Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lost Gem: "State Trooper" - Bruce Springsteen (1982)


"The only thing that I got's
been botherin' me
my whole life."

--> Bruce Springsteen <--


That uncomfortable feeling you get when you've been driving a while ...and you glance into the rear-view mirror and see a cop behind you.

You feel guilty...and try to retrace every maneuver you've made for the last 16 miles. Just like that.

This is simply Springsteen, guitar...and miles and miles of loneliness. Powerful loneliness. Lo-fi, stripped-down, late-night highway music. Solo...no passengers.

Lost Gem:--> "State Trooper"...utilizes a claustraphobic echoey reverb that is both haunting and effective. And made even more ominous by two relentless underbelly notes. Together it creates a cheap film noir vibe...listening to private thoughts of a desperate man losing control of his life. Wonderfully unsettling.

Have you heard this gem?


New jersey turnpike, ridin on a wet night
'neath the refinery's glow
Out where the great black rivers flow.
License, registration: I ain't got none
But I got a clear conscience 'bout the things that I done.
Mister state trooper, please don't stop me.
Please don't stop me, please don't stop me.

Maybe you got a kid, maybe you got a pretty wife.
The only thing that I gots been bothrin' me my whole life.
Mister state trooper, please don't stop me.
Please don't stop me, please don't stop me.

In the wee, wee hours your mind get hazy.
Radio relay towers lead me to my baby.
The radios jammed up with talk show stations.
Its just talk, talk, talk, talk, till you lose your patience.
Mister state trooper, please don't stop me.

Hey, somebody out there, listen to my last prayer.
Hi ho silver-o, deliver me from nowhere.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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video in vob to avi mac said...

"The only thing that I got's been botherin' me my whole life." It means a lot, right?
Good post!