I’ll hand it to you directly, Waitin’ on a Sunny Day is not one of my favourite Bruce Springsteen songs. What ruined this song a little bit for me is the live show arrangement, where a child is (reluctantly) pulled up on stage to sing the simple chorus with mr Springsteen himself.
However, it wasn’t always like that. From the beginning (during the Rising Tour) the crowd interaction featured a crowd sing-along, as Springsteen was walking along the front row of the pit with his guitar slung over his back, singing and greeting the people in the first rows. This always received a strong positive audience response.
It was not until during the Wrecking Ball Tour that it became a routine to pick out a youngster from the front of the pit area and have them sing along on the song. I know many people think it’s cute, but I don’t. I’ve seen too many too young children practically thrown on stage by fanatical parents for Bruce to sing with them. The parents are using their kids as a “click bait” to get Bruce’s attention. And, by the way, isn’t there an age limit to attend concerts?
With all this said I also have to say that I do like the song itself. Its bouncy, poppy and happy disposition catches me. The upbeat music and the repetitive chorus is very captivating.
The lyrics are about a man that has met a girl. The protagonist is letting her know that he needs her help to cope with life that can be tough sometimes. Without her something is missing and he is not as strong. It is a cute love song about hope and optimism in a couple’s relationship.
Without you I’m a drummer girl that can’t keep a beat, and an ice cream truck on a deserted street. I hope you’re coming to stay.
Since Springsteen is the soundtrack of my life, (although not my favourite) Waiting on a Sunny Day has its place too. I turn to this song for positive energy, to keep safe from whatever is holding me down and to leave something bad behind. It breathes anticipation, joy and prospect.
After rain comes sunshine and there’s been some raining this year. Nevertheless, I have a lovely summer ahead. A summer that holds probability to be the best one yet (I hope to share some of it on this blog)
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day was released in 2002 on the Rising album.
Great post! Same thoughts and same feelings. I still like listening the studio version and my first live experience with “Waitin’ on a sunny day” on June 23rd 2003 in Vienna was a great one. But then… hm, well…
You know, I was very happy not getting this song at San Siro in July 2016 😉
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Ouch… I meant June 25th!
I have to admit: This song is a highlight for me whenever it’s played. I love the induction of young kids into E Street Nation, and I secretly hope he plays it at every show I attend. I know this puts me in a distinct minority. 🙂
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I think he played this song in Tampa–but the acoustics were so bad at the Ice Palace where the show was held, I’m really not certain.
I’m sorry to hear that you had such a bad concert experience. What year was that?