The Springsteen Reader: Songs

“We cut Greetings in three weeks. But Clive [Davis] handed it back and said there was nothing that could be played on the radio. I’m glad he did; I went home and wrote “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit in the Night.” With the previously missing Clarence Clemons on the saxophone, these songs were recorded, and the record was finished.

“I never wrote in that style again. Once the record was released, I heard all the “new Dylan” comparisons, so I steered away from it. But the lyrics and spirit of Greetings came from a very unselfconscious place. Your early songs come out of a moment when you’re writing with no sure prospect of ever being heard. Up until then, it’s just you and your music. That only happens once.”

~~from Songs by Bruce Springsteen

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