For You : for who?

Bruce Springsteen has always offered a kind of redemption through rock and roll, it's one of the reasons his work transcends most other popular art. After his performance this week with U2 for the AIDS Benefit, we wondered about the song he was performing 40 years ago when the photo that anchors our site was taken.

'For You' is about a suicide… but whose? And why did he change it from a mid tempo recording on Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in 1973 (It was later included on the compilation album The Essential Bruce Springsteen.) to the piano ballad he frequently, if not exclusively, performs live?

We have never been convinced this song is about just one woman, one friend, one person he is trying to save.

Is this song for us?

Springsteen's passion for bigger answers and bigger questions is never more obvious than when he declares.

'Remember how I kept you waiting when it was my turn to be the god?'

So what is this song about? It is for you?

Performing with the band U2, who share the spiritual conviction of artist as minister of the faith, who is Springsteen speaking to? Who does he hope to reach?

 

 

For your consideration.