Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Springsteen Lyrics of the Week - Valentine's Day


"They say if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head"
- Valentine's Day, Tunnel of Love

Bruce has written about dreams several times throughout his career; both literal and metaphorical. One of the most famous examples is "The River." In contrast to the lyrics in "The River" - which paint dreams as false hope - the lyrics in "Valentine's Day" present a dream as a moment of arcane reflection that reveals the true importance of life.

"Valentine's Day" is the last song on the Tunnel of Love album and the entire song possesses a dreamlike quality with its lullaby styled melody, absence of a chorus and nearly two minutes of instrumental conclusion.