruelty I should have took more notice of.

Now, in the shadows always lurked a major problem to our paradise. You see, she was solidly middle class: perfect plaid skirt, blouse with the Peter Pan collar, white socks, long blond tresses. I was a denizen from the far side of nowhere, where blacks intermingled with whites, where a man never left his house in a suit unless he was going to church or in trouble. Where the firemen, and the truck drivers, and the auto workers gathered around each other’s porches on summer nights and passed beers and stories of the week around.

Well, her mother could not help but be disappointed in and disapprove of who she thought I was. So the word came down, and she theatrically threatened to get a restraining order that would forbid me from seeing her perfect daughter.

Now, her perfect daughter had plenty of „Fuck you, Mom“ in her, so we began to meet at night, at the Broad Street schoolyard. And there, amongst the empty monkey bars and sliding boards and swings and seesaws, stood an oak tree that became our rendezvous and redemption point. We worked and leaned hard against that oak’s trunk on many a summer and fall night, trying to find whatever pleasure and satisfaction we could there. She stole time from Mama, girlfriends, and homework to meet me there. It was always too short, and a little painful. But at least she’d come, and we were there together.

Then one night she didn’t come. Or the next night, either. So I sat on the swings with the rest of the ghosts, dragging my feet through stones and dirt, until 2 a.m. Then I went home. The revolution was over. Whatever use I had been, I was needed no longer. I had engaged the enemy on the field of the battle of love, and I had been defeated. Or maybe she just got tired of it all — became too much of a hassle.

Well, I finally caught her at her locker in school, one morning, and she tried to be kind, but I wouldn’t let her. I wanted to hear her say it was all over. So she said it. I went home, and I decided to rid myself of her, to relieve my heart of her, to release my mind of the burden of thinking of her. It didn’t work. I’d see her in my dreams“.

Im weiteren Verlauf der knapp zweistündigen Sendung rezitiert Springsteen unter anderem aus dem Robert Louis Stevenson Gedicht „The Land of Nod“ und zeichnet Barszenen nach, die an den Song „Tougher Than The Rest“ erinnern.

Bruce Springsteen beendete die Sendung mit folgenden Worten:

„How do we live beneath the beauty of God’s hand? How do we become worthy of the love that he’s made possible for us on Earth? And how do we light and carry our own lamp through the darkness? How do we be brave in His name and in our love?“


Ennio Morricone – „Man With a Harmonica“
Lee Hazelwood und Nancy Sinatra – „Some Velvet Morning“
Ludovico Einaudi – „Night“
Lana Del Rey – „American“
Moby – „Fireworks“
Bruce Springsteen – „Stolen Car“
The War on Drugs: „Strangest Thing“
Brian Eno – „Always Returning“
Leonard Cohen – „In My Secret Life“
Bruce Springsteen – „Breakaway“
Bruce Springsteen – „Meeting Across the River“
Ry Cooder – „Cancion Mixteca“
Bruce Springsteen – „Sad Eyes“
Ola Gjeilo – „Before Dawn“
Bruce Springsteen – „Something in the Night“
Sigur Rós – „Ágaetis byrjun“
Roy Orbison – „In Dreams“
Mark Isham und Marianne Faithfull – „The Hawk (El Gavilan)“
Robert Shaw – „Beautiful Dreamer“
Reverend Horton Heat – „In Your Wildest Dreams“

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