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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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."
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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