Friday, April 26, 2013

Good Tunes: Terry's Song

While sitting at my desk just now, this hidden track from the Boss's Magic album came on through my little office speaker. I had completely forgotten about this song and was immediately thrust back over five years ago, sitting with my new baby boy.

I used to sing this song to the newborn little Teddy when I was feeding him and rocking him to sleep. I know that part of it is based around loss and death, but I didn't dwell on that part. I just loved telling this new little thing how special he was.

I'll post Annabel's song soon. That's a John Denver one and I love that one too.

"Terry's Song"

By: Bruce Springsteen

Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, 
but many ships have ruled the seas
They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone, 
but they could build another if they please
Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose
But when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun
And sometimes something comes along 
and you know it's for sure the only one
The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus, Mary, and Joe
And when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

When they built you, brother, they turned dust into gold
When they built you, brother, they broke the mold

They say you can't take it with you, but I think that they're wrong
'Cause all I know is I woke up this morning, and something big was gone
Gone into that dark ether where you're still young and hard and cold
Just like when they built you, brother, they broke the mold

[harmonica bridge]

Now your death is upon us and we'll return your ashes to the earth
And I know you'll take comfort in knowing 

you've been roundly blessed and cursed
But love is a power greater than death, 

just like the songs and stories told
And when she built you, brother, she broke the mold

That attitude's a power stronger than death, 

alive and burning her stone cold
When they built you, brother

[harmonica bridge]

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