Thursday, June 25, 2009

Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?

So I've decided to create a blog where every few days, I'll post the lyrics to a song and maybe a video to go along with it as well as my thoughts.

Bruce Springsteen is without a doubt one of the greatest artists ever, and in my humble opinion his best work comes from his first three albums. One of the more under-the-radar songs from his debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ", is "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?". It's a short song and doesn't have a lot of actual meaning, at least on the surface. Its random verses are reportedly mostly based on people he came across back in his early songwriting days. Also, his father was a bus driver. Anyway, this is rock music in one of its best moments.

Song: Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? (1973)
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ

Hey bus driver, keep the change
Bless your children, give them names
Don't trust men who walk with canes
Drink this and you'll grow wings on your feet

Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine
Advertiser on a downtown train
Christmas crier bustin' cane
He's in love again

Where dock worker's dreams mix with panther's schemes
To someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in VistaVision
Perform for out-of-state kids at the late show

Wizard imps and sweat sock pimps
Interstellar mongrel nymphs
Rex said that lady left him limp
Love's like that (sure it is)

Queen of diamonds, ace of spades
Newly discovered lovers of the Everglades
They take out a full-page ad in the trades
To announce their arrival

And Mary Lou, she found out how to cope
She rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asks her for the dope
She said, "Man, the dope's that there's still hope"

Senorita, Spanish rose
Wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throws a rose
To some lucky young matador