Sometimes all it takes is one great lyric where when you hear it, you're a fan forever. It was that way for me with Bruce Springsteen. When my family moved to Marlboro in the seventies, it was like going to the land of the rich and pretentious. I'm not saying it's like that now or maybe even then, but it was the way I saw it. It was more about what your parents did for a living or what kind of house or car they drove than who you actually were. I hated it and couldn't wait to get out.

So when I heard Bruce sing "It's a town full of losers, I'm pulling out of here to win" it resonated with me like no other line I'd ever heard. It was my mantra for my remaining time there. Knowing that Bruce was from the next town over in Freehold made me see him as a kindred spirit who understood what I was going through. Sometimes all it takes is a great lyric.

I asked my listeners about the lyrics that inspired them and many came up Bruce. Here are some of those lines:

  • Tom Cunningham - "The screen door slams" ... So vivid. Anything is possible on the other side of that door. Perfect.
  • Maryjo Hamrick - "Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny."
  • Donna D'Antonio Hull - "You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright...oh, and that's alright for me."
  • John Hamer - Bruce Springsteen, "It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive!"
  • Paul Klevan - "Poor man wants to be rich; rich man wants to be king; and the king ain’t satisfied ‘till he rules everything!"
  • Cindy Sivak - "Have a little faith, there's magic in the night."

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