Bruce Springsteen Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Bruce Springsteen quotes and Bruce Springsteen sayings, and Bruce Springsteen proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"I’m interested in what it means to be an American. I’m interested in what it means to live in America. I’m interested in the kind of country that we live in and leave our kids. I’m interested in trying to define what that country is."

"While I wasn’t very good at much else in school, in my creative-writing classes or when we had to do some writing in my English classes, I tended to do better at it."

"I don’t write demographically. I don’t write a song to reach these people or those people."

"The first thing that I do when I come out every night is to look at the faces in front of me, very individually."

"You ask for your audience’s investment in your music; you’re in a relationship with them. And their relationship with the E Street Band is separate from whatever else I might do. I like the idea of us being something that people rely on."

"I was an insecure young man. So my need for total dedication from the people I was working with was very great. Those things were tempered as time passed by."

"Most bands don’t work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult. Very, very difficult."

"At the time, there was a great disagreement over ‘The Wild and the Innocent,’ and I was asked to record the entire album over again with studio musicians. And I said I wouldn’t do it, and they basically said, ‘Well hey, look, it’s going to go in the trash can.’ That’s the record business, you know."

"I think you have a limited amount of impact as an entertainer, performer, or musician."

"My dad was young; he went to work. But he’d been to war. He’d seen some of the world. It wasn’t like he was going to be an extensive traveler or something. It didn’t seem to be in his nature or in the nature of his parents or many of the folks in my family, really."

"I was a pretty sensitive kid and quite neurotic, filled with a lot of anxiety, which all would have been very familiar to my pop, you know? Except it was a part of himself he was trying to reject, so I got caught in the middle of it, I think."

"I think I created my particular stage persona out of my dad’s life, and perhaps I even built it to suit him to some degree."

"An outgrowth of having a long career is that I have a lot of interesting things around that I get to revisit, and someday get to the place where they become something that I want to do next."

"I’m not in any rush. I’m not somebody who, if I write a song, I get it out. That’s not something I’ve ever really quite done."

"The wonderful thing about rock music is even if you hate the other person, sometimes you need him more, you know. In other words if he’s the guy that made that sound, he’s the guy that made that sound, and without that guy making that sound, you don’t have a band, you know."

"Most bands don’t work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult."

"When I was very, very young, I decided that I was gonna catalogue my times because that’s what other people who I admired did. That’s what Bob Dylan did, that’s what Frank Sinatra did, Hank Williams did, in very different ways."

"If I have a song that I feel is really one of my best songs, I like it to have a formal studio recording because I believe that something being officially released on a studio record gives it a certain authority that it doesn’t quite have if it comes out on a live album or is just a part of your show, you know."

"For me, I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn’t do very well in school. The basic system of education, I didn’t fit in; my intelligence was elsewhere."

"You can’t have a United States if you are telling some folks that they can’t get on the train. There is a cracking point where a society collapses."

"The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we’ve had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world."

"Steve Van Zandt, the poor guy, doesn’t get to play enough as it is with me hogging a lot of the solos. Steve has always been a fabulous guitarist. Back from the day when we were both teenagers together, he led his band and played lead and was always a hot guitar player."

"I was signed to a record label at the same time as my friend Elliot Murphy, who makes great records to this day. "

"After ‘Born to Run,’ I had a reaction to my good fortune. With success, it felt like a lot of people who’d come before me lost some essential part of themselves. My greatest fear was that success was going to change or diminish that part of myself."

"All the music I loved as a child, people thought it was junk. People were unaware of the subtext in so many of those records, but if you were a kid, you were just completely tuned in, even though you didn’t always say – you wouldn’t dare say it was beautiful."

"I think you can get to a point where nihilism, if that’s the right word, is overwhelming, and the basic laws that society has set up – either religious or social laws – become meaningless."

"I was in my late 20s, in the process of shaping my musical outlook and what I wanted it to be about, when I first encountered Woody Guthrie."

"‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ came out of a huge body of work that had tons of very happy songs."

"The name ‘Boss’ started with people that worked for me… It was not meant like Boss, capital B, it was meant like ‘Boss, where’s my dough this week?’ And it was sort of just a term among friends. I never really liked it."

"I have to write and play. If I became an electrician tomorrow, I’d still come home at night and write songs."

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