Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Springsteen Lyrics of the Week - I Wanna Be With You


Well I lost my job at the Texaco station
Instead of pumpin' gas I dreamed of you
I got thrown out of my house
I got such a bad reputation
'cause all I wanna do is be seen with you
- Tracks (Disc 2)

A leftover from The River, “I Wanna Be with you is one of Bruce's more aggressive love songs. On the surface, his love is passionate, driven home by the repeated proclamations of “I Wanna Be With You” in the chorus. But closer inspection reveals lyrics that indicate obsession rather than ardor. While this single-minded devotion to another person is romantic, Bruce uses lyrics like the ones above to suggest there can also be something unhealthy and self-destructive about loving someone too much.