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“We sit in the car outside your house
I can feel the heat coming ’round
I go to put my arm around you
and you give me a look like I’m way out of bounds
well you let out one of your bored sighs
Well lately when I look into your eyes
I’m goin down

The first verse of the 6th single off Bruce Springsteen mainstream calling card… Born in the USA.  The song is “I’m Going Down.”

Bruce Springsteen – “I’m Going Down”

Can you believe this classic tale of the standard relationship experience almost didn’t even make the cut for the album? Granted, it was between this and another Boss jammer, “Pink Cadillac” but still… such a beautiful song.

Born in the USA is such a big and polished record, but my fave songs off this disc are the more melancholy downer cuts.  “I’m Going Down” or “I’m On Fire.”

On the Boss song “No Surrender” he sings that “we learned more from a 3 minute record than we ever did in school”… and that sentiment plays out in the melodrama of “I’m Going Down.”  It gets all Tarantino where we start at the end of a relationship that is fizzling out then travel back to happier times, passion and excitement.  It is such a sad, modern tragedy.

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Today I woke up and read the story that Vampire Weekend had to cancel their only US show this year.  The show is in the Hamptons and normally wouldn’t care but I clicked the link and read the story anyways.

I am kinda glad I did because I read that Vampire Weekend does a cover of “I’m Going Down.”

“It’s one of those classic songs that has very bright music and dark lyrics.  Coercing thousands of people into chanting those lyrics is pretty fun.”Rostam Batmanglij, Vampire Weekend

I had to seek this bomber out… and wouldn’t you know it?  They laid this cover down for an iTunes session.

Vampire Weekend – “I’m Going Down”

The cover by no means brings out the same emotion to me as the original.  But I like it because it is sounds like a cute, “Vampire Weekend sings Bruce, adorable” kinda song.

I always enjoy VW’s style… and having them cover one of my favourite Born in the USA songs puts a smile on my face this fine Tuesday.

Go with yourself.

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