Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska and filmic songwriting


Soundtrack has become a genre right, people make soundtrack music that isn't even for films. There was this band I remember, they out out cassettes of soundtracks like a Sergio Leone spaghetti western thing. But there was no movie, it was just an album.

Ian Scuffling

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Jumping in to defend Pat Garrett as Peckinpah's best film. I think Dylan makes a claim for great cinematic songwriting on certain albums, Blood on the Tracks and Desire being prominent examples. A similar short story structure to Nebraska's songs, but much more wandering in ways that I find more memorable.
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the she was a waiter in a diner, he was a mechanic in greasy overalls school of songwriting


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you get it in living on a prayer too, although that's actually a real song unlike anything on this dreary no effort album

Tommy used to work on the docks, union's been on strike
He's down on his luck, it's tough, so tough
Gina works the diner all day, working for her man
She brings home her pay, for love, mmm, for love
She says, "We've gotta hold on to what we've got
It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot for love
We'll give it a shot"


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presumably the antecedents are filmic and literary. when does it worm its way into popular music?