INspiration Wednesdays: Tunnel of Love

tunnel of loveTunnel of Love is, for me, one of Bruce Springsteen’s most revealing song cycles — a visceral collection that chronicles the disintegration of his first marriage to actress Julianne Phillips. His vulnerability, loneliness and sadness quietly unfolds in each song like an open wound that refuses to heal. His heart beats alone but, as in most Springsteen songs, there is hope. Love will come again. The album closes with “Valentine’s Day,” a song that captures  both musically and lyrically, the stark alienation of a man alone in his car with only the desolate black night ahead — a prisoner of the white lines on the freeway.

I’m driving a big lazy car rushin’ up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand’s tremblin’ over my heart
It’s pounding baby like it’s gonna bust right on through
And it ain’t gonna stop till I’m alone again with you

A friend of mine became a father last night
When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers, the timberwolf in the pines
And that great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my girl, mister tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves left blown by the wayside
That’s got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river with the moonlight shining through
That ain’t what scares me baby, what scares me is losing you

They say if you die in your dreams, you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God’s light came shinin’ on through
I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin’ and born anew
It wasn’t the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn’t the bitterness of a dream that didn’t come true
It wasn’t the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms
No no baby, baby it was you

So hold me close honey, say you’re forever mine
And tell me you’ll be my lonely valentine
Lonely valentine

Glenn John Arnowitz is Director of Global Creative Services for Pfizer and co-founder of InSource. He is a designer, musician, composer, writer, actor and speaker, always looking for new ways to scratch that insatiable creative itch.