County Fair (2003) – Bruce Springsteen

I love this little known gem from Bruce. The words, the delivery and instrumentals are from someone who knows their craft. It was released as a bonus track on The Essential Bruce Springsteen record which I snapped up with much gusto! County Fair reminds me of when I was based at Creswell and visiting the nearby fair entourage. The song presents great imagery of warm summer nights, love and happiness and his low-key delivery just puts us in ease with our thoughts.

Every year when summer comes around
They stretch a banner ‘cross the main street in town
You can feel somethin’s happenin’ in the air
Well, from Carol’s house up on Telegraph Hill
You can see the lights going up out in Soldiers Field
Getting ready, for the county fair

In the thick of the Pandemic here in Bogotá I can’t help but feel Nostalgic about this track. Imagine for a second how the thousands of theatre and circus performers have been made destitute and wavering lunatics by the lockdowns? There is something wrong in all of this. My children haven’t seen a school since March last year and probably won’t see one until next year. They’ve never seen a County Fair or a Circus – at least Bruce and I have seen one.
I live in a predominantly Catholic country where I thought they learnt ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ – Matthew 18:1-3.
What is happening when authorities deny children from socialising?

Anyway, this song may make you feel like sitting at a porch on a summer night reminiscing of good times.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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2 comments on “County Fair (2003) – Bruce Springsteen
  1. Im a sucker for songs about County Fairs, Carnivals, midways, circuses etc. Good stuff. I think Bruce is too. 4Th Of July and Wild Billy’s Circus.

  2. Sorry I just got back from holidays and didn’t see your message until now. I’m a sucker for these carnival songs in particular those you mentioned from Bruce. There is one from the Australian group, ‘My Friend the Chocolate Cake’ which I find so atmospheric regarding the Carnival scene. The song is called, ‘The Carnie’s song’ and the song goes so well with the video. You can view it below:

    Cheers Cinci

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