The Story Behind Every Bruce Springsteen Song in “Blinded by the Light”

By Dave Lifton

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Gurindha Chadha’s new film Blinded By the Light tells the story of a British teenager of Pakistani descent whose life is altered when he’s introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen. In a rare move, Springsteen allowed 12 of his songs to be used in the soundtrack. They range from some of his biggest hits to live renditions to a song Springsteen has never released. Here’s the story behind every song in Blinded By the Light.


Released as the lead single from 1984’s Born in the U.S.A., “Dancing in the Dark” became the highest-charting single of Bruce Springsteen’s recording career. It spent four weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it was kept out by Prince‘s “When Doves Cry.”


The title track to The River, Springsteen’s first No. 1 album, was recorded the first time he ever performed it. In September 1979, Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and other musicians concerned about nuclear power played the No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden calling themselves Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE). Springsteen introduced “The River,” a tale of a shotgun marriage that has grown cold, by saying that it was about his sister and brother-in-law. The benefits were turned into a triple-album and a movie.

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