*****Blogger’s Note: Sorry for the delay, Vixens. Computer/technical/life difficulties prevented me from finishing the countdown last month. I will finish it over the next three days and then we will resume our regularly scheduled programming!!! Thanks for your patience!!!*****
How do I love Bruce Springsteen? Let me count the ways. I can’t-there are just too many. He is one of my heroes, not just in music but in life. I hope I get the chance to thank him in person one day for everything he has given me.
One of those things is the #3 song on the countdown, “If I Should Fall Behind“, from his 1992 album, Lucky Town. This song is one of the most honest accounts of “what this world can do” to people in a relationship they spent so many years building, but with a little foresight and a lot of commitment, maybe they can side step the landmines if they remember they are in it together:
“We swore we’d travel darlin’ side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each lover’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me
Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let’s make our steps clear that the other may see
And I’ll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for me”
When he performs this song in concert, it is such a special moment with him and his different band mates taking a turn with the lyrics. But Springsteen and his guitar remain the steady constant presence on the stage throughout the entire song. Very comforting.
One of the things I cherish most about the Boss is that he never, even in his younger days, painted a sappy picture of love and romance. There was always the element of truth that even love was not always enough. For instance, in the song “I Want To Marry You” (from The River album), he sang: “To say I’d make your dreams come true would be wrong, but maybe darlin’ I could help them along.” Pure poetry, utter truth.
Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999 by U2’s Bono.