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100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time

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"Spirit in the Night"


"Spirit in the Night"
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Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., 1973

When Columbia Records president Clive Davis asked Springsteen to write more radio-friendly tunes for his debut, he quickly came back with two songs: "Blinded by the Light" and this teenage fairy tale about kids escaping out to Greasy Lake. Of all the tracks on Greetings From Asbury Park, "Spirit" hints most closely at the (still-unnamed) E Street Band's future direction, thanks to the nearly nonstop use of Clemons' saxophone – until these final sessions for the album, Springsteen hadn't even been able to locate Clemons to get him into the studio. The song's swaying bass line was played by Bruce himself.


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