“Well I got this guitar and
I learned how to make it talk”
- Thunder Road, Born to Run
Compared to the majority of Springsteen devotees, it can be argued that I undervalue “Thunder Road.” My problem with it is the instrumental section that begins at 3:49 and concludes the song. Everytime I hear it, I can’t help but imagine it one day being played over a commercial for a crass Broadway adaptation of the Boss’ music (a la Movin’ Out).
But there’s no denying the evocative lyrics and the above are some of my favorites of all time. In Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy, Randall Auxier and Doug Anderson isolate these lyrics for the introduction of their fascinating collection of analytical essays on Bruce’s music through the lens of philosophy. I strongly recommend reading this book, if nothing else but for their introduction in which they explain how Bruce’s guitar talks rather than plays.