The Song On Darkness On The Edge Of Town By Bruce Springsteen

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Oftentimes musicians draw from their own lives, past and present, to find inspiration for their music. Sometimes they will pick out past experiences or people to write about, and it makes the music more personal and interesting. In the case of Bruce Springsteen, he grew up relatively poor in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and frequently talks about the people he grew up with. Because of Bruce Springsteen’s civilian background, he was inspired to write Darkness on the Edge of Town, a concept album about the struggles of the working class. The first song on Darkness on the Edge of Town, “Badlands”, is about the struggles that the working class have to face everyday. Bruce represents the workingman, the blue-collar majority because he grew up in a blue-collar family. This song was a hit because Springsteen’s fans felt that they could relate to the lyrics. The protagonist does not “…give a damn/For the same old played out scenes/Baby, I don 't give a damn/For just the in-betweens/Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul/I want control right now…” He is tired of the fact that his life seems to be going nowhere, and at this point he does not care about the “in-betweens”. All that he wants to do is jump-start his life and get some sort of sense of meaning and power. He wants to be in control of his own life and do what he wants to do, not what he has to do. Despite the fact that the protagonist wants to be in control of his own life, there are some setbacks. “Talk about a dream, Try

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