Valentine's Day Lyrics - Bruce Springsteen
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I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart
It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you
A friend of mine became a father last night
When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers the timberwolf in the pines
And that great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my girl mister tonight I miss my home
Is it the sound of the leaves
Left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river
With the moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby
What scares me is loosin' you
They say if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God's light came shinin' on through
I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin' and born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms
No no baby it was you
So hold me close honey say you're forever mine
And tell me you'll be my lonely valentine
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Great imagery | Reviewer: Tom | 11/22/12
Musically, this song is lush and beautiful, with its hypnotic, rhythmic synthesizer. Lyrically, it is packed with powerful imagery (timberwolf in the pines, sound of the leaves, spooky old highway, wind in the grey fields, cold river bottom I felt rushing over me..).
This is great, great writing. Like several other compositions on "Tunnel of Love" and "Nebraska" that are rarely if ever played on the radio, this is one of Springsteen's best creations.
I think he's telling the story of a young person with the normal doubts, anxieties and insecurities of life, combined with the fragility and uncertainty of an important intimate relationship, and describing these emotions metaphorically as eerie and unpleasant experiences we can relate to.
The darkness of a cold, fall night where you're on a long drive and your mind is wandering with insecurities; the disillusionment of dreams that didn't come true... Conditions in your environment can definitely reinforce negative emotions, making them more painful and lingering. Perhaps that's what Bruce was getting at.
I never tire of hearing this song.
Sheer magic | Reviewer: Born to Run | 8/12/07
This is the one of the most heart-breaking, breath-taking, spine-tingling songs Bruce has ever written. It's just sheer magic.
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