Sleepy town ain't got the guts to budge
Baby, this emptiness has already been judged
I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got

You're a strange part of me, you're a preacher's girl
And I don't want no piece of this mechanical world
Got my arms open wide and my blood is running hot

We'll take the midnight road right to the devil's door
And even the white angels of Eden with their flamin' swords
Won't be able to stop us from hitting town in this dirty old Ford

Well it don't take no nerve when you got nothing to guard
I got tombstones in my eyes and I'm running real hard
My baby was a lover and the world just blew her away

Once they tried to steal my heart, beat it right outta my head
But baby they didn't know that I was born dead
I am the iceman, fighting for the right to live
I say better than the glory roads of heaven better off riding
Hellbound in the dirt, better than the bright lines of the freeway
Better than the shadows of your daddy's church
Better than the waiting, baby better off is the search

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Iceman song meanings
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    General CommentI think this is a reflection from the point of view of a man who has just lost everything in his life that meant something to him. (possibly all these things were invested in a single person who was lost) and he's looking for something, anything to give him a desire to feel again. Now he feels nothing. His heart is cold. He is the Iceman.
    Buehrle56Fanon August 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSuch a beautiful song
    ashran2on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Bruce Springsteen song. I fist heard it on the movie "In The Land Of Women", and I downloaded it as soon as the movie ended. I'm not quite sure what it means though... some of the lyrics conflict with eachother in a really artistic way.
    SoCalLoco14on January 11, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is when Bruce began writing about adult worries; no longer young people's worries. The world awaits us all. The world takes it's toll. But, the answer here lies in the first stanza: "I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got" (which found it's way into Badlands, a song with the same theme as Iceman), and the final stanza: "Better than the waiting, baby, better off is the search".

    When a person gets robbed of his/her dignity, there's nothing more that can be taken away. It doesn't take nerve or bravery to fight back and carve out your own humble existence in this world. It's basic survival. It's human nature to fight for survival when all is lost.

    Some are more vulnerable, have less resilience, and are not cut out for the hardness of this world. The writer saw what it did for his wife/girlfriend: "My baby was a lover and the world just blew her away".

    The writer isn't as soft as his girl. He's looking life straight in the eye and telling it that he was "born dead" and there's nothing more that can be taken away from him that already hasn't.

    In the end, he reminds himself and us, it is better to search and strive for everything attained in this world than it is for it to be handed to you. And if you lose, you lose fighting for it. It's much better to lose fighting than it is to win without having earned it.

    This theme is imbedded in most of Bruce's lyrics up through the recording of "Trouble In Paradise" which was the first song he recorded after he disassembled the band (the first was actually Viva Las Vegas, but that was a cover song).
    StevenPascalion November 14, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAngels and devils, Heaven and hell, a preachers daughter...and an iceman. Resurrected for Tracks. A song Springsteen never plays live. Probably for the same reason it was discarded from Born to Run. I have a hard time believing that Iceman was even finished. This is a mess.
    franklintitanon December 04, 2014   Link

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