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"Well time slips away and leaves you with nothing, mister, but boring stories of glory days."
Song: "Glory Days"
Why: If a number of the songs on the album reflect on times gone by and the unfortunate recession of vibrant youth, "Glory Days" at least has fun with it. When Springsteen says "boring" here, I don't think it's a bad thing. "Boring stories of glory days" are the trophy you have to show for a life lived full. At least that's how I'd like to read it. The character may say he hopes he doesn't "sit around thinking about it" when he gets old, but, he concedes, he probably will. And I bet he'll be glad for it when he does.
- Kristopher Tapley