100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time
The River, 1980
Springsteen described the mood of this hushed, agonized ballad as follows: "Have you ever felt a love that you've had slipping away? That is an ugly feeling. You don't know what you can do to fix it, probably nothing." The song also suggests heartbroken girl-group pop, and the choked, almost adenoidal vocals borrow from Elvis Costello circa "Alison." It's one of Van Zandt's favorite Springsteen songs.
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