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“One soft infested summer
me and Terry became friends
trying in vain to breathe
the fire we was born in
catching rides to the outskirts
tying faith between our teeth
sleeping in that old abandoned beach house
getting wasted in the heat
and hiding on the backstreets
hiding on the backstreets
with a love so hard and filled with defeat
running for our lives
at night on them backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark
on the beach at Stockton’s Wing
where desperate lovers park
we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
huddled in our cars waiting
for the bells that ring
in the deep heart of the night
to set us loose from everything
to go running on the backstreets
running on the backstreets
we swore we’d live forever
on the backstreets we take it together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag
where dancers scraped the tears
up off the street dressed down in rags
running into the darkness
some hurt bad some really dying at night
sometimes it seemed you could hear the whole damn city
crying blame it on the lies that killed us
blame it on the truth that ran us down
you can blame it all on me Terry
it don’t matter to me now
when the breakdown hit at midnight
there was nothing left to say but I hated him
and I hated you when you went away

Laying here in the dark
you’re like an angel on my chest
just another tramp of hearts
crying tears of faithlessness
remember all the movies, Terry, we’d go see
trying to learn how to walk
like heroes we thought we had to be
and after all this time
to find we’re just like all the rest
stranded in the park and forced to confess
to hiding on the backstreets
hiding on the backstreets
we swore forever friends
on the backstreets until the end”.

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Traduzione.

“Una dolce estate maledetta
io e Terry diventammo amici
cercando invano di respirare
il fuoco in cui eravamo nati
correndo verso la periferia
stringendo la fiducia tra i denti
dormendo in quella vecchia casa abbandonata
sulla spiaggia distrutti dal caldo
e nascondendoci nelle strade secondarie
nascondendoci nelle strade secondarie
con un amore così tenace e pieno di sconfitte
correndo per sopravvivere di notte
per quelle strade secondarie

Danzando lentamente nel buio
sulla spiaggia a Stockton’s Wig
dove vanno gli amanti disperati
noi stavamo seduti in compagnia
dell’ultimo LP dei Duke Street Kings
abbracciati nelle nostre auto
in attesa del rintocco delle campane
nel cuore nero della notte dimenticando tutto
per andare a correre nelle strade secondarie
correre nelle strade secondarie
abbiamo giurato che avremmo per sempre vissuto
insieme nelle strade secondarie

Circondati da locali da due soldi tirati a lucido
dove i ballerini raschiano le lacrime dalle strade
vestiti da pezzenti correndo dentro l’oscurità
qualcuno ferito gravemente
qualcuno sul punto di morire
la notte a volte ti sembrava
di poter sentire piangere tutta la maledetta città
prenditela con le bugie che ci hanno uccisi
prenditela con la verità che ci ha buttati a terra
puoi dare tutte le colpe a me, Terry
non me ne frega più niente adesso
di quando a mezzanotte ci scambiammo l’addio
non c’era più nulla da dire, ma io l’ho odiato
e ho odiato te quando te ne sei andata via

Sdraiata nell’oscurità sei come un angelo sul mio petto
solo un’altra visione che piange lacrime di infedeltà
ricordi tutti i film, Terry, che andavamo a vedere
cercando di imparare a camminare come gli eroi
che pensavamo di dover diventare
e dopo tutto questo tempo ci siamo accorti
che siamo come tutti gli altri
prigionieri in un parcheggio
e costretti a confessare
di nasconderci in strade secondarie
nasconderci in strade secondarie
abbiamo giurato eterna amicizia
sulle strade secondarie fino alla fine
nascondendoci nelle strade secondarie…”.

(Traduzione a cura di Francesco Komd)

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Bruce Springsteen, Backstreets – 6:30
(Bruce Springsteen)
Album: Born to run (1975)
Album: Live/1975–85 (1986, live, recorded July 7, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre)

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Citazioni.

Backstreets is a song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Born to Run, which was released in 1975. In the original vinyl release, it concludes side one of the record. “Backstreets” begins with a minute-long instrumental introduction that features pianist Roy Bittan playing both piano and organ, with only occasional traces of any other instruments being heard. In his review of Born to Run for Rolling Stone, writer Greil Marcus said: “Backstreets … begins with music so stately, so heartbreaking, that it might be the prelude to a rock & roll version of The Iliad”. “Backstreets” has also been interpreted as a narrative about a homosexual relationship because the name Terry is sexually ambiguous. It has also been said to potentially represent a platonic but intense friendship between two men that has faded. However, listening to any of the numerous bootleg versions of “Backstreets” from the 1978 “Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour, Terry is repeatedly referred to as “she” and “little girl,” indicating that Terry is indeed a woman. Another interpretation is that it is about Springsteen’s relationship with his early ’70’s girlfriend, Diane Lozito. In his autobiography, Born to Run, Springsteen states that “Backstreets” is about a broken friendship. The melody and organ bear some resemblance to “Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan, an influence of Springsteen’s. Rolling Stone claims that it echoes mid-1960s Dylan, especially the organ part reminiscent of Blonde on Blonde.
During the 1978 Darkness Tour, Springsteen often added a semi-improvised interlude in between the final chorus and the outro. It usually involved Springsteen’s singing solo accompanied by the piano. The other instruments then joined in as the interlude built to a climax. It elaborated on the story of the protagonist and Terry. It differed from performance to performance but frequently involved the protagonist’s reminiscing about a good time he and Terry had shared, followed by an emotional condemnation of her subsequent betrayal. This interlude has become known to Springsteen fans as the “Sad Eyes” interlude (not to be confused with the Springsteen song of the same name) due to frequently occurring lyrics stating that Terry had sad eyes or should dry her tears. It also has been referred to as the “Baby I remember you” or “Little girl don’t cry” interlude. Parts of the interlude later materialized in recast form as the song “Drive All Night” on The River album in 1980. he interlude version of “Backstreets” has not been performed live since; however it can be heard on numerous fan bootlegs from that tour. In 2007, during Springsteen and the E Street Band‘s Magic Tour, “Backstreets” frequently found its way into the set list, most likely as a tribute to Springsteen’s longtime friend Terry Magovern, who died earlier that year. On April 22, 2008, it was the opening song of the first show following the death of longtime band member Danny Federici. During the 2009 Working on a Dream Tour, “Backstreets” performances sometimes teased the interlude.
Rolling Stone rated “Backstreets” to be the sixth greatest Springsteen song of all time”.

(Wikipedia, voce Backstreets)

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