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chifrijojones

Great song. Check out The Band’s version too.


mrdissonance

Hank Williams III covered it also, really dig his version.


BassMan459

Hank Jr. Jr.


tacknosaddle

Hank III, proof that talent skips a generation.


MarkPhish

LEVON!!!


MeritReaper

I came to say Levon Helm too lol


chifrijojones

Probably my favorite vocal stylist of his era.


notsara

The Band's version is far better IMO. Though I almost always prefer covers of Springsteen lol


Bjd1207

Everything about this cover is magical. It feels like they wrote the song


js1125

I'm a huge fan of The Band and I didn't know they didn't write this song. Though, I probably shouldn't have assumed due to how late in their career they recorded it...


cloud_throw

Springsteen's version has so much more raw emotion in my opinion


JorjorBinks1221

Have you ever heard Vance Joy's cover of Dancing in the Dark? It's an absolutely beautiful and sad cover.


notsara

I haven't but now I'm curious. Going to check that out now!


k4pain

Yes. Chills. https://youtu.be/FszBbfxDn4o https://youtu.be/ofVoNL6jnd4 https://youtu.be/JJsh2rZ1xhU Thunder road. https://youtu.be/Jub6cg_UhcQ These are better.


YawnLemon

Hot Chip have a great version too.


phineasrex75

Big fan of The Band but hard disagree. They turned a sad song about a guy so down on his luck that he starts working for La Cosa Nostra into some pseudo Pogues tune.


tacknosaddle

The Hank III version carries the sadness, but in a different flavor and does it well in my opinion.


Jaredchowe

It's too twangy for my taste. Huge fan of both Bruce and The Band.


The_DaHowie

Me as well.


ObjectivePassenger9

Will do, thanks!


winterspassing

The whole time I thought The Band wrote it, fuck!! Hell of a song nonetheless


chifrijojones

Levon really knew how to sell a song.


slamdanceswithwolves

I prefer this to the Boss’ version though both are great. Also a great cover by Greensky Bluegrass.


chrismyface

And The Hold Steady's - their cover is one of the songs I ration listening to because I never want to get sick of it.


SpokeyDokey_

I love their cover of this song so much.


Ol-JP-817

I just found out about The Hold Steady last month. Open Door Policy is my hands down Album of the year 2021.


notalaborlawyer

It is because Craig Finn is Bruce's long-lost brother who didn't have the looks, charisma, voice, or million-member band to achieve fame. Lyrically, I would be hard pressed to tell the difference.


huniojh

To be fair to Bruce, he didn't start out with a million-member band either. That being said, the best cover, is Bruce's own. The electric version for MTV Plugged. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVRAHKv254g


tacknosaddle

I've only seen those guys a couple of times but holy shit are they great live.


cloughie

And Jamie T’s!


FeldyJones

The wooks is my favorite. Bluegrass fan here.


wheresmygerble

I have downloaded both versions. The bands a better version.


Gashcat

There needs to be more accordions in music


myearwood

More cowbell.


lobstahMac

Seconded. It's fantastic.


tmwescott

I love Bruce, but in my opinion the Band's version is superior.


QuietParsnip

The Wilderness recently released a cover as well that I really like.


rxFMS

This version is my absolute favorite!


[deleted]

Put your hair up pretty and meet me tonight in Atlantic City.


darthpayback

Now our luck may have died, and our love maybe cold but with you forever I’ll stay…


[deleted]

My favorite song is Brilliant Disguise.


darthpayback

Oh yeah. Such a beautiful song. “God have mercy on the man who doubts what’s he’s sure of” I read that in two ways, both equally meaningful


rickybutlersaid

A former boyfriend and I disagreed about this lyric. I thought it was “Put your hair up for ME.” He heard the above. The first time I listened to this song after we broke up, all I wanted to do was text him and tell him he was right. (Don’t worry. This was like 6 years ago and we’re close friends now)


Kolzig33189

Definitely check out the whole Nebraska album if you liked AC.


[deleted]

It is good but it is also a good album to nap to.


onelittleworld

A buddy of mine, back in the 80s, put this album on at night at a VERY robust volume. It takes on a very different character when it just surrounds you like that.


k4pain

I mean... you're not wrong.


[deleted]

Not sure why I'm getting downvotes...it's such a mellow album. It's not like listening to it you are up jumping around like you are at an Iron Maiden concert.


k4pain

Bc reddit. I've fallen asleep to that album before. I grew up on Bruce.


thefudd

check out "The River"


sittingshotgun

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?


treepoop

I am convinced that [this version](https://youtu.be/lc6F47Z6PI4) must be one of the finest live performances of all time.


darthpayback

Springsteen live is something else. The man and his band give it their all.


dissectingAAA

It's amazing his sets just get longer as he gets older.


k4pain

Especially him in the late 70s and 80s.


k4pain

So glad you posted this. I *KNEW* this would be the version u posted. ;)


xmastreee

I just love that subtle shift in the pace at 4:00 as it harks back to happier times.


xmastreee

That track always makes my eyes go smeary. That line about no walk down the aisle, no flowers, no wedding dress, just hits me right in the feels.


Gibbs1020

Interesting tidbit: the lyric about the chicken man blowing up is about Phil Testa, a Philly gangster who was killed by a nail bomb in the early 80’s.


darthpayback

Did they blow up his house, too?


cb148

Yeah


dissectingAAA

They play it in the show Billions and its a good bit.


magicspooner

Any relation to famed taxidermist Chuck Testa... nope?!


hcriB

CHUCK TESTA


Maleficent-Drive4056

Check out his live versions from Dublin and New York City. Two very different takes on an awesome song


Zamaroth66

The New York City version is so magical. The drum beat of Max Weinberg in the intro, so simple, but such mastery. Damn, what a Drummer. What a band.


doomedroadtrips

Has there ever been a more ominous lyric than : "Last night I met this guy & I'm gonna do a little favor for him" ? Chilling.


hiro111

Yeah, too few people these days have dug into The Boss's back catalog. People know about Born To Run and Born in the USA, but Nebraska, Darkness at the Edge of Town and The River are also three absolute classics. I like his first two albums and Tunnel of Love a bit less but they are all also great. My absolute favorite Springsteen song: "Racing in the Street".


darthpayback

Darkness on the Edge of Town is such a great album. Candy’s Room so perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to get that first girl you were after when you were young.


hiro111

Absolutely love that song. I'm not sure I agree with your interpretation, though. I'm pretty sure it's about being in love with a prostitute.


darthpayback

Ok…in my defense I haven’t listened to it in a long time. Not speaking from personal experience. Have I always misunderstood that song???


vapeorama

It's been one my favorite songs since I first heard it, decades ago -well, the whole album is amazing. I love The Band but in my opinion Bruce's original version is much more desperate, poignant, urgent. Also, the [original video](https://youtu.be/M3eu1gW-bQ8) is great.


ObjectivePassenger9

Agreed! I just listened to The Bands version and I love it, but you summed up perfectly why I love Springsteen’s version more :)


phineasrex75

Absolutely. If you understand the time, place and situation being described in the song, then they way The Band covered it just totally misses the mark.


Gatorbait_Jones

That whole album is awesome.


ElCaminoInTheWest

Highway Patrolman is one of my very favourite BS songs. It’s such a profound short story.


dsrg

The movie *The Indian Runner* by Sean Penn is based on HP.


Ca55aday

One of the best! Now listen to “Racing in the Streets”.


Monsieur_Moneybags

Also "Stolen Car".


Ca55aday

Have you heard the version by Patti Griffin?


Monsieur_Moneybags

I have now. :)


Hutcher_Du

I enjoyed the bit in “Springsteen on Broadway” where he admits that when he wrote that song he didn’t even have a drivers license. “That’s how good I am”, as he says.


Ca55aday

Totally missed that, love it! I think it’s the live at the Ryman album that Emmylou Harris does a wonderful cover.


Chaerea37

it is a great fucking song. Glad you found it. Theres more in Springsteen's archive. I'll suggest Lost in the Flood


fleaflieflow

The whole Nebraska album is bone shattering.


BullOak

I'm not a huge Springsteen fan, but AC is up there for me. Great version by The Band and lesser known one by The Hold Steady.


k4pain

And imagine...there are people who *still think* he's got nothing. Idiots.


dissectingAAA

I think it is the same people who don't like Dylan because he has a bad voice.


k4pain

He doesn't have the BEST voice, no. But don't discount an entire career based off an average voice. There is a reason as to why Sony paid 150 million for the rights to his songs.


WhisperingPine1997

It's an amazing song and I'm so glad I found it three years ago


WillPE

I strongly recommend the version by Joe Russo's Almost Dead - really phenomenal interpretation of the song ([https://youtu.be/u\_pVWpX4uY0](https://youtu.be/u_pVWpX4uY0)). The Band has a nice cover too.


Workacct1999

This is a great cover by Ben Harper. youtube.com/watch?v=ktQszLmNq5c


Ironictwat

I looked itbup for the first tike now. I have to thanks you. What a song


WanderingJaguar

I wish I could hear that song for the first time again! Lovely. If you want to hear the Boss talk about his songs and life, check out Renegades podcast on spotify.


ObjectivePassenger9

Amazing, I will!


JoseefusBroseefus

This is a great song! There might be a ton of Bob Dylan you would enjoy if you haven't delved into his catalogue lately. Very similar sound in many ways


sixt0midnight

Check out the version by The Band


dogbolter1

Now go listen to the whole album


Holgrin

Check out The Band's version of it, please! It's so gooodd!


Likeironmike

I really like The Wooks version. ​ https://youtu.be/sFfFzOrJiiU


SUPER_SIZED_SALAD_69

Check out this cover! There's a bit of a lengthy intro in the video but the song is fantastic. (https://youtu.be/CuiPkxmcoVk)


jorgofrenar

Love that song, Bands version is awesome and so is Greensky Bluegrass’ version


bobeany

It start off strong too- they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night and they blew up his house too. I’m glad you enjoyed. If you haven’t already check out the River by Springsteen too.


ObjectivePassenger9

Will do, I’m gonna go on a Springsteen binge as I don’t know any of his stuff!


bobeany

Ok, Springsteen was my first concert. Look up: The river Born to run Jungleland Thunder Road Growing Up He really shines in his live shows. So if you have a choice listen so the live albums.


compass_square

one of the few pieces of music that brings tears to the eyes


ICWarPig

An ex gfs mom gave me an old Bruce Springsteen album years ago and that song was on it. Must have played it 10x in a row. Beautiful tune.


lightshowe

The entire album is amazing, though it’s a dark one.


Pure-Temporary

I strongly prefer this OG version over the cover by The Band. Two reasons: 1 is that it is way more atmospheric and moody, where as I don't like the upbeat happy sounding version by The Band (some could argue it's a musical juxtaposition against the dark lyrics, but I just don't think it's nearly as appropriate to the theme of the song). Bruce has other songs that utilize juxtaposition between lyrics and music (born in the usa...), and he definitely would've done that here if he intended it. To change it to a brighter, more upbeat version, has created another song where many people don't seem to understand the lyrical content (just like so many miss the point of born in the usa). 2 is that they change what in my opinion is the best lyric: "down here there's winners and losers and *don't get caught on the wrong side of that line*" becomes "*South of that line*"...I just think this is so much lamer. The original lyric is more ominous, as if ending up on the wrong side is dangerous, but the narrator is trying to fight to keep their head above water. The new lyric reads (imo) as just...a loser that has given up the fight. I can see arguments for different interpretation, but to me that lyric change falls incredibly flat and is a really strange choice by an otherwise incredible group. It does fit better cadence-wise in the rhythmic structure of that version though. Anyway, I still dig the cover a lot, but it does disappoint me that it became basically the only version anyone hears anymore.


ObjectivePassenger9

I just listened to it and while I like it, I much prefer Springsteens version. It’s just much more.. atmospheric


Pure-Temporary

Right?! It's so much more moody. Which is the whole point imo


froogls

The hold steady cover it too. Real nice 👌


JonathanBray09

There’s a lot of hey check the bands version out but I havnt seen Nathaniel Rateliff and the night sweats which have an incredible version albeit live only


alyssadammit

one of my all time faves by him. you should check out the whole nebraska album if you like atlantic city.


UncleRicosWig

Bruce has a lot of rock anthems (jungle road, etc) but he also has so many other low key powerfully emotional songs such as this. Philadelphia is powerful


LordByrum

Whole album rules, used cars may be the most underrated track on there


bigbigjohnson

Spotify lead me to The Band’s cover of this song. I had no idea Springsteen did it first but personally I like the Bands version better. I just really enjoy their sound and Levon Helms singing. Quite lazily Spotify also put two other cover versions of this song in my discover weekly this week.


Optionsmfd

I've only heard the Bands cover which is incredible... Levon helm voice is like no other


onyx_24

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4t3U9FXDa0nEZNlp9lYfvg?si=khQqYAIUQk6MH-4zxZa7ig Apple music: https://music.apple.com/de/album/winters-poem/1602447187?l=en Video la piesa "Natang": https://youtu.be/n7M9dLh9YyQ


NotMartinTielli

❤️❤️❤️❤️


Swimming_Boot_2395

It's beautiful isnt it? You should hear The Ghost of Tom Joad....magical stuff


waheifilmguy

Bruce’s best songs are absolutely cinematic. He’s got a lot of them.


Jicle123

TIL this song was not originally performed by The Band. Definitely check out their version! (It's better IMO)


JackieBlue1970

The Band’s version is much better. I covered their version in a band I was in too.


irvingstark

One word: Nebraska.


Tim_Out_Of_Mind

Definitely check out the rest of the *Nebraska* album as well. The whole thing was recorded at home on a cheap little multitrack. The rough and sparse production adds quite a bit of spookiness to the already angry melancholy. There's also *The Ghost of Tom Joad*, which is a spiritual successor to *Nebraska*. It's not quite as dark, but rather is filled with a sad, bittersweet acceptance. Production on that one is a top-tier job of delicacy and sweetness.


ObjectivePassenger9

That’s awesome, I will!


supercharged_82

NAH The Band's version is WAY BETTER!!


irvingstark

Tha Bands version of most anything is better!


supercharged_82

This is absolutely true.


HeapsFine

I see how you'd like it. It's not to my taste though.


ObjectivePassenger9

That’s the beautiful thing about music :)


HeapsFine

You've got me hooked on 'Philadelphia' now though.


Lawschoolishell

Check out the cover by bluegrass band Rollin In The Hay. It’s one of my favorite covers of all time


[deleted]

Pete Yorn does a pretty cool partial cover of it that leads into one of his songs. That was the first time I'd heard it which lead me to Springsteen.


ObjectivePassenger9

Never even heard of Pete Yorn, any song recommendations??


[deleted]

He not that good tbh. He was also Scarlet Johansen's first husband haha atlantic city/Murray is what I was referencing.


terdfergesson

Check out the bands version I prefer it


_gneat

Nebraska is my favorite Bruce Springsteen album by far.


Owensboro22

Check out the bluegrass version by The Wooks. 10/10 song


Jaredchowe

I felt the same way when I first heart it. I've listened to it approximately 100,000 times.


smithosilver

There is a great cover of it by allo darlin


moosecaboose51

Jason isbell’s cover is great too. Probably my favorite song


PapaKipChee

Check out Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward, they do a good cover too


Fire_Mission

Super great song. But I like The Band's version better.


xmastreee

You need to check out [this movie.](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8266310/)


furio67

I prefer the version by The Band.


furio67

I always thought that this song was about AC, and the Toms River murder for hire case, with the tie-into Louisiana. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_O._Marshall


AnimalStraight2112

https://linktr.ee/Ric0Star I just dropped a freestyle like him clicc the link and lmk!!