The rats own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night

from Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Though the Rat’s pursuit of the Barefoot Girl succeeded, he leaves her bedroom in favor of the “tunnels uptown.” It was his “dream,” likely one of being a rock and roll star, that killed him. In a song full of violent descriptions, this is the first line not couched in euphemisms or musical imagery.

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