As ‘Western Stars’ hit record stores and streaming services everywhere last week, The Boss has also dropped a video for the title track. It’s streaming below.
“Western Stars” comes after “Tuscon Train,” “There Goes My Miracle” and “Hello Sunshine” as single releases from the record.
The minimal sound has a country feel with a piano and pedal steel that builds until a full orchestra comes in until last verse. In the song, Springsteen sings from the perspective of an older male man who is grateful he is still alive.
It’s bittersweet as the character knows his best days have passed him by. The hero still gets recognised for his appearance in a credit card advert and bagging free drinks for his crowning glory; the time he got shot in a John Wayne movie.
According to UCR, the tunes on Western Stars are reported to have been written and recorded around 2012, but never saw the light of day until now.
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