This is so beautiful


One of the best songs ever written, performed by one of the greatest artists of all time. This brings back wonderful memories of seeing Springsteen in New Jersey towards end of the Devils and Dust tour when he first started playing this song. That night he said thank you to the audience for coming and a few words about New Jersey and shook a few hands, then sat down at a pedal organ alone and finished with a 15 minute trance-like version which kept rising and building, rising and building until it felt like some kind of transcendental spiritual experience. It was acoustic acid house – one of the most out there, punk rock things I’ve ever seen. So I’m really chuffed that Dream Baby Dream is going to be on the new album.

This is a less out-there version but the crazed mantra-like yearning of the song still shines through. And the brilliantly simple video features so many great shots of fans and players that perfectly capture the life-enhancing essence of a Springsteen show. The message at 4.40 should be cheesy but it feels so genuine and powerful. And the shot of The Big Man at 4.47 is a perfect tribute. Beautiful stuff.


About antmelder
Executive Creative Director at Host/Havas Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

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