Sometimes a songwriter comes up with a turn of phrase that captures more than can be said in a novel. The subject of the song is ambivalent about love and commitment. The illusion of freedom is shattered by a dose of reality. "When he got there, he didn't find nothin but road." I could not think of a more eloquent way to put it if I spent years. Brilliant.
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Springsteens' greatness can be found in the intimate narratives of his less popular songs that are often not his commercial hits. In "Cautious Man", Springsteen tells the story of man who has found love but remains tormented with doubt, hoping he can live with both.
The Album, Tunnel of Love (1987) is among his best and perhaps his most personal.
I can't believe that there isn't one single review for this hidden gem. It is truely one of the Boss's most intimate songs that tells a short story that leaves room for debate about its meaning. Do what ever you have to do to find this song and listen to it at least once. If you don't, you've been cheated by yourself.