She's the One (Bruce Springsteen song)

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"She's the One"
Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Born to Run
Released August 25, 1975
Recorded June 1975 at The Record Plant in New York, New York[1]
Genre Rock
Length 4:30
Label Columbia Records
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau
Born to Run track listing

"She's the One" is a song by Bruce Springsteen. Frequently featured in Springsteen and E Street Band concert performances, it first appeared on the Born to Run album in 1975. It was also released as the B-side to Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" single.[2]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"She's the One" was one of the songs that Springsteen wrote before beginning to record the Born to Run album, along with "Born to Run", "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland", although originally he was not sure whether to include it on the album.[3] Several versions of the song were recorded for Born to Run between April and June 1975, and the June 1975 version recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York is the one that was officially released.[1]

The topic of the song is the rock staple of an intensely attractive, but cold-hearted woman, who causes massive emotional turmoil for her lover. Although the singer knows the woman is a liar, he wants to believe her.[4] The lyrics reflect both the joys and yearnings of summer nights.[5] Like other songs on Born to Run, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Night", the story of the relationship is told in a flashback.[6] Musically, it has a staccato beat and a rhythm reminiscent of that of "Bo Diddley" songs.[2][5] As if to emphasize the Diddley-like riff, Springsteen has sometimes led into "She's the One" in concert with a Diddley song - either "Bo Diddley" or "Mona".[7] The percussive piano sound and the rhythms that are reminiscent of some Buddy Holly songs sound like an homage to older rock 'n' roll songs.[4]

"She's the One" has connections with other Springsteen songs. The line from "Backstreets", "I hated you when you went away" was originally a line in "She's the One".[4] "She's the One" includes references to French cream and French kisses, which were originally included in an early Springsteen song, "Santa Ana".[4][7] Springsteen has claimed that he wrote the song primarily because he wanted to hear E-Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons play its sax solo, and after he wrote the melody he then changed his mind.[2]

Live performances[edit]

The percussive piano part is a highlighted feature of one of many concert performances of "She's the One" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Working on a Dream Tour, Hartford Civic Center, April 24, 2009.

The song has become very popular live, and has been played 468 times as of 2008.[8] Some fans have claimed that "She's the One" and "Born to Run" were first played at a concert where Springsteen opened for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 9, 1974.[9] This has never been confirmed, and bootlegs of the concert do not contain either of these songs.[9] The first confirmed live performance of the song was on October 4, 1974.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice said that "She's the One" "fails the memory of Phil Spector's innocent grandeur".[10] Pitchfork Media's Mark Richardson felt that it is "powerful and catchy", but because "Springsteen at this point didn't know much about women or relationships", "She's the One" does not successfully portray its character.[11] On the other hand, Rolling Stone magazine later ranked it number 63 on its list of the 100 greatest Bruce Springsteen songs of all time.[12]

Personnel[edit]

  • Bruce Springsteen – electric guitar, vocals
  • Garry Tallent – bass guitar
  • Max M. Weinberg – drums
  • Roy Bittan – piano, harpsichord, Hammond organ
  • Clarence Clemons – tenor saxophone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brucebase, On the Tracks: Born to Run". Retrieved July 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Humphries, P. (1996). Bruce Springsteen. p. 23. ISBN 0-7119-5304-X. 
  3. ^ Marsh, D. (1979). Born to Run. p. 147. ISBN 0-440-10694-X. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-275-98938-0. 
  5. ^ a b Sawyers, J.S. (2006). Tougher Than the Rest. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-8256-3470-3. 
  6. ^ Marsh, D. (1979). Born to Run. p. 159. ISBN 0-440-10694-X. 
  7. ^ a b Basham, P. (2005). The Pocket Essential Bruce Springsteen. p. 29. ISBN 1-903047-97-8. 
  8. ^ "Statistics from brucespringsteen.it". Retrieved February 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. p. 28. ISBN 0-275-98938-0. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 22, 1975). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Richardson, Mark (November 18, 2005). "Bruce Springsteen Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Edition > Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 1, 2006. 
  12. ^ "100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time: She's the One". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 

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