Bruce Springsteen Discusses His Songwriting Secret

Jan 15, 2014 2:20pm

 

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Bruce Springsteen performs at the 7th annual "Stand Up For Heroes" event at Madison Square Garden, Nov. 6, 2013 in New York. Image credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, “High Hopes,” released Jan 14, 2014, is being gobbled up by the rock legend’s loyal worldwide fan base. It’s an eclectic collection of songs, some of which Springsteen has performed at his epic live shows, others that are brand new to the audience but have been kicking around Springsteen’s agile mind for some time. Just how long? For one song on the new album, “Harry’s Place,” the answer is: more than a decade.

Springsteen gave a glimpse into his writing process and this song in particular when he sat down with ABC’s Ted Koppel in 2002 for an interview around the release that year of his album “The Rising.”

The Boss talked about the simple spiral notebook he keeps nearby, on which he works out the lyrics that will become his songs.

“It’s just the book where I do my songwriting. It’s a general mess,” Springsteen said.

Springsteen tells Koppel that he liked the song “Harry’s Place” at the time, but ultimately cut it from album “The Rising.”

“I was trying to write something that went back to the imagery from my second album (“The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle”),” Springsteen explains. “It’s just one of those things that got left behind.”

But now, more than 10 years later, “Harry’s Place” can be heard.

Watch Koppel’s conversation with Bruce Springsteen from 2002:

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