100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time


"Johnny Bye Bye"

"Johnny Bye Bye"
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Non-album B side, 1985

The title is a homage to Chuck Berry's "Bye Bye Johnny," but this stripped-down Born in the U.S.A. outtake (later issued as a B side to "I'm on Fire") is about Elvis Presley. Springsteen was devastated by his death in 1977; the song took three years to write. "The type of fame Elvis had . . . the pressure of it, the isolation that it seems to require, has gotta be really painful," Springsteen said.

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