I’m Goin’ Down (1984) – Bruce Springsteen

I’m Goin’ Down is my personal studio – favourite from Springsteen’s legendary Born in the USA record. The title track is my favourite listen and vision outright from the live-video recordings, but today’s song really does it for me. It might be one of the least popular from the record, but I love hearing it when it comes on. Despite the repetitive nature of the chorus, I have never grown tired of it because it always gets my blood pumping. It was one of the first songs from Bruce I enjoyed listening to in my youth and represented some kind of ‘unheralded freedom‘.

We sit in the car outside your house, you’re quiet
I can feel the heat coming around
I go to put my arm around you
And you give me a look like I’m way out of bounds
Well, you let out one of your bored sighs
Well, lately when I look into your eyes

I’m goin’ down, down, down, down

It was the sixth released song from the record and reached No. 9 in the United States. Springsteen had changing ideas about which songs to include on the album, but eventually decided to include I’m Goin’ Down in place of Pink Cadillac.

This energetic song about a relationship’s deterioration has been more favourably received in recent times with some listing it in his ten best songs. Springsteen hasn’t performed it often since the Born in the USA tour. The band originally recorded I’m Goin’ Down as a break from the Nebraska sessions but was temporarily shelved. Interestingly Springsteen had considered using solo tracks (like on Nebraska) for Born in the USA but was convinced to release band tracks.  In concert, Springsteen has described I’m Goin’ Down in jest as “one of my more insightful songs about men and women“.

The video I have presented below is translated in Spanish with some special concert moments of Bruce and the E Street Band over the years.

1. I’m Goin’ Down – Wikipedia

“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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22 comments on “I’m Goin’ Down (1984) – Bruce Springsteen
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I loved this song and still do. This is the song that I played to my son that got him into Springsteen.

    • It seems a to be an effectual song to get people onto Springsteen. How it commences and lays-down the words in the first verse – sets the wheels in motion. Just a great rock song. I think it was the first song Connie liked hearing from him. Now she’s a big follower. Bruuuuuce!

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes it’s simple and straight and easy to like. Bailey is the same with Springsteen…

      • Yep Now Padres against Dodgers. To be honest I think it’s unfair that the Mets with their record (this season) had these wild card games and lost to a team way below them on record. That doesn’t make sense to me.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        I agree with you…it’s a little better this year… Last year the Dodgers with 106 wins had to play a single elimination game…they won it but still…I think it should be the best out of 5 at least.

      • I think it should be the best from the best records and have teams played outside of their leagues and groups more to make it more even. It should be even be even for all to escape ‘easy groups’ in a league

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Matt…I like the old format… the winner of each league meet in the World Series… that would NOT go over well lol. That is how it was in the old days.
        MLB wants all the TV money they can get. There were a lot of upsets this past weekend. Only the Cleveland Indians (Guardians) were picked to win and actually did.

      • I like it, if they play evenly other teams from other groups from both leagues. I don’t understand why that is difficult.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Well MLB would miss all of that playoff money. Instead of 12 teams playing you would have 2.

      • Yep, that’s it. Get the two best playing equally other teams from intra and outer leagues and have them go at it. I mean for God sake after how many games 186? Surely you can do that?

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        162 games each year… it’s a long haul!

      • But for little. What’s the point? Each game means nothing if Padres with their record beat the Mets. There is something seriously wrong. But yeh, give everyone a medal.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Like I said I prefer the old way…the winner of the American League play the winner of the National League…that is fair… best of 7 World Series.

      • Just reading article now. Isn’t Kimbrel your closer? They moved him to reliever? Speaking of players rotating teams each year. He’s one.
        If Dodgers don’t do it. I would like to see Phillies do damage. Not that I give a Sh&t, but a team out of it so long.

      • 12 teams playing in playing after 186 games lol

      • Also you have the better teams sitting time out (for wild card games) when the players need continuity in game-play. For example Padres might be on a roll ok and hammer Dodgers because of continuity. There is so much wrong in play-offs. They should look to the premiere league of English football to understand how the best team is rewarded over a season. But they want to make it exciting and include more teams for pay-off.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yea they wanted to include 2 more teams but the players union said absolutely not…it’s already up to 12 teams.

      • And the way players change teams every season reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld’s skit about ‘I will just support the Jersey colors’. It’s a fkn joke all of it.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        That is American sports… in MLB they have to stay with a team for 6 years…after that their big payday comes along. It’s getting rare to see players like Kershaw still play for the same team.

      • I didn’t know they had to stay at a club for 6 years? Really?
        That’s what I admired about Kershaw.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes and after that they can hit free agency

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