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Jackson Browne – Take This Rain Lyrics 2 years ago
These songs on I’m alive are all interwoven. This is an album of loss and betrayal.
Just as Two of Me and two of you, deals with betrayal, and being cheated on, so does this song.

There were two sets of footprints, two silhouettes, now here beside the sea are the footprints of three. Me, you, and the new guy. Two of me (me and the fool I’ve been) and the two of you (girlfriend and new beau)

These songs were written after Daryll Hannah left Jackson for JFK jr. I think in many of the songs he is speaking right to her as though she were in the room. A great album.

Jackson Browne – Two of Me, Two of You Lyrics 2 years ago
There were two of me, and two of you. A song of betrayal. This was the album after Daryl Hannah left him for JFK jr. Very personal album.

Jackson is singing about betrayal.
There were two of me (me and the fool I’ve been)
and two of you (his lover and her other man)

Two who have betrayed love (the two of you)
And two who have been true (me and the fool I’ve been)

Love is splitting apart
Trying to make room for the two of you.

Jackson Browne – Cut It Away Lyrics 4 years ago
I see the interpretation of the desperate heart, and his wife's suicide, but I interpret the song differently. Jackson seems to write of the struggle with wanting something more when one is in a relationship. This theme is reflected in songs such as Farther On, Hold Out, Love Needs a Heart, etc.

In this song the singer wants to cut out that part of him that is looking for something more.

He meets the girl, and he courts her to win her love. He becomes the man he thinks he needs to be to win her, a fantasy. Once he has her, there's a crazy longing for something more. He wants to cut out that part of him that is never content, and constantly searching for something better. He says he wishes he could return to the beginning, when they were lovers and nothing more.

He admits that he has schemed and lied to her, but he is unsatisfied, and wishes that he could somehow be. He is pleading by the end, because he knows this "desperate heart" will tear his whole life apart.

In the end he tells her he does love her, and always will, but there is something inside of him that makes him yarn for something else. Something he knows he will never find, or be satisfied by....

Rod Stewart – I Was Only Joking Lyrics 8 years ago
I remember when this album was released, it came with a booklet that had drawings to coincide with each song. The drawing for I was Only Joking, was of a high school hallway, with a boy looking down as if in shame, and a young girl with an obviously pregnant stomach. In that regard I always took it as him getting the girl pregnant, after probably confessing he loved her, but he was only joking. The last verse with the Principal ties it back into the high school theme of the drawing.

As to the question of verse 7, I really have no idea, however "Corinthians 7 contains some of the clearest teaching in the Bible concern­ing abstinence before marriage, celibacy, sexual intercourse inside and outside of marriage, and sexual obligations. The people of Corinth were interested in proper sexual behavior and had written to the Apostle Paul about it." ( Again it seems to tie back in with a high school pregnancy....

Bruce Springsteen – Backstreets Lyrics 9 years ago
I can see the ambiguity in this song, but I don't believe it was initially written about a male friendship. Bruce may use a bit of revisionist history today when discussing the song, but even he has said his songs take on new and different meanings as they age. The reasons I think the song is about a relationship with a woman is because while it may be questionable in the finished version we have here, the genesis of the song was clearly about a relationship with a woman.

During the early days of the Born to Run sessions, Bruce was singing a longer more drawn out version of Shes the One, which contained the early seeds of what would become Backstreets. Bruce was streamlining his wordiness during this period, and you can see the streamlining that took place from his earlier records to Born to Run, and progressed even further into Darkness.

Obviously Shes the One is about a girl, I think we can all agree upon that, so...

From Early versions of Shes the One:

Most of all I hated that town and what they did,
I hated the way they made us live,
I hated him and his fancy ways,
and I hated you when you went away

And of course Backstreets:

There was nothing left to say but I hated him
and I hated you when you went away

From Backstreets:

Laying here in the dark you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness

(By the way, just how does this imagery project to a platonic male friendship?)

Similar imagery from Shes the One:

Now you're back and you're huddled in a corner
Where you hated me baby just like a child.

From Shes the One:

Remember all those movies, baby,
all those movies that we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk tough, talk rough
Just like those heroes we thought we had to be.

And of Course Backstreets:

Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk like heroes we thought we had to be

Furthermore when he would play Backstreets in concert in 78, he would slow it down and go into a free word version of Sad Eyes, which would later become Drive All Night released on the River album. Sad Eyes, like Drive All Night, was clearly about a woman, and her coming back into his life much like the last verse of Backstreets. Now of course you can say that Sad Eyes was just a new song idea he was trying out, but then why stick it in the middle of a song about male friendship?

Bruce Springsteen – Candy's Room Lyrics 9 years ago
This is not a song about a prostitute, or a stripper. You have to look at where Springsteen was in his life when he was writing the Darkness album. The characters on this album are in their mid 20's. Bruce saw many of his characters still living at home, with their Dads. The girl in Racing in the Street sat on her daddys porch, The girl from Talk to Me sat with her daddy upstairs, the Preachers Daughter worked with her dad, and lived at home. Even the boys had an attachment to their parents, the singer in Promised Land worked at his Daddys garage, and of course Independence Day, written during Darkness is a goodbye to the singers dad. The album focuses on the point in your life where you are making that break to independence. The romantic days of being Born to Run, are giving way to manhood, responsibility, and a sense of settling down.

Bruce also saw himself as this guy that you wouldn't necessarily want to bring home to meet your folks. Long hair, playing rock and roll, and normally looking pretty scruffy probably didn't go over well with the folks in general. This isn't really related in this song, but look at the song with Bruces vision of himself in mind. Now Candy is probably young, good looking, and coming from a family with a bit of wealth. Much like the theme that was played out in the I'm on Fire video years later. Scruffy mechanic, pretty rich lady, and some cross class romance.

Candys Room has pictures of her heroes on it, because she is still living at home probably with movie posters or singers on her walls from her recent youth. Now the men calling her from the city are suitors, Candy is a pretty girl, and many men would like to be dating her. They will bring her things to try and convince her to go out with them, as men will do. There's a sadness in her pretty face, just like the girl from Racing in the Street, they are growing up, and the innocence, and freedom of youth is giving way to the realities of her life ahead.

They kiss, and go driving deep into the night, Candy likes riding with the bad boy, similar to the singer in Preachers daughter. The singer is a little more naive than Candy, and she is trying to show him that there is a better life waiting, and when he pulls her close he feels he has everything.

The final verse is just an affirmation of what we already knew, She has fancy clothes, and diamonds, because she comes from a more established family than the singer. She has men who would bring her anything to be in his position, but she wants the singer even though he can't give her those things. He affirms at the end that she knows while not much, he would give her all the things he has.

Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town Lyrics 9 years ago
Its no coincidence that this song ended side two, just as Racing in the Street ended side one. This song is a continuation of Racing In the Street, just a little further on down the road.

They're still racing out at the Trestles
But that blood it never burned in her veins

***In Racing, same girl

When I come home the house is dark
She sighs "Baby did you make it all right"

Now I hear she's got a house up in Fairview
And a style she's trying to maintain

***She has since left him for the promise of a better life with a more established man.

Well if she wants to see me
You can tell her that I'm easily found
Tell her there's a spot out 'neath Abram's Bridge
And tell her there's a darkness on the edge of town

*** I always took Abrams Bridge to be a spot where guys would meet up to duel in their race cars, as in "Brothers Under the Bridges 85"

"'Neath the trestless drinkin' the beer and the wine
Now some came on run, some just to pass the time
With the brothers under the bridges"


"Well me and my brother'd hitched a ride in Joey's pickup to the edge of town
And we watched from the tall grass as the challenges were made and the duels went down"

Everybody's got a secret Sonny
Something that they just can't face
Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
They carry it with them every step that they take
Till some day they just cut it loose
Cut it loose or let it drag 'em down
Where no one asks any questions
Or looks too long in your face
In the darkness on the edge of town

In Racing, the singers partner was a guy named "Sonny", and here in the second verse, he is again speaking to Sonny. Notice that the name is capitalized in the official lyrics, as it would be for a proper name. I think that gets overlooked, it is a direct tie back to Racing. As to the secret, I think he is referring to issues everyone carries around with them. Whether it be insecurity, fear of rejection, failure, success, whatever. Bruce always writes from a personal perspective, and while the song may not necessarily be about him, his characters also have many of the same insecurities, and fears he does. This is no longer the romantic Born to Run phase, but Darkness is a record about the transition from young rebel stage into adulthood, and the struggles that go along with it. It is the realization that you can't just live Born to Run, there is a more permanent existence, and you will either rise above your issues or they will drag you down. The entire record is about that defiance to not just give up and be one of the faceless hordes going to work every day, and living a meaningless existence.

Some folks are born into a good life
Other folks get it anyway anyhow
I lost my money and I lost my wife
Them things don't seem to matter much to me now
Tonight I'll be on that hill 'cause I can't stop
I'll be on that hill with everything I got
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town

Again Bruce is writing about the things he has seen. Its not necessarily from a point of being bitter, it's just he grew up in a working class suburb of NJ, and has seen that for some people they are born into a good life, and some others may do whatever they have to to get it, lie cheat steal, or being pretty enough to get that life, whatever. The last few verses is that defiance showing through, like an old Black and white movie where the hero rises up against all odds, and does the impossible, with no apologies.It's meant as a moment of triumph, just as:

I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me
I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these.. Badlands


There's a dark cloud rising on the desert floor
I've packed my bags and I'm headed straight through the storm
It's gonna be a twister that'll blow everything down
That ain't got the faith to stand its ground.

It is a bold statement, a desperate cry against the life he so does not want to settle for.

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