This is the most important reason to me, the one that defines the man: his lyrics.
I am a person who loves words and whose greatest challenge is to use words in new ways to create something new. It follows that I will have great admiration for someone who can do this well, and of course there are thousands of wonderful writers in many languages. But I have never found another singer/songwriter whose lyrics come near those of Mr Springsteen. Yes, he has a great musical talent (and I know some people would disagree!) and many, many other wonderful qualities. But his writing is what he first and foremost is about. I would rather not start listing examples, because the list will be virtually never-ending.
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