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Bruce Springsteen: The River Meaning

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You know a dream is like a river
Ever changin' as it flows
And a dreamer's just a vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay...

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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 7:35am report


    Bruce himself, in his biography, has said that the song was written about her sister, who got pregnant at seventeen and her boyfriend just nineteen.

    A court house wedding and they are on their own and the difficult days ahead.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 26th, 2019 4:03pm report


    Kids just suck the life out of you....& then you get grandkids & play your vinyl ❤️



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    anonymous
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    Jul 23rd, 2018 7:20am report


    It's the story of a boy turned man. As a boy he was fully alive, in love and full of dreams. The river is not just a river but an allegory for emotion. The dreams and the love he had in his heart still remain as a man but they have faded below the surface and the drudgery of a hard blue-collar life. His wife shares the same feelings, emotions and shattered dreams though his act is not remembering, while her act is not caring. When he finally goes back to the river, both physically and emotionally, he questions why. Is his dream still alive or to be reinvigorated by the river that has dried? Or will he do "something worse" because he realizes he can't resurrect the past?



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    anonymous
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    Jan 13th, 2017 1:41pm report


    A real emotional song with a haunting presence coming down through our soul and guts. Feeling and enduring these sad pains that compounds eachother when the working man's dream fades away with the loss of job[s] like was during the rough economy of the 70's and 80's. A sad time when Bruce also felt the happy moments spend with his sister by The River, fall apart when his sister's future dream ended in a divorce marriage. And Yes, Bruce felt the dream that could've turned worse before and after the No-Nukes protests. All to remind us if the time comes for ''Is a dream a lie if it don't come true''- ''Or is it something worse''-''That sends me down to The River''- ''Though I know The River is dry''



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2016 2:12pm report


    It says "Hey you working at the car wash you wish you had a mansion like me".



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    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd, 2013 4:45am report


    It's about his sister and brother in law she fell pregnant at 17 his brother in law was forced to get a union job (he was 19)



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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 2012 3:53pm report


    He fell in love with a girl in high school and had to deal with getting her pregnant and marrying when he was 19.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2011 2:19pm report


    He fell in love at a young age and had a child. He was forced to marry her because of the morals of society back then, but was not unhappy with his marriage. Then his wife suddenly started becoming uncaring and distant as if she is unhappy with the way her life turned out which in turn is making him sad. The song is about him reminiscing on the way things used to be when they both loved each other and were as happy as can be.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2011 2:16pm report


    He fell in love at a young age and had a child. He was forced to marry her because of the morals of society back then, but was not unhappy with his marriage. Then his wife suddenly started becoming uncaring and distant as if she is unhappy with the way her life turned out which in turn is making him sad. The song is about him reminiscing on the way things used to be when they both loved each other and were as happy as can be.




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