Samara’s Mix-tape Submission

Happy Birthday, Samara!

For my pick in your birthday mix-tape, I selected (the below modified version of) Bruce Springsteen’s “No Surrender.”  The pounding rhythm of the song reminds me of your writing: a driving force that cannot be ignored.  The refrain easily stands in for your show-no-mercy posts.  You tackle sentimental and poignant topics in equal and measured strides, mixing current cultural issues with the experiences of your life.  This song resonates with me in so many ways, from the progression to the content, and for some reason I’m certain it resonates with you as well.  Plus, you are a Boss, too.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

…..

She busted out of class, had to get away from those fools.
She learned more from a three minute record than she ever learned in school.
Tonight she hears the neighborhood drummer sound,
She can feel her heart begin to pound,
She’ll never say she’s tired and never close her eyes to follow her dreams down.

She made a promise she swore she’d always remember:
No retreat, baby, no surrender.
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend:
No retreat, baby, no surrender.

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold.
You swore blood curses against the wind.
You’re ready to grow young again,
And hear your brother’s voice calling you home across broken projects.
Well maybe you could cut someplace of your own,
With your words and their effects.

‘Cause you made a promise you swore you’d always remember:
No retreat, baby, no surrender.
Truth writer in the stormy night with a vow to defend:
No retreat, baby, no surrender.

Now on the ‘sphere tonight the lights grow dim.
The walls of your room are closing in.
There’s a war outside still raging,
you say it ain’t ours anymore to win.
You want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in your lover’s bed,
With a wide open country in your eyes,
And these romantic dreams in your head.

Because you made a promise you swore you’d always remember:
No retreat, baby, no surrender.
Blood poet in the stormy night with a vow to defend:
No retreat, baby, no surrender,
No retreat, baby, no surrender.

…..

And here’s the original version for your listening pleasure:

http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=560830

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7 thoughts on “Samara’s Mix-tape Submission

  1. Awesomely appropriate, Matt.

    Gotta share, quickly: Born in the USA just out, I’m on the lawn at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in late August with, oh, 20,000 other Boss fans, three hours to showtime, pouring down rain. Bruce and the E Street Band come out for sound check and play Creedence’s Who’ll Stop the Rain? And the rain stops. Not a drop for the rest of the night. Best Springsteen moment ever. In the set, they play a far-from-the-album version of No Surrender, way slow, an anthem for some messed up ’80s. And all of us strangers on the lawn join hands and sing along. Good gravy. Samara would have been there if she’d been born a decade earlier, I’m convinced.

  2. She’s a total Boss! With a capital B. The way I capitalize Excellent in regards to her. Yes, yes, and … yes. Loved the tribute, Matticus. It’s so very well said.

    (Happy birthday, Samara!)

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