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Most of the lyrics from Bruce Springsteen’s Human Touchsong “The Long Goodbye” could apply to any situation where someone knows he or she should leave something— a relationship, or a place or a job — but is having prolonged trouble doing so. The narrator is “Chippin’ away at this chain of my own lies/Climbin’ a wall a hundred miles high,” Springsteen sings.

But there is also a specific meaning that applies to Springsteen in the early ’90s. As Brian Hiatt writes in his book “Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs,” the song is “an amusing confessional about Springsteen’s failure to leave New Jersey for the seventeen years since ‘Born to Run.’ ”

I’m not sure why staying in New Jersey is somehow akin to committing a sin that has to be confessed. But these lines, in particular, support Hiatt’s interpretation:

Well, I went to leave 20 years ago
Since then, I guess, I’ve been packing kinda slow
Sure did like that admiring touch
Guess I liked it a little too much

The “admiring touch” refers to being treated like a hometown hero, I guess.

Mostly, though, “The Long Goodbye” is not that specific, and is simply about finally breaking free after being stuck in a rut. And I love its gritty rhythm and snarling guitar leads: It’s definitely one of the hardest-hitting songs on Springsteen’s ’90s albums. It’s also one of the Springsteen songs that has taken on new meaning after he has, in recent years, begun talking about his longtime battle with depression.

Background facts: “The Long Goodbye” is from Springsteen’s 1992 Human Touch album. He is backed on the track by bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Jeff Porcaro, and E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan.

Springsteen has performed the song in concert three times, all in 1992 (and never in New Jersey!)

On each of the 70 days leading up to Bruce Springsteen’s 70th birthday (on Sept. 23, 2019), NJArts.net will do a post on one of The Boss’ best songs of the last 30 years. We’re starting with No. 70 and working our way up. For more on the project, click here.

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Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
Giants Stadium 8/28/03



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One of the few from his catalog I've never heard live.  I always loved the lyrics short and to the point.  However I  thought the music especially the drums overpowered the vocals.

From SpringsteenLyrics.com

The Long Goodbye

My soul went walking but I stayed here
Feel like I been working for a thousand years
Chipping away at this chain of my own lies
Climbing a wall a hundred thousand miles high
Well I woke up this morning on the other side
Yeah yeah this is the long goodbye
Hey yeah this is the long goodbye

Same old faces it's the same old town
What once was laughs is dragging me now
Waiting on rain hanging on for love
Words of forgiveness from some God above
Ain't no words of mercy coming from on high
Oh no just a long goodbye
Yeah yeah just one long goodbye

Well I went to leave twenty years ago
Since then I guess I been packing kinda slow
Sure did like that admiring touch
Guess I liked it a little too much

The moon is high and here I am
Sitting here with this hammer in hand
One more drink oughta ease the pain
Staring at that last link in the chain
Well let's raise our glass and let the hammer fly
Hey yeah this is the long goodbye
Hey yeah this is the long goodbye
Kiss me baby and we're gonna fly
Hey yeah this is the long goodbye
Yeah yeah this is the long goodbye
Hey yeah this is the long goodbye
Kiss me baby 'cause we're gonna ride
Yeah yeah this is the long goodbye

??? baby
This is the long goodbye now
Woo hoo
Woo hoo
???
???
???
Na na na na na
Na na na na na yeah yeah

____________________________________

The SPL Rocks!

 

Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
Giants Stadium 8/28/03



Oats

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