"Tunnel Of Love" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Fat man sitting on a little stool
Takes the money from my hand while his eyes take a walk all over you
Hands me the ticket, smiles and whispers good luck
Cuddle up angel, cuddle up my little dove
We'll ride down, baby, into this tunnel of love

Well, I can feel the soft silk of your blouse
And them soft thrills in our little fun house
Then the lights go out and it's just the three of us, yeah
You, me and all that stuff we're so scared of
Gotta ride down baby into this tunnel of love

Well, there's a crazy mirror showing us both in five D
I'm laughing at you you're laughing at me
There's a room of shadows that gets so dark brother
It's easy for two people to lose each other in this tunnel of love

Well, it ought to be easy ought to be simple enough, yeah
Man meets woman and they fall in love
But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough
And you've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above
If you want to ride on down, down in through this tunnel of love
Tunnel of love
This tunnel of love
This tunnel of love


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"Tunnel of Love" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentThe Tunnel of Love is a metaphor for the journey a man takes when following the path of marriage with his new bride. The Tunnel of Love is an old amusement ride, usually found in the lower-budget "carnivals" and smalltime fairs. In the ride, two lovers would sit closely together in a small "boat" and ride through an indoor cavern that was plunged in darkness. The boat would twist and turn through the dark, following the current of a narrow river, while dimly lit mannequins and models would occassionally appear. In a sense, you were largely helpess on the ride...you were at the mercy of the darkness, you had no control over the controls of the boat, and you never knew what lay around the next sharp turn - "Then the lights go out and it's just the three of us, yeah you me and all that stuff we're so scared of".

    Springsteen uses this ride as a metaphor for a new marriage. The feelings of fear, helplessness, nervousness, the unpredictability that come with the vows and new obligations. Two people are embarking on a journey that neither one has even been on before - "Cuddle up angel cuddle up my little dove and we'll ride down baby into this tunnel of love".

    The final third of the song is where the true "meat" lies - "It's easy for two people to lose each other in this tunnel of love". In the darkness, with the rocky waters and sharp turns in the river, it is easy to fall apart, to let fear and mistrust come between you, and quite easily make you lose your way.

    The song ends with two offerings from Springsteen - he gives us warning, followed by sage wisdom. His warning to his audience is that "...it ought to be easy, ought to be simple enough - Man meets woman and they fall in love...But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough". Perhaps riding down the "Tunnel of Love" isn't the sweet, innocent and fun-filled ride that we all hope and dream it is.

    Finally, Springsteen offers some wisdom, and it is the final line that provides the home run in this song: "You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above if you want to ride on down in through this tunnel of love".

    Amazing song. Great solos and breaks that are just dripping with pain and emotion. The music is accented with fairground side effects, and in a chilling twist, the song fades to the sound of screams. Screams of helplessness, fear, anticipation and nervous energy. Do we take them literally as the sounds of a group of customers enjoying the thrills and scares of of a rollercoaster? Or are these screams indicating the fear and discomfort of serious commitment?
    BlueMonkeyon November 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is brilliant all around. He's speaking of the reality of relationships...the baggage we carry into them and the realization that its not as easy as it should be but you sacrifice to make it work.
    Joedudeon August 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrically sound. The boss is amazing.
    T_D_Phoenixon September 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBlue Monkey nailed the biggest part of this song.

    Still, I get a religious feel from this one ... and I'm not the kind of guy who finds religious wisdom in unusual places. I sense that the Tunnel of Love is a reference to God's love. You may get lost, lose each other, but the tunnel can guide you. This entire album has religious overtones.

    Great stuff.
    criminaltypeon August 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe sequal to Stolen Car
    Lucky Loseron April 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty songs, good lyrics. The title "tunnel of love" detracts because people could interpret it as having double meaning, but I don't think that was intended. A lot of his songs do tell stories and relate to one another which is something I didn't know until I bought a Springsteen album.
    stoolhardyon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah unfortunate that some would only see the Freudian meaning of the title...

    It begins as a story about two kids going into a funhouse at a carnival but by the last verse it turns out that whole thing was just a metaphor and the real story is of two adults in a troubled relationship.
    Quonseton March 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBest song in the world. The brief guitar solo is heart wrenching.
    Publiuson August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLoving someone, but not being able to commit !!!
    80sfanon December 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"There's a crazy mirror showing us both in 5-D" is brilliant becuase to me it means when we are in relationships we see each other NOT LOOKING SO GOOD...at our worst.
    xmenon October 07, 2007   Link

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