News

Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ draft a lot different than final track

Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ draft a lot different than final track

'BORN TO RUN:'The Boss' original lyrics aren't the same as the version everyone knows. Photo: Associated Press

The original handwritten lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s iconic song “Born To Run” are to be displayed in public for the first time – and they reveal some startling differences from the finished track.

In December, the draft lyrics for the 1975 classic smashed estimates after going under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house in New York for $197,000, almost double the estimate of $100,000.

The mystery buyer has now revealed himself as Floyd Bradley, from California, who is loaning the lyric sheet to officials at Duke University in North Carolina, where both his daughter, Melissa, and Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica, are due to graduate this weekend.

The sheet of words will be displayed at the university’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library until June 27, and a preview look has revealed Springsteen’s initial draft of the song was a lot different to the eventual lyrics.

There is no mention of the writer’s lover ‘Wendy’, who features heavily in the finished track, and instead Springsteen makes several references to a “gold Chevy 6″ car, that were later removed from the song.

The lyric sheet also features Springsteen’s margin notes, which include the words “wild angels” and “the rebels”, but despite the differences, the song’s famous hook – “Tramps like us/Baby we were born to run” – is featured in the chorus.

Meg Brown, exhibit librarian at Duke University, says, “Something as iconic as this song, it’s going to be important to American history. It came in at a time with a lot of change in American history and it made a significant difference.”

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top pop songs

markronson

LISTEN: This week's top pop songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

Angelina Jolie crowned world’s top feminist icon

Angelina Jolie arrives at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson top the list of the world's foremost feminist icons.

in Entertainment, National

Celebrities protest new Indiana law

George Takei poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Celebrities call for an Indiana boycott after the passing of a controversial law that could lead to discrimination against gay couples.