Springsteen’s Handwritten “Born To Run” Lyrics Reveal Song Revisions

A notebook page on which Bruce Springsteen worked on his trademark song, “Born To Run,” is going up for auction at Sotheby’s and is valued between $70,000 and $100,000.

The page reveals that the song didn’t come fully formed onto the page. Rather, much of the original lyric was reworked.

Early version of “Born To Run.”

Check out a larger version of the notebook page here.

Here’s a line that didn’t make it:

They live in fury chasin’ the bad kind of fools glory down a killer’s highway into mainlined [scribbled word] of the sun.

Here are some lines that in revamped form did:

I looked out cross my hood + saw the highway buckle neath the wheels of a gold Chevy 6.

I was headin for the place were good girls die in the arms of wild angels in one last kiss.

There’s also this alternative version of that last line:

I was headin for the place where wild angels die in an everlasting or neverending kiss.

If this is of interest, there’s an article in the New York Times to check out.

Here’s the released version:

— A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post —

About Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael recently completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, and is currently writing a second novel.

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