"Springsteen" (CD Single)

Music review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Romantic country ballad celebrates music and memories.

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age 9+
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Kids say

age 8+
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Positive Messages

In "Springsteen" a man recalls a love relationship he had as a teenager. The song connects memory with music ("Funny how a melody sounds like a memory"). Bruce Springsteen songs remind him of his girlfriend; memories of his girlfriend remind him of songs. This tune has a bittersweet, melancholy tone; the singer remembers his younger days fondly and emphasizes the meaning of music in his life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The singer recalls a past love and the ways music and his memories intertwine. The man in the song has a possibly ill-advised tattoo, but there's generally not that much to support him as a particularly good or poor role model.  Singer/songwriter Eric Church could be seen as a brave artist; he finished school with a bachelor's degree in marketing, and had the opportunity to enter a corporate career, but instead he followed his dream and became a musician.


"Springsteen" includes a couple of tame references to sexual desire. When the lyrics say "I'm on fire," the singer may be, but that's also the title of a Bruce Springsteen song. Later, he sings, "If I whispered your name / I bet there'd still be a spark."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The man in "Springsteen" sings that he and his girlfriend "fired up my daddy's lighter." They could be smoking something, or this could be a reference to holding up lighters in the audience at a concert.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eric Church's "Springsteen" is a bittersweet country song about a past love that also celebrates the connection between memories and music. The singer wonders if his former love remembers him when she hears a Bruce Springsteen song the way he thinks of her when he hears a song they enjoyed together. This romantic ballad includes several somewhat clever references to Springsteen song titles such as "I'm on Fire." In the song, the guy and his girlfriend fire up his dad's lighter, which could indicate smoking or simply refer to fans holding up lighters at a concert. The singer also refers to getting the girl's name tattooed on his arm back when "we didn't care what your mom would think."

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus March 23, 2013

Really good!

This song is very good! Sounds beautiful! I listen to it all the time! Kind of an emotional song, too. No bad content either.
Teen, 13 years old Written byHeq073198 June 21, 2012



What's the story?

Eric Church's single \"Springsteen\" is one of the songs on the artist's popular country album Chief. This ballad recalls a past love and the ways music and memories are connected. The character in the song sings about how hearing a Bruce Springsteen song always reminds him of times spent with his former love when he was younger. The lyrics include several Springsteen song titles, often using the words in titles to express feelings or ideas in the song (\"I'm on Fire,\" \"Glory Days,\" \"Born to Run,\" etc.).

Is it any good?

"Springsteen" is an extremely engaging love song that investigates the inextricable connection between music and memory in a pretty clever way. Eric Church and his co-writers, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell, work Bruce Springsteen song titles into the meaning of the lyrics: "Somewhere between that setting sun / I'm on fire and born to run / You looked at me and I was done." It's not super subtle, but it definitely adds feeling to the song. More subtle are the musical references to Springsteen's music -- a twinkling piano part, some "ooohs" -- which add complexity to the track and raises "Springsteen" above a lot of country-pop.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what "Springsteen" is saying about music and memories. What songs bring up vivid memories, good or bad, for you?

  • Does the singer regret getting a tattoo at a young age when "we didn't care what your mom would think / About your name on my arm"?

  • Can you pick out the musical and lyrical references to Bruce Springsteen?

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