100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time
The River, 1980
After an initial stab at cutting The River, Springsteen took a break – and, after resuming work, out came this party-ready rocker. It's a pivotal song – combining a rousing arrangement with darker lyrics that use the real-life Cadillac Ranch (a Texas art project where 10 Caddys are half-buried) as a metaphor for death. Before that, he said, "I hadn't figured out a way to synthesize it into one song."
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