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Your spouse? Your home? Your job? Your freedom? It can all be gone, Springsteen tells us, in a moment. From men nostalgic about the hometowns they grew up in, to the beaten men giving the best of themselves over to the factories and highways of their work (and in many cases, the work of their fathers before them), to the men who left parts of themselves scattered on the battlefields of war or on the battlegrounds of love, to men searching for who they used to be and boys in hot rods searching for who they might become, to brave men gone cold with fear to tough men gone soft with love, we’re all afraid to lose our tenacious grip on who we are and what we are and all we hold dear.

The endless stack of bills. Round and round. On the boardwalk, you stop and look around to see the people, the stands displaying novelties and food, the glowing lights. You hardly remember leaving the bar. The pedestrian crowd is sparse, but you aren’t surprised. It is a weeknight, just past dinnertime. An overweight couple in matching bright red Hawaiian shirts eats ice cream, leans on one another affectionately. Two boys count the coins in their palms in front of a booth that sells sunglasses.

The world of Springsteen’s songs is our world, for the most part, wrought with the same tensions and uncertainties and fears. As American novelist and physician, Dr. Walker Percy, once said of Springsteen: “He sings of us while singing to us”. Springsteen calls up our values, and then he strips them away, cutting down to the bone. What’s most important in your life? Your kids? Your spouse? Your home? Your job? Your freedom? It can all be gone, Springsteen tells us, in a moment. From men nostalgic about the hometowns they grew up in, to the beaten men giving the best of themselves over to the factories and highways of their work (and in many cases, the work of their fathers before them), to the men who left parts of themselves scattered on the battlefields of war or on the battlegrounds of love, to men searching for who they used to be and boys in hot rods searching for who they might become, to brave men gone cold with fear to tough men gone soft with love, we’re all afraid to lose our tenacious grip on who we are and what we are and all we hold dear.

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