Song Lyric Sunday: Power Pop – ‘Born To Run’

Another confession this week, after admitting to my only hazy idea of what constituted Indy rock last time.

When I saw that this week’s prompt was ‘power pop songs’ I thought perhaps Jim meant the kind of thing (not usually my thing) that is often referred to as a ‘power ballad’. Fortunately, however, I availed myself of the research possibilities of the internet and discovered that power pop is something different.

Power pop, it transpires, is a harder type of pop rock that combines classic rock group instrumentation with catchy pop hooks highlighting the lead vocalist.

Now we’re talking. So if you’re looking for powerful lead vocals and recognizable guitar riffs there are no better exponents than The Boss himself.

In the day, we sweat it out on 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
Oh, 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
Yes, girl, we were

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
Oh, will you walk with me out on the wire?
‘Cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta know how it feels
I want to know if love is wild, babe
I want to know if love is real
Oh, can you show me?

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

(1, 2, 3, 4) 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 can live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
Oh, 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

Oh honey, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run
Come on with me, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run

Written by Bruce Springsteen

Song Lyric Sunday 11 December 2022

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