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“The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.”
- Bruce Springsteen -

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#9 All or Nothin’ At All by Bruce Springsteen

Watch and Listen:

I’m reminded of a song sung by a duo from the eighties called “More Than Words”. They sang to their loved one (well I’m sure they each had their own individual lover – though it is possible they were pining after the same girl that was holding out on both of them but that’s another story) that in order to prove their love, “more than words” were needed. Sex would solidify that their relationship was real.

Springsteen twists that masculine stereotype, and without losing any credibility as a man, asks for proof love in a relationship already physically intimate.

While he seems to be asking for the same displays of affection as our 1980’s duo, he reveals in the end what he is ultimately looking for: “Shout out what you’re thinkin’ of / If what you’re thinkin’ of is love”.

I’ve never been one to buy into the whole “Men are From Mars/Women are From Venus” mythology. The more we buy into that, the more we push away from each other. We are more alike than we are different. Like women, men want intimacy, love, and reassurance of that love. What they crave is to give and to have “it all or nothin’ at all”.

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1 comment:

  1. You, Thunderroad, have hit the nail on the head! The only difference is that many men are afraid of getting hurt, and aren't as savvy to nonverbal cues as women are.

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