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Born To Run

Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run

Song Meaning and Background to Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

It took three and a half months to trim this song's four and a half minutes. Springsteen used strings, glockenspiel, many keyboards, and more than a dozen guitar tracks to replicate the impression of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

I had high expectations for it, Springsteen admitted. I aimed to create the best rock album I had ever heard. Young couples were depicted in Springsteen's lyrics as they travelled New Jersey's motorways.

Springsteen remarked, "I don't know how essential the settings are. It is the concept underlying the settings. It might be Alaska, New Jersey, California, or another state. "

Guitar Chords and Lyrics of Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

E  E  A  B7sus-B  2x


       E                                       A                B

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream

   E                                          A         B

At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines

A                        E/G#              F#m

Sprung from cages out on highway 9, Chrome wheeled, fuel injected

    E/G#                  E    E9  A                       E/G#

and steppin' out over the line Oh  Baby this town rips the bones from your back

       F#m                E/G#                  E                   C#m

It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap  We gotta get out while we're young

       A               B                    E  E  A  B7sus-B   E E A B7sus-B

`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

      E                                          A                     B

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend I want to guard your dreams and visions


Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims

    A                          B         A                 E/G#

and strap your hands across my engines   Together we could break this trap

      F#m               E/G#                E      E9

We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back   Oh

         A                       E/G#         F#m

Will you walk with me out on the wire  `Cause baby I'm just

             E/G#                E                     C#m

a scared and lonely rider  But I gotta find out how it feels  

          A                            B                       E E A B7sus B

I want to know if love is wild  babe I want to know if love is real


E E A B7sus B


E  E  A  B7sus-B     E  E  A  B  C#m    B-E   Bm7


Dsus       D           Dsus    D      Gsus            G

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard

Gsus G   Asus        A       Asus     A               Csus        C      Csus C

The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors And the boys try to look so hard

Dsus          D          Dsus     D             Gsus               G          Gsus G

The amusement park rises bold and stark as Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

        Asus         A            Asus    A             Csus C      Csus C

I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight In an everlasting kiss


    E                                        A                 Bsus7  B

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive

     E                                         A                Bsus7  B

Everybody's out on the run tonight but there's no place left to hide

A                    E/G#

Together Wendy we'll live with the sadness

     F#m                   E/G#          E     E9

I'll love you with all the madness in my soul  Oh

A              E/G#                        F#m

Someday girl I don't know when we're gonna get to that place

         E/G#           E                        C#m

Where we really want to go and we'll walk in the sun


              A               B                    E   C#m

But till then tramps like us  baby we were born to run

         A              B                    E

Ah honey tramps like us baby we were born to run

              A              B                    E   E  A  Bsus7 B

Come on Wendy tramps like us baby we were born to run

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