Bruce Springsteen – I’m Going Down

Bruce makes it abundantly clear that he is not going to town, nor dinner, or in any way… up…nope he is going down, down, down etc… He repeats “down” over eighty times in this song…My word count counts 90 in the song. I don’t care…its a good song and as Bruce always does he sings it with conviction.

The reason I like this song is the overall sound that Bruce got on the guitar and the echo in his voice… it’s just perfect. I can hear the Sun Records influence in this one.

Born In The USA was the album I listened to endlessly in 1984-1985. You heard it everywhere you turned. A friend of mine (big Bruce fan from the old days) saw Bruce in 85 and he was depressed that Bruce was no longer a cult performer anymore. The horse was out of the barn so to speak…The public knew and knew him well. Bruce and that bandana were all over the news and any magazine you read.

Born in the USA had 7 top ten singles… I’m Going Down peaked at #9 in the Billboard 100 and #23 in Canada in 1985. The album was released on June 4, 1984… this song was at #9 over a year later on October 25, 1985. This was the 6th of the 7 singles to go to the top 10. My Hometown being the last in January of 1986…and it peaked at #6… within 5 months of two years after the release.

Lets fire up the Delorean and go back to 1985…please…

I’m Going Down

We sit in the car outside your house
I can feel the heat coming ’round
I go to put my arm around you
And you give me a look like I’m way out of bounds
Well you let out one of your bored sighs
Well lately when I look into your eyes

Down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down

We get dressed up and we go out, baby, for the night
We come home early burning, burning, burning in some fire fight
I’m sick and tired of you setting me up yeah
Setting me up just to knock-a knock-a knock-a me down

Down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down, hey now

I pull you close now baby but when we kiss I can feel a doubt
I remember back when we started
My kisses used to turn you inside out
I used to drive you to work in the morning
Friday night I’d drive you all around
You used to love to drive me wild yeah
But lately girl you get your kicks from just driving me down

I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down

I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, hey bopa d-d-down

I’m goin down, down, down, down
I’m goin down, hey bopa d-d-down
I’m goin down, down, down, yeah
I’m goin down, down, hey bopa hey bopa

Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down
Hey babe mmm bopa bopa said down
Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down
Hey hey mmm bopa bopa say
Hey unh say down, down, down, down, down
Hey down now, say down, down, down, down, down

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

46 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen – I’m Going Down”

  1. I have a friend who was the same way- up until Born In The USA Bruce was his favorite- after this- I don’t think he’s had a good word to say about The Boss- and my friend is the same about U2- after The Joshua Tree— they quit being cult artists and got big.. I can’t penalize someone for that. I think in Bruce’s case- from what he’s done since BITUSA- he has backed away from making albums that would be crazy popular.

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    1. In Bruce’s case from all I read he thought it would be huge and was hesitant about releasing it. No you can’t blame the artist for becoming huge.
      I do think it got insane and more than he ever thought. It’s like 10 years after all that hype from Born to Run it all came true.
      My friend didn’t like the lack of intimacy from the stage anymore…and he wasn’t “his” artist anymore. Yea I can see the same thing with U2.

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      1. you probably read the same thing- Born In The USA was done and in the can- and he and his people knew it was going to be huge… he let it sit a while and recorded and released Nebraska while they figured out what to do with BITHUSA…. as far as Bruce- I think his best work ends with Tunnel Of Love not that he hasn’t done good work since but it became more spotty after the 80’s ended.

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      2. I agree with you. Tunnel of Love is the last one I truly loved. There were spots on Lucky Town and Human Touch…but only spots. He should have made one album from the two…still it would not have matched Tunnel of Love or before.
        Nebraska was a gamble at the time…getting it to album was trouble enough with that cassette recording.

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      3. I remember when Nebraska came out -the original reaction from fans was mixed. … I have always thought the same with Lucky Town/ Human Touch- there was a good single album there– it seemed to me that even 4 years or so between albums- he didn’t have a lot to say at that point.

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      4. That is also when he began breaking his rule about publicity and showing up on talk shows and saying more publicly. I was stunned when he appeared on Letterman.

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      5. Kind of off topic- who do you think as far as rock stars have been the best interviews? Bruce seems to me at least better off letting the music do the talking for him.

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      6. Yes Bruce got too political for me…and Bono is there also.
        Pete Townshend is always interesting although like Lennon it’s only what he is feeling at the moment. Keith Richards also is a good interview.
        My picks would be Townshend and Richards. I’m sure someone else will pop up after I hit send.

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      7. Those are great choices. Yes the frustrating thing about John was the constant changing depending on how he was feeling at the moment. I think had he lived maybe he would have become more consistent. Keith and Pete are always enjoyable to listen to.

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      8. Pete can do that changing some but you can tell he relishes being a spokes person. Keith will just tell it how it is.
        I will tell you who I don’t like reading an interview from…Mick Jagger. He doesn’t give away much at all. It’s a lot of….that was a long time ago I don’t remember.

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      9. Mick is a great performer- I’d go as far as saying he’s the greatest front man ever- but I’ve never found him to be all that interesting. I remember a number of years ago- I think Phillip Norman had a bio out on Mick and when I saw it my first thought was -that can’t be too interesting. Some are pretty occupied with their public images to give much away. I love Bob but I wonder at this point if he even knows the fact from fiction of his entire life.

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      10. Well I read that bio because it was nothing else at the time. I cannot remember much from it because it was pretty boring. I do remember he took a lot of money to write his own but then gave it back.

        We probably found out more about Jagger in the Richards book than we ever will anywhere else. Although I know Keith may have probably exaggerated some. Another book that Jagger and Richards are revealed is the Stanley Booth book.

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  2. Ha I think I would have lost my marbles trying to count how many times the Boss says ‘Down’
    Great write up Max and thanks for always posting the chart success in Canada as well.

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  3. I think Born In The USA is a great album. I think most music fans would think that, even Springsteen diehards, if the album hadn’t blown up like it did. And then it becomes paradoxical, everybody likes it so everybody hates it–at least the, so called, music snobs. Sorry, don’t mean to get on a soap box. I’m very proletariat when it comes to music and books and very snobby when it comes to movies. So I get both sides of the argument, but the snobs are irritating, nonetheless. Great song!

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    1. Yes Bruce wasn’t “his” artist anymore and he didn’t like that.
      I agree….the more popular it gets the more people resent it. I know some people who don’t like The Beatles because so many people like them… there is a reason folks.

      The timing of that record…like some others was perfect.

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      1. Hear. Hear. My mom was kind of like that with The Beatles. She was from the 5os generation, the birth of Rock and Roll, Elvis (oh my gosh! how she and my aunt loved him!) Fats Domino, Brenda Lee…She resented The Beatles a bit, but she had to admit that they were good. Because they are, there’s really no intelligent debate about it.

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      2. I know some Elvis fans who do resent them now that you mention it. My dad did a little but the more he heard them from me…he started to catch on a little.

        My dad did do one thing that makes me smile. He got into a fight with Pat Boone over a girl. The both of them were going to a school together…before Pat was famous. I wished I would have found out more about it.

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      3. Eh. My dad just ignored the Beatles and kept on listening to Elvis. My mom wasn’t a Beatles fan, either. She was into Motown. She wasn’t that big on Elvis and really hated his movies. Both were into shagging.

        My dad’s younger brother (by eight years), he got into Chicago and Clapton. He never developed into a Beatle fan, either. I still gotta find a pic of my mom’s younger brother that looked like McCartney…

        My wow also covered the Pat Boone thing. Damn.

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      4. Oh yea some people did but the Big E wasn’t hard to surpass in the sixties at times because of that awful movie soundtrack music he was making that the Colonel had him on.

        Yes I’m proud of that fact about my Dad. My uncle backed the story up but I didn’t get many details from hit.

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      5. The Colonel was Elvis’ downfall. I’ve seen some of Elvis’ other work, besides the silly girls movies. He was a damn fine actor and wanted pursue that path. He just never got over the loss of his twin or his mama.

        Good on your dad. Pat Boone isn’t the goody two shoes he is made out to be. All an act…

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      6. He would have been a good actor I agree. The colonel turned down A Star Is Born…that would have helped him get his acting career back…

        Plus Pat has no soul

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    1. It reminds me of Sun Records a bit. I’m glad you found out about that guitar…I would have sworn it was a Broadcaster.

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      1. Ha yeah good to know — though the broadcasters have that same snap and crackle. It’s such a classic sound. Exposed at the start though without the bottom end, you kind of think….gees dial back the top end a bit guys….if you were in the room it would rip your head off lol

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      2. I have a telecaster and yes they can get out of control easy. That sound goes right through you.

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      3. lol to stun…. When I first got mine…I didn’t know a lot about telecasters at the time. Other guitar players love it. It has a 5 toggle switch and a rosewood neck…I got my moneys worth. I had to learn how to play it properly as far as sound….it’s like a fast car…it will get away from you.

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  4. A good one you seldom here anymore. When I re-bought a copy of the album last year I found myself enjoying the songs NOT on radio a lot more than the 2 smash singles (“Dancing in the Dark” and the title track… I realize there were several other singles, but most people and radio seem to have forgotten)…”My Hometown” and “darlington County” espeically.
    He’s like most successful artists who aren’t overnight sensations… some of their early fans will resent their popularity because it makes them feel less elite. I’ve seen that happen with U2, REM, Barenaked Ladies in Canada. Maybe those fans should feel good that they were onto something good early!

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    1. Yes Darlington County, No Surrender, and this one are the ones I go to a lot.

      You said the right word…elite. Like they own the artists. They are not different anymore. It happened to the Grateful Dead also when they hit big in the 80s.

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      1. true, and I was one of those wagon-jumpers with them (The Grateful Dead).. up until In The Dark I think hearing “Casey Jones” maybe half a dozen times was my whole experience with their music… I knew their name and logos but not the music.

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  5. “Born in the USA” brought Springsteen on my radar screen. While many of the album’s tunes have been overexposed, I still like the album to this day; though after discovering Springsteen’s earlier records, I realized I generally prefer his earlier work. If I had to pick one, I’d go with “Born to Run.”

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    1. I am in the minority I believe…I like his debut album so much… Born In The USA wasn’t his best to me but it was the soundtrack to my teens for sure. I did like the sound he captured on it.
      I like Born to Run also…it’s a great piece of work.

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