Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Springsteen Lyrics of the Week - Ain't Good Enough For You

I tried to change, I got a job in sales
I bought a shirt uptown in Bloomingdales
- Ain’t Good Enough for You (The Promise)

The specificity of these lyrics makes it all the more painful to listen to this admission of the futility of trying to impress someone out of your league. The entire song is infused with this kind of blind youthful desperation to impress a first crush. The recording of the song sounds like it was captured in a crowded bar being performed by teenagers. On the one hand, there’s a lot of pain in the lyrics, but the rollicking energy in the composition nods to its adolescent folly and within it, a hope that maturity lies ahead.