Monday, October 15, 2018

Shut Out The Light





When most people think of Bruce Springsteen they think of the songs Born to Run or, I don't know, Dancing in the Dark.  Every Springsteen fan has their favorite song, their favorite album. When someone mentions Bruce Springsteen to me, this is the song that comes to mind.  It wasn't released on an album, only as a B-Side to the overplayed "Born in the U.S.A" from 1984.  It's basic story is of a man that has come home from the war in Vietnam.  Everyone around him welcomes him home as if he's merely been away.  But the chorus tells of what he is going through that no one else can see.


"Oh Mama mama mama come quick
I've got the shakes and I'm gonna be sick
Throw your arms around me in the cold dark night
Hey now mama don't shut out the light..."

The song, to this day, gives me goosebumps.

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