I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart
It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you

A friend of mine became a father last night
When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers the timberwolf in the pines
And that great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my girl mister tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves
Left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river
With the moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby
What scares me is losing you

They say if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God's light came shinin' on through
I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin' and born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms
No no baby it was you
So hold me close honey say you're forever mine
And tell me you'll be my lonely valentine

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Valentine's Day Lyrics as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentFirst off, this is one of my all time favorite songs, and in my opinion, one of the best songs Springsteen ever wrote, but I have a bit of a different take than everybody else.

    I believe this song is to an extent about the love of his life and the trappings of bachelorhood, but more than that it is about mortality and realizing your own mortality.

    Look at the imagery in the words: dark highway, trembling heart, "blown leaves by the wayside", spooky old highway, moonlight, cold river bottoms, darkness, grey fields, etc. They are contrasted with "the light" in a friends voice and "God's light". The line about dieing in your dream is the most apparent, but its all in there. Chapter 2 of the Bruce Springsteen book of songwriting should be titled "Catholic imagery" and St. Valentine was martyred. (Chapter 1 should be titled "Cars and Roads as Metaphors")

    In realizing his own mortality, and his own fragility, he also sees what is truly important and what matters to us. In this case, its family, music (the "great jukebox"), faith and love.

    Ultimately, when he "dies in his dream" he doesn't feel the darkness, bitterness, coldness or anything else he's "supposed to"...he feels his woman in his arms, his salvation.

    Damn this is a good song.

    VolantSoloon June 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised no one has commented on this song. It's quite overlooked, especially on an overlooked album like Tunnel of Love. But regardless, I think its a great song about a bad relationship. He's obviously very attached to this woman and she haunts him in his sleep. But at the same time, there's this sad undertone to the entire thing. And what exactly is a lonely valentine? Sounds to me like he loves her more than she loves him.
    InSilenceEasyon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbut hes asking her to be his lonely valentine so its maybe her that loves him more and hes finally realising this and how much he loves her and hoping she'll still be there when he gets home. this is how i see it and its why i love it.
    evenfunnieron May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have to disagree with the two previous guesses. To me, it's obviously about a man who is discovering that he is ready to gracefully give up the trappings of bachelorhood - typical male stoicism, freedom to go where you please without being accountable to anyone, etc. - for the security and fulfillment of true love. He has had an epiphany about it (his friend had a kid, he got to thinking, realized how deeply he feels about his girlfriend, and ends up being "born anew"). By the way, the version of this song by the band Hem is so fantastic that I can't even put a value on it.
    rooibos76on September 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt amazes me what Springsteen does on his albums. Such honest emotion.. I really believe he is my favorite Musician of all time.
    bearfan34on November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am going to agree with rooibos on this one. The song is about him going back to that love of his life. And the second stanza is about how he is ready to give up everything for this women and make her his forever. The line about how he sees his friend who just had a kid and his voice is somehow different. And in my opinion the last stanza is the one of the most beautiful things i have heard.
    chunkymonkey102on April 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with VolantSolo and also with the rest of you. Most of Springsteen's can be interpreted in so many different levels is what i think. but one thing most agree is that he is an amazing musician and new age poet.
    ashiqon July 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBe my "lonely valentine" - perhaps asking his lady love, who he fears to lose, to be faithful while he is away. Springsteen likely wrote this either while he was on the road or musing about his loneliness while away from the woman he loves. Perhaps it was in this moment he realised how important and precious the love of this one woman is to him. So why does he fear losing the love of his chosen woman? Let's face it, a guy like Bruce doesn't lose women to a male rival. Perhaps he fears he will somehow ruin the relationship by succumbing to the temptation of so many suitable people (women) willing to assuage his loneliness on the road. In any case, this is a guy who is far away from the woman he has devoted himself to, and he feels deeply vulnerable about it - about how fragile such a love can seem from such a far distance.
    tom1015769on November 23, 2016   Link

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