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

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

#56 Dry Lightning by Bruce Springsteen

Amidst a painting of a dry, somber, Midwestern landscape, Springsteen delivers the heart of a man in the midst of his grief. He took a chance at love, and now she is gone. His loneliness’ only company is “dry lightning on the horizon”, like a distant promise filled with mystery and danger.

Nearing apathy, he goes about his life driven by her memory. He allowed himself to give away all he had to another, and she left him with nothing but reminders of what he had and what he lost. The dry lightning lights up the sky like some kinds of divine promise, but there is a drought on the land, and now, because he has loved and lost, there will remain forever a drought in his heart.

This is the scary part of love, allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough so that you can love and receive the love of someone else, but also so that when that love is lost, a solemn ache remains. But she is ultimately not what he needs. She had told him “ain't nobody gonna give nobodywhat they really need anyway”. She gave him only some of what he needed and now he needs to look to the horizon, to something greater than earth and sky, greater than a human touch, to make his life complete.

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  1. Great, great, great comment to one of my favourite Springsteen's songs!
    carlo, Milan

  2. I'd suggest to speak next about "I wanna marry you"!

    Thanks again for all your wonderful comments!

  3. Thanks Carlo. I will eventually get to "I wanna marry you" - I'm going in ABC order, so right now I'm in the "E's" with Empty Sky. So stay tuned :-)
    I will follow your blog as well, but I'll only understand the English posts ;-)

  4. Ok! I didn't realize that you were following alphabetical order :-)
    I will wait, so...
    Maybe you have seen that I put a link to your blog on my pages.
    I sometimes write in english, of course you can't read italian!!
    Have a nice day,