Bruce Springsteen’s 63 Finest Lyrics on his 63rd Birthday

As far as “facts that make us feel kinda old” go, the fact that it’s Bruce Springsteen’s 60th birthday 63rd birthday today (eeeek!) is definitely somewhere near the top of the list. But then again, Asbury Park’s most famous son has been turning out quality music for the best part of four decades — in fact, next year will mark the 40th anniversary of his debut album. Anyway, to celebrate the Boss’s birthday, we’ve chosen our 60 63 favorite Springsteen lyrics, which we’ve collated after the jump for your reading pleasure. They’re not really in any particular order — if anything, they’re roughly arranged by subject matter — with the exception of the #1 track, which is definitely our favorite Springsteen song of all time. So, what’s yours? Let us know in the comments section.

“There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away/ They haunt this dusty beach road/ In the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets”
From “Thunder Road”

“My ship Liberty sailed away/ On a bloody red horizon”
From “Livin’ in the Future”

“Did you hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin’ fortunes better than they do?”
From “4th July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”

“Have you ever seen a one-legged man trying to dance his way free?/ If you’ve ever seen that one-legged man/ Then you’ve seen me”
From “The Wrestler”

“I had some victory that was just failure in deceit/ Now the joke’s comin’ up through the soles of my feet”
From “Lucky Town”

“Seems you can’t get any more than half free”
From “Straight Time”