"New York City Serenade" by Bruce Springsteen (VIDEO)
Listen to "New York City Serenade" by Bruce Springsteen, No. 57 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
57. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, "New York City Serenade" (1973)
Few of the songs the New Jersey workingman's bard penned about New York City are this diffuse—directness would come much, much later. But Springsteen's cinematically epic thunder, which would flower two years later on Born to Run, is evident in this wordy, string-enriched ballad from his early Waits-ish troubadour period. "Serenade" is part of an album filled with NYC nods, improbably issued on September 11.