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Morning Song – Cadillac Ranch

October 8, 2015

Bruce Springsteen’s always been a great absorber of musical influences.  In the late 1970s he wrote an album’s worth of rockabilly songs.  (In fairness, in the late ’70s Springsteen wrote an album’s worth of several different genres of music.  He had a lot of stuff he was trying to work out.)  In doing so, he also captured the utter bleakness and desperation undergirding much of rockabilly music, never more fully than on “Cadillac Ranch”.

“Cadillac Ranch” sounds like a goofy song about a goofy (remarkable!…but goofy) bit of Americana—the Cadillac Ranch art installation outside Amarillo, Texas that stands as a monument to mid-20th century America’s love for and obsession with all things automotive.  It’s actually a meditation on death.

Well…meditation is perhaps too strong and formal a word.  It’s more like a raucous, head-long rush away from meditation and into frenetic, desperate, weirdly joyous activity.  After all, there’s only so much death a man can take.

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