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100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time

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"Roulette"


"Roulette"
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Non-album B side, 1988

This outtake from The River sessions emerged in 1988 as the B side to "One Step Up." By then its frenetic spitfire tale of a desperate man trying to save his family after the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster took on a chilling new meaning following the Chernobyl meltdown. Explaining why he left it off The River, Spring­steen said, "Maybe . . . I thought it was too specific."


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