…a runaway American dream: RICH GIRLS have Springsteen Born to Run, covered +
Rich Girls – Born to Run / The Fighter are available at Bandcamp.
by Walter Price
What a shit show we’ve landed in. Pick a curse…police brutality, outrageously rampant racism, pandemic, financial despair, out of control homelessness, and Donald Fuckin Trump. Emotions are at a boiling point and the streets have been filled with social justice warriors, who are trying to guide, by force if need be, much-needed change. And perennial GTC garage-goth faves Rich Girls have dropped two powerful zeitgeist statements in “The Fighter” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 trying-to-find-a-connection classic, “Born to Run”.
“[Born to Run] is a song that has changed a lot over the years. As I’ve sung it, it seems to have been able to open up and let the time in. When I wrote it, I was 24 years old, sitting in my bedroom in Long Branch, New Jersey. When I think back, it surprises me how much I knew about what I wanted, because the questions I ask myself in this song, it seems I’ve been trying to find the answers to them ever since. When I wrote this song, I was writing about a guy and a girl that wanted to run and keep on running, never come back. That was a nice, romantic idea, but I realized after I put all those people in all those cars, I was going to have to figure out someplace for them to go, and I realized in the end that individual freedom, when it’s not connected to some sort of community, can be pretty meaningless. So, I guess that guy and that girl out there were looking for connection, and I guess that’s what I’m doing here. So, this is a song about two people trying to find their way home. It’s kept me good company on my search, and I hope it keeps you good company on yours.” – Springsteen
Both tracks, poignant and perfectly fitting to soundtrack our current states of unrest. Dark and looming, vocalist Luisa Black wears her feelings in her delivery and if you’re a fan of Nick Cave, Patty Smyth, and/or Television…then get these tracks onto your social conscience playlist….fight the power, raise your voice, and VOTE.
Proceeds from both tracks to be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Born to Run
+ The Fighter
Band photo by Karen Goldman / Luisa Black photo via Facebook
Born to Run written by Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run / The Fighter by Rich Girls
Vocals + guitar: Luisa Black
Guitar: Jonny Naismith
Drums: Gavin Haag
Recorded by Travis Harrison at Serious Business
Mixed + mastered by Sean Beresford at Blighty Sound
In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages on Highway 9
Chrome wheeled, fuel-injected, and steppin’ out over the line
Oh, baby, this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
‘Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run
Yes, girl, we were