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