The theme for Song Lyric Sunday is to post a song that makes you feel better.
These days most of the music I listen to is in the car when driving. Either the radio or CD’s I have made with my favorite music on them. I love to sing along or blast the volume depending on my mood. When I saw this week’s theme, Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road came to mind. I was a big Bruce Springsteen fan when he first arrived on the music scene in 1975, when I was 18. I attended his concerts sometimes a few nights a week and with the guy I was dating at the time, we traveled up and down the Northeast coast to concerts for many years. The energy in his songs is infectious- you can’t help but get up and move or sing along. I suppose it is not only the energy of the music that makes Thunder road a “feel better” song for me, but also the memories it conjures up, taking me back to a time when life was still laid out ahead of me and deciding which concert to attend was my biggest decision. The image of driving down a local highway in my boyfriend’s father’s 1971 blue convertible Cutlass Supreme with my hair wild in the wind and Springsteen blasting from the radio can’t help but make me smile. The memory, the music, all together always makes me feel better- or just plain makes me smile and sing.
Well now, I ain’t no hero, that’s understood
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey, what else can we do now?
Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair
Well, the night’s busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back, heaven’s waiting down on the tracks
and the car has been passed down in the family- still running strong!