So I drew what I had from the Central Trust
And I bought us two tickets on that Coast City bus

from Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City Lyrics on Rap Genius


Many of Springsteen’s characters are lost soul’s – people who can’t seem to find roots. They are in a constant state of relocation.

In earlier songs like Thunder Road and Born to Run, he explores this on a more youthful, rebellious level.

On Nebraska however, most of these characters are lost due to personal struggles. They are in motion because no community is willing to embrace them.

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