Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Springsteen Lyrics of the Week - Spirit in the Night

"We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe
And I'll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go"
- Spirit in the Night, Greetings from Asbury Park

Right now there's a really good movie (but not for the faint of heart) called Killer Joe playing in limited release. Whenever I read about it or think about it I can't help thinking about the above lyrics from "Spirit in the Night." The song is not played in the movie (nor would it fit) and isn't referenced anywhere in the dialogue. I don't suspect the playwright Tracy Letts had it in mind when writing the play in 1993 either.

In fact, I doubt anyone except the Bruce obsessives would connect the film with the song. But maybe I'm wrong! Maybe I'm underestimating the staying power of the many vivid characters Bruce has created, especially the large casts assembled in his first two albums. Regardless of the filmmakers' intentions, I've been listening to the song with increased interest the past few days and thank them for that.

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