100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time


"If I Was the Priest"

"If I Was the Priest"
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Unreleased, 1972

The first time Springsteen met John Hammond, the legendary talent scout asked whether he had any songs that he would never perform live. Springsteen responded with this cowboy ballad about a town where Jesus is the sheriff and the Virgin Mary runs the Holy Grail Saloon. "When he sang that song," Hammond later recalled, "I knew he could only be Catholic."

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