The Official Bruce Springsteen Website. Clocking in at 40 songs and 3 CDs (and five vinyl records!), this insanely anticipated career-spanning set was a treasure chest for fans thirsting for a document of ten years of E Street shows.
Bruce Springsteen ()“It was a study of different impressions of an afterlife. In the first verse, a young Palestinian suicide bomber contemplates his last moments on Earth. In the second, a Navy wife longs for her late husband lost at the Pentagon, the absence of the physical, the smells, the human longing for a return to wholeness.
Song MeaningThis song is about two women who strive to reach paradise. The first is a mother who is also a suicide bomber - we know she's a mother becuase of the motherly reference to the school pack. A man wouldn't be referenced this way. She is from the middle east - as referenced by the black river, i.e 4/5(3).
May 30, · In Dave Marsh's first book about Springsteen (the original, (c), pressing) the song is listed as "Paradise By The [u]SEA[/u]". Interestingly Dave Marsh (along with Landau) was sitting next to Springsteen in the DJ cubicle at radio station KMET in Los Angeles on July 4, when a live recording of this song was given its premier public airing.