"One Step Up" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn't burnin'
Went out and hopped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain't turnin'
We've given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain't learnin'
We're the same sad story that's a fact
One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room
But he ain't singin'
Girl in white outside a church in June
But the church bells they ain't ringing
I'm sittin' here in this bar tonight
But all I'm thinkin' is
I'm the same old story same old act
One step up and two steps back

It's the same thing night on night
Who's wrong baby who's right
Another fight and I slam the door on
Another battle in our dirty little war
When I look at myself I don't see
The man I wanted to be
Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
I'm caught movin' one step up and two steps back

There's a girl across the bar
I get the message she's sendin'
Mmm she ain't lookin' to married
And me well honey I'm pretending
Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms
The music was never-ending
We danced as the evening sky faded to black
One step up and two steps back


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"One Step Up" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song it was January of 2005, in the hot tub of the Hotel Beau Rivage in Biloxi Mississippi. It was my first vacation in over 5 years and that first full day I got there I spent 8 hours in that hot tub. It was 60 there and it was 8 in Chicago. I was a senior in High school and the prime of my life.

    I can relate to every part of this song from beginning to end. I met a girlfriend who would change my life forever and I lost her. We were so deeply in love and her mom just didn't like me. Why, I still don't know. She loved me and I loved her. Prom came along and she was not allowed to go with me. It killed me to go with someone else. We eventually started fighting with arguments and it got to the point;

    "It's the same thing night on night
    Who's wrong baby who's right
    Another fight and I slam the door on
    Another battle in our dirty little war
    When I look at myself I don't see
    The man I wanted to be
    Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
    I'm caught movin' one step up and two steps back"

    I also dreamed about the two of us at Prom and just holding each other tight the way we wanted it to be. And her just being drop dead gorgeous and whispering "One Step Up" in my ear as the music continued to play and eventually the people around us all faded to black. All it was in my dream was her and I dancing on the hard wood dance floor with a spot light on us as we slowly danced the night away.

    She eventually dumped me for some guy in New York. Back in June Where I am in my life now, I think I finally understand it: the anguish of loving someone completely and it still falling apart. It's a reality song – strong and brutally honest. To me, it's about being man enough to own that happily ever after isn't a given. Perfect can come apart no matter what you do… and all you can do is feel the pain and regret." We laughed together; we cried together we loved each other together. I still have feelings for her and I doubt she will ever be forgotten. This song has been a companion to me my whole senior year, lost love, lost time, friends who go off to war. If I try hard enough I can still “be back in that hot tub.”
    fordtrucker1986on January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSpringsteen wrote it
    Governmentuser85on August 20, 2006   Link

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