Earlier this week Rory mentioned how the lyrics from "Working On The Highway" "if read out of context of the music and other lyrics, it could easily be mistaken for a song from Nebraska." Well he's right! "Working On The Highway" was originally written for Nebraska. But Bruce decided to hold on to it, jazz it up, add a catchy chorus and bingo! We have the beloved version of "Working On The Highway" that we all know and love today.
First off, let me start off by saying this was a fantastic decision. "Child Bride" is just an awful name for a song, and would be really hard to defend as a fan. Secondly, even though I love Nebraska and his other folk albums, this song just sounds so much better as the uptempo toe-tapper that we all know today. That's not to say the song doesn't have it's merit. "Child Bride" is much more akin to the somber lyrics. "Working on the Highway" is paradoxical to it's lyrics.With rockabilly guitar licks, a snappy beat and an incredibly catchy chorus, "Working On The Highway" is always a favorite in concert. I can't really imagine fans holding up signs for "Child Bride" in concert.