This morning I was driving to work like I do Tuesday thru Friday. As always I have music on and I sing along to the sounds of music and traffic. Bruce Springsteen's Thunder Road came on. A song I've sung since it was first release. This song was the national anthem of it's time. As I sung along with the song I seem to digest them differently this morning.
"The screen door slams
Mary's dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that's me and I want you only
Don't turn me home again
I just can't face myself alone again
Don't run back inside
darling you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking
That maybe we ain't that young anymore
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
Oh and that's alright with me"
"Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow back your hair
Well the night's busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back Heaven's waiting DOWN ON the tracks"
Well I got this guitar
And I learned how to make it talk
And my car's out back
If you're ready to take that long walk
From your front porch to my front seat
The door's open but the ride it ain't free
And I know you're lonely
For words that I ain't spoken
But tonight we'll be free
All the promises'll be broken
There were ghosts in the eyes Of all the boys you sent away
They haunt this dusty beach road In the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets
They scream your name at night in the street
Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
And in the lonely cool before dawn
You hear their engines roaring on
But when you get to the porch they're gone
On the wind, so Mary climb in
It's a town full of losers
And I'm pulling out of here to win"
After the song was over I asked myself, "What does that song mean to me?"
I came up with one word--Certainty. I believe that this is a song of Certainty. Certainty of knowing that what lies down that road is the thing that will make your dreams come true. That's why this song touched so many young kids at the time, and still does. It captured the wildness that stirred in your heart and it gave it a song that explained everything you yearned for when you were young.
It made me think of my youth; my dreams and the passions that I had when I was young, and it made me sad now, not finding myself standing before an unknown road and just wanting to chase the dreams I want to come true.