Last night I was out driving
Coming home at the end of the working day
I was riding alone through the drizzling rain
On a deserted stretch of a county two-lane
When I came upon a wreck on the highway

There was blood and glass all over
And there was nobody there but me
As the rain tumbled down hard and cold
I seen a young man lying by the side of the road
He cried Mister, won't you help me please

An ambulance finally came and took him to Riverside
I watched as they drove him away
And I thought of a girlfriend or a young wife
And a state trooper knocking in the middle of the night
To say your baby died in a wreck on the highway

Sometimes I sit up in the darkness
And I watch my baby as she sleeps
Then I climb in bed and I hold her tight
I just lay there awake in the middle of the night
Thinking 'bout the wreck on the highway

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Wreck On The Highway song meanings
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    My InterpretationAnyone else who thinks that the "young man lying by the side of the road" might be the protagonist of 'Drive all night'? Drive all night is right prior to this song on the River album (these are the two last songs on that album). Furthermore there is the resemblance of the "drizzling rain". And the protagonist on drive all night who would drive "through the wind, through the rain." And of course the girl he wants to drive to, and the "girlfriend or a young wife" in this song.

    If you look at it that way this song gives 'Drive all night' a very sad twist. I personally believe it is no coincidence that 'Wreck on the Highway' is following 'Drive all night'. I just think it is another sign of Springsteen brilliance, to see that there are multiple layers in an album and that there are connections and relations between songs. Of course you could also interpret them seperately, but for me, this turns the hope and love on Drive all Night to some sort of inevitable failure.

    (besides that, this is a great song on its own!)
    MartijnVeenendaalon January 20, 2013   Link

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