April 9.2015 – The Story Behind “Springsteen” by Eric Church

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Eric Church penned the song “Springsteen” with bandmate Jeff Hyde (who also co-penned “Smoke A Little Smoke,”) and Ryan Tyndell.

“I lived that song. I was 15 years-old and she was 16. We had that love affair where you connect with someone, and the artist that was playing becomes a soundtrack.

When Bruce Springsteen’s assistant and road manager Wayne LeBeaux attended Church’s concert on August 19, 2012 in Gilford, New Hampshie, he bought with him a gift from The Boss. “(LeBaux) came on the bus and was telling me this story,” Church recalled to Billboard magazine. “As they were leaving the Fenway show, (Springsteen) said, ‘Wayne, what are you doing this weekend?’ ‘I’m going to see Eric Church.’ “No kidding,’ and (Springsteen) took out a set list and wrote me a great note, filled up the whole back of the set-list talking about how he was a fan of the song, how his family was a fan of the song. He signed it and said ‘I hope we cross paths somewhere’ and told (LeBeaux), ‘Make sure you deliver this to Eric.'”

“It’s a pretty incredible note,” continued Church. “It’s the first time I’ve officially heard from him. I had heard he was a fan of the song, but it’s the first time I officially heard. It means the world to me – and the set list is three hours and 37 minutes. That impressed me, too.”

“Springsteen” became Church’s second country #1 following his previous single, “Drink In My Hand,” which topped the chart six months earlier.

Church won Song of the Year for “Springsteen” at the 2012 American Country Awards.

LYRICS: Written by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell
To this day when I hear that song, I see you standing there on that lawn
Discount shades, store bought tan, flip-flops and cut off jeans
Somewhere between that setting sun, I’m On Fire and Born To Run
You looked at me and I was done, we were just getting started

I was singing to you, you were singing to me
I was so alive, never been more free
Fired up my daddy’s lighter and we sang oh
Stayed there ’til they forced us out
We took the long way to your house
And I can still hear the sound
Of you saying, “Don’t go”

When I think about you
I think about 17
I think about my old Jeep
I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night
Springsteen

I bumped in to you by happenstance
You probably wouldn’t even know who I am
But if I whispered your name, I bet there’d still be a spark
Back when I was gasoline and this old tattoo had brand new ink
And we didn’t care what your momma think ’bout your name on my arm

Baby is it spring or is it summer
The guitar sound or the beat of the drummer
You hear sometimes late at night on your radio
Even though you’re a million miles away
When you hear Born In The USA
Do you relive those glory days from so long ago

When you think about me
Do you think about 17
Do you think about my old Jeep
Think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night
Springsteen, Springsteen

Woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night
Springsteen, Springsteen, oh, Springsteen

Woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh woah-oh-oh-oh Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

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