There Were Ghosts in the Eyes of All the Boys You Sent Away

UPDATE (4/1): Can somebody clue me in to why I am suddenly getting hundreds of hits on this post in the comments please?

I am not a big Bruce Springsteen fan, in general. Nebraska, yes; Seeger Sessions was also pretty good, and I cover "Dancing in the Dark" sometimes. Nonetheless, I wouldn't count myself as a fan. The version of "Thunder Road", as he wrote it, is a great example of why. The song is desperate and sad; yet he plays it as a tinkling piano ballad in a major key. This is especially unfortunate, since it's maybe the best lyric in the entire Springsteen oeuvre.

For that reason, I was pleased to hear the Tortoise / Bonnie "Prince" Billy version that was released on The Brave and the Bold a couple years ago. The synth is, arguably, a little over the top, but in general, I think this one gets the feeling right. Tortoise is on tour until July 8, Billy is not, at the moment.

Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Thunder Road


Anonymous said...

super random... but the song quote in the title of this post was used in the one tree hill episode this week..

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping me figure out where I located the quote from. I'm also not a big Springsteen fan and was pretty sure I didn't know it from the song but I was a big One Tree Hill fan and so I'm guessing that's how I came across the quote. :)