Every time I hear this song, I remember how much I loved the opening verse, right from the moment I first dropped needle on vinyl:
The screen door slams, Mary’s dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey, that’s me and I want you only
Don’t turn me home again, I just can’t face myself alone again
I was lucky enough to hear the Boss play this live, in what seemed like the split second between Born to Run’s release and it exploding (along with his career) commercially, at the old Agora in Atlanta. Small venue, and a stage close to the audience. In a way, it was almost too intimate. I loved every second of it.
“Thunder Road” is one of those songs that’s burned on my soul. It’s a part of my life in some deep-set way. It’s what makes pop music great.