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100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time

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"Incident on 57th Street"


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Richard E. Aaron/Redferns
17/100

The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, 1973

"'Incident' featured a theme I'd return to often in the future: the search for redemption," Springsteen said. "Over the next 20 years I'd work this one like only a good Catholic boy could." This steamy-summer, mean-streets ballad (originally titled "Puerto Rican Jane") sets up Spanish Johnny with Jane, who "sleeps in sheets damp with sweat" while her man slips out to "make a little easy money tonight." It's a sort-of test run for the expansive urban storytelling of "Jungleland," and Clemons later said that when it was played live, "you can hear the opening violin and piano intro that morphed into the opening of 'Jungleland.'" 


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