"Springsteen" as written by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell....
To this day when I hear that song
I see you standin' there all night long
Discount shades, store bought tan
Flip flops and cut-off jeans

Somewhere between that setting sun
I'm on fire and born to run
You looked at me and I was done
And we're, we're just getting started

I was singin' to you, you were singin' to me
I was so alive, never been more free
Fired up my daddy's lighter and we sang, oh

Stayed there 'til they forced us out
And took the long way to your house
I can still hear the sound of you sayin' don't go

When I think about you, I think about seventeen
I think about my old jeep
I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night, Springsteen

I bumped into you by happenstance
You probably wouldn't even know who I am
But if I whispered your name
I bet there'd still be a spark

Back when I was gasoline
And this old tattoo had brand new ink
And we didn't care what your mom would think
About your name on my arm

Baby is it spring or is it summer
The guitar sound or the beat of that drummer
You hear sometimes late at night
On your radio

Even though you're a million miles away
When you hear 'Born in the USA'
You relive those glory days
So long ago

When you think about me, do you think about seventeen
Do you think about my old jeep
Think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night
Springsteen, Springsteen

Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night
Springsteen
Springsteen
Whoa Springsteen

Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh


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"Springsteen" as written by Eric Church Jeffery Hyde

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  • +2
    General CommentHas no one really realized this yet? It's obviously about Bruce Springsteen and how Springsteen's music makes him feel. I feel like people must have realized that with all of the obvious references but no one here even mentioned it!
    Joeinator97on June 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI came to this song as a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. I think Eric Church did a great job, both in incorporating Springsteen lyrics, and in evoking Springsteen's feel of young love in working class America. I just have one more crazy interpretation, and it's surprising to me that I hadn't ever had this thought before, but perhaps Eric Church did. Even in the context of this song, the name "Springsteen" comes across as almost a non sequitur (unless, of course, the other commenters are correct and it took place at a Springsteen concert, which is possible). And when I saw it there, in a line unto itself, another interpretation occurred to me: He's actually singing "Spring's Teen." It's a reference to the teenage years, and Spring as a metaphor for when love was young and new, and that's why he sounds so wistful when he says it.
    sanfrandanon March 14, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"FUNNY HOW A MELODY SOUNDS LIKE A MEMORY"

    "GLORY DAYS THEY'LL PASS YOU BY"

    -The Boss shows the natural road of nostalgia
    -Eric shows a happy puppy's romantic optimism.

    The song is beautiful but the human condition commands that we look at our pasts. Any rational person must experience sadness in doing so. Those carnal joys are fleeting and though those memories are brought out when you're exposed to a specific auditory stimuli and you smile, if you have half a brain you should cry because that beauty is dead. Forever. That memory only matters to you and you couldn't express it properly if you tried. Springsteen.
    WoodyBoogieon September 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation#1 this song is awesome. #2 Eric Church is one the best songwriters in the music industry today. To elaborate, they are extremely creative and you can tell through that creativeness that he just really lets his hair down and has fun with them. For example, in Drink In My Hand there is a line that says "I have a 40 hour week, worth of trouble to drown." How many country artist have had songs about drinking after a hard week? How many of them have been able to convert that into song lyrics this well?

    Anyway, back to Springsteen. Someone mentioned earlier about the song taking place during a date at a Springsteen concert and I agree. The absolute coolest thing about it is (back to his lyrical prowess) that Springsteen could sing this song. "We sang oh oh oh oh..." It's my belief Eric Church isn't just singing a song to us for our enjoyment. He could have just sang a song about he and a girl at a Springsteen concert. By making this song sound like something off of a Springsteen album he is taking us to that concert in our minds.

    He's using our sense of hearing to take us there. The way our sense of hearing, smell, touch, etc enables us to relive a memory. I dated a girl for a few years and some of the best times we had together were tailgating at her apartment beside of Bryant Denny Stadium. It isn't just the times I remember, but the sound of college football on her tv through the balcony doors, the perfume she wore, etc. In my mind, this is what Eric Church is trying to do. If it were us reminiscing about a girl we were with at a Springsteen concert, we would think of what she wore, how she smelled, etc. More importantly, and as it relates to this song, we would be able to hear the music Springsteen was playing in our memory. He is making is more personal for the listener.

    As a matter of fact, the Boss sent Church a handwritten note telling him how much he and his family liked the song.
    RollTideCTon October 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really hope Eric release's this as a single from this album. I heard this song for the first time today, listened to it simply because I am a huge Springsteen fan but the lyrics in the son take me back to my first love. The words flow as a biography of my relationship with her, and the lyrics
    "If I bumped in to you by happenstance
    You probably wouldn't even know who I am
    But if I whispered your name, I bet there'd still be a spark"
    could not be more true! Me and my ex speak from time to time, and it always seems like I am a stranger until one of us brings up our past, then I can feel the fire between us start to burn again.
    mikeslone88on August 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song.
    can someone explain the line:

    "you looked at me and i was done
    and we're, we're just getting started"
    joetinkeron April 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a song everyone can relate to. everyone has that one night where nothing matters and the only thing you wanna do is finish out the night with the girl ur with and not worrie about the risk.about the risk. and everyone has a song that brings them back to a cerin night,person,place etc.. great song, great song writer. hes not the" oh i have a tracor so im country"type he sings about real stuff people go thru. his own memories. music in genral needs more of that.
    AllMusicRockson April 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat line got me too, joe. but if you listen to the song with an open mind hes singing about going on a date with a girl to an outdoor springsteen concert."To this day when I hear that song
    I see you standin' there on that lawn
    Discount shades, store bought tan,
    Flip flops and cut off jeans" hes recalling what she looked like at the concert."Somwhere between that setting sun" (the sun was going down and the concert was about to start"
    "I'm on fire and born to run" (the first two songs bruce opened up the concert with)"
    You looked at me and I was done (when he truly fell for her)
    Well, we're just getting started" (the concer was just starting and the night was still young) i hope i helped.
    AllMusicRockson April 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationEric explains on a number of occasions that he was not at a Springsteen concert. He simply took a girl to a concert and every time he hears those songs, he thinks of her and that night. Now, when he hears Bruce Springsteen's songs, he does the same thing as well. It's really all about one line that he talks about often at concerts: "Funny how a melody, sounds like a memory." He says how we all have that song, or those songs, that when we hear them, we think of something, "That we're going to remember for a long, long time."
    theboss17on June 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a relationship he had with a girl. During that relationship they went to a Springsteen concert and had a blast. He was so young and crazy in love that he even got her name tatooed on his arm. It was long ago ("this old tattoo had brand new ink"). Now his old lover probably won't even be able to recognize him again - unless he whispers her name in her ear. Auditative memory runs deep. Eric believes that when his old lover hears Springsteen's music she thinks of him - that's why he sings the words "Springsten" and "oh oh oh oh oh" softer than the other words. He whispers them in her ears now through a record. Ain't that amazing?
    Morten_Nielsenon June 23, 2015   Link

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