Tramps like us

September 7, 2008 at 8:27 pm 1 comment

Yes, I’m sure that phrase sounds familiar to most people. And there is indeed a context. Silly me! I got so caught up in all the emotional, spiritual, psychological and literary stuff that I almost completely forgot about the FUN part of my trip to Nashville. Or let’s say, another fun part. Nothing like a purely relaxing hot bath by candlelight and a little glass of berry schnapps to get the old memory in gear.

It suddenly occurred to me that something quite unexpected happened while I was visiting my dear friend Stacey. We wanted to go to this nice place for dinner, but at 4 pm all of the tables were reserved already! We got one of the high tables to stand at in the bar, and had a nice meal. Within half an hour, the place was full. What was going on? Oh, just Bruce Springsteen was doing a concert across the street that night. I guess I like him, but I wouldn’t consider myself a fan, and it never would have occurred to me to try to get tickets for a concert if he were playing nearby. That’s just to provide the background.

So, back to the bar/restaurant. The place is getting really crowded, and we are being kind and letting the less fortunate put their drinks on our table. We enjoyed talking with lots of people. At some point, this guy walks up and asks if he could borrow the table to sign the check. Stacey, always quite charming, says that anybody with such nice blue eyes is quite entitled to use our table. (Something like that, I don’t remember the exact words.) After a brief chat, he mentioned that he had two extra tickets for the concert. Well, all we had in mind that night was to go to a Karaoke bar later, so we were pretty flexible. He gave us the tickets, and said if we didn’t need them, to give them to someone else. Is that cool or what? Seriously.

There was not a speck of doubt in our minds. We headed over to the concert and had a great time. It was a fantastic concert. I was impressed by the lyrics of some songs. (I confess, I really don’t know much beyond his greatest hits.) And the energy he exuded was incredible! It was really uplifting to see how much fun he was having, how much he enjoyed the evening. Stacey and I really had fun rocking away and singing along whenever we could. What a night! Unexpected turns like that really make life interesting.

I will include this song, because I want to take a look at the lyrics myself.

Born to Run

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs round these velvet rims
And strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap
We’ll run till we drop, baby we’ll never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
`cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta find out how it feels
I want to know if love is wild, girl I want to know if love is real

Beyond the palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody’s out on the run tonight but there’s no place left to hide
Together Wendy we’ll live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I don’t know when we’re gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and we’ll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run

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  • 1. SanityFound  |  September 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Lucky lucky lucky! Sorry have been quiet – has been hectic times!


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