‘Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul, I want control right now
You better listen to me baby
Talk about a dream, try to make it real
You wake up in the night with a fear so real
You spend your life waiting for a moment that just don’t come
Well don’t waste your time waiting’
Badlands, Bruce Springsteen
I am always torn about these lines in my favourite Springsteen song.
On one hand I can often see life passing me by.
The Damascus Road experience doesn’t come, the moment when things turn around or the idea that makes everything click into place doesn’t come or happen. Hoping that you will see the light and be a changed man proves to be elusive.
So I get something of the frustration Bruce describes in this song.
You talk about dreams, you try to make them real, you are awake at 2.35am with a fear so real. Bruce nails my frustration and struggle with the badlands.
Yet there is something in some of the words that I feel uncomfortable with.
It’s that sense in the song of forcing things, of ‘pushin’ till its understood’ or wanting ‘control right now’.
It’s the sense of having to seize the day and fight things, of not accepting things the way they are, of spitting in the face of the badlands.
In a world that pushes us around and treats us badly we’ve got to push back even harder and fight it.
It’s that sense of competing, fighting and pushin’ that I’m unsure about.
Is this not part of the problem with society, everyone fighting for his slice of the pie and his proper place?
In the lines about-
‘Poor man wanna be rich
Rich man wanna be king
And a king ain’t satisfied
Till he rules everything’
I’m not sure how much I should keep pushin’ with stuff, how pushy I should be.
So while loving the song for describing my frustrations with life I feel unsure about the way Bruce is going to deal with it.