Darkness on the edge of town: The promised land

I got to know this song from the Barcelona video and after that from YouTube (where I learned to love most songs long before I could acquire the cd’s).  I just loved it from the start. The way he just goes wild on the harmonica adds a lot to the power of the song. Of course also the way he still sings it with so much passion after so many years.
And as always there are the images of somebody moving on, out of a situation into a better one …
Working all day in my daddy’s garage
Driving all night chasing some mirage …
If  I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in the promised land …
Full lyrics at http://brucespringsteen.net/songs/ThePromisedLand.html
Video from 1978:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lPzWPXhbVI All of them so young and thin and passionate. Now nobody is young and everybody is not so thin anymore, but the passion is still there. And I think that is essentially what they are about.

Paris 1985: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsT2oA4xPiQ Does not seem to have the same power. And the muscles and sweatband don’t really do it for me. But still a beautiful song. Also love the backing vocals. And of course the harmonica. And I wonder how they managed all those cables. Wonderful speech at the end of the video before the next song (My hometown).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsRNqF0CbC8&feature=related Barcelona 2003 – my absolute favourite!

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