Darkness on the edge of town: Factory

I recently was lucky enough to visit a Springsteen-loving country and acquire an armfull of treasures, of which Darkness was one. And yes – just in time for the release of The Promise!
Previously I have only known Badlands, The Promised Land and Darkness on the edge of town (yes, I am a novice, but I am studying hard!). The first two I learned to love from the Barcelona DVD and the second was one of the first songs I got to know through YouTube.
But the little jewel that took me by surprise is Factory. So poignant, so deceptively simple. A brilliant example of only af few words used to paint a picture so clear, you just cannot forget it. Early in the morning factory whistle blows, man rises from bed and puts on his clothes … Can you see him? Can you sense the troubled mind of the boy who is watching him? Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain, I see my daddy walking through the factory gates in the rain …
But you do not only see Mr Springsteen Snr walking through the rain, you see millions of workers all over the world walking through all types of weather to all types of unfulfilling, dead end jobs which makes our lives better and more comfortable.

Thank you, Bruce!

3 thoughts on “Darkness on the edge of town: Factory

  1. I LOVE this, Marile! Bruce deserves to be adored. Congrats on your blog! I now have TWO South African blogs to follow. 🙂

  2. Thanks for visiting! The art of blogging is giving me great pleasure!
    A group of the writers of the Afrikaans publisher for whom I write romance novels, have come together today a year ago and started blogging together. (We did not know one another at all and lives all over the country). That blog (and two others which it has spawned, plus my personal blog which it spawned) became a force in my life. A positive force. Many of us has also met during this past year.
    So it was logical to start a Bruce blog and (try to!!) stop pestering my folks with my facts and insights about his work!
    I find blogging an amazingly creative activity. (And time consuming, of course!). Whereas I previously taught in English and Afrikaans, my environment is now totally Afrikaans, so this blog also gives me the opportunity to write in English.

  3. With the much-anticipated release of the commemorative box set for Darkness on the Edge of Town slated for this November, Bruce Springsteen’s classic record is getting renewed attention in the music world. Fans are surely hungry for all the historic material they can get from the 1978 recording sessions and subsequent tour. For a preview of what’s to come, we contacted Dick Wingate, who was intimately involved in the launch and marketing of the album and tour. He offers an insider’s view of what the Darkness era meant to Bruce and the band, while painting an often-humorous behind-the-scenes account of some of the tour’s highlights…check out the book The Light in Darkness, which one fan said, “… would make a great companion piece to the commemorative Darkness box set…”

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