A Bad Desire

The Bruce Springsteen song ‘I’m on Fire’ was released on his 1984 seventh album Born In The U.S.A. and the single charted #5 in the UK and made it to #6 in the US.  The album’s music was written by Springsteen and recorded with his E Street Band.  ‘I’m On Fire’ won for Best Male Video at the second MTV Video Music Awards, held in 1985.  In an impromptu session, Springsteen, pianist Roy Bittan, and drummer Max Weinberg recorded the first version of this song themselves, because the rest of the band was taking a break when inspiration struck.  Bruce was playing around with a slow Johnny Cash rhythm that formed into this soft rockabilly beat.  The other E Street Band members were Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent and Steven Van Zandt.  This was Bruce’s fourth of a record-tying seven Top 10 hit singles to be released from Born in the U.S.A.

The song is extremely simple, and it may just be a romantic fantasy.  The song is about a man who asks a married woman if her daddy is home, and this seems weird to me, as I would never refer to a woman’s husband as her daddy, but in some cultures, this is perfectly acceptable.  I imagine that if the woman is young and beautiful, that some men may get the idea that they are being provided for by a rich man, who is almost like their daddy, but this whole thing is creepy to me.  He tries to seduce the woman by telling her that he could do things to her that her husband is not capable of.  The desire he has for her is so strong that it feels like somebody cut into his skull with a six-inch knife.  He wakes up in the night sweating and it feels like a freight train is running through his head.  His lust for this woman makes him feel like he’s on fire, and she is the only one that can put out the flames.

Hey little girl, is your daddy home?
Did he go away and leave you all alone? Mhmm
I got a bad desire
Oh oh oh, I’m on fire

Tell me now, baby, is he good to you?
And can he do to you the things that I do? Oh no
I can take you higher
Oh oh oh, I’m on fire

Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife, baby
Edgy and dull and cut a six inch valley
Through the middle of my skull

At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
And a freight train running through the middle of my head
Only you can cool my desire
Oh oh oh, I’m on fire
Oh oh oh, I’m on fire
Oh oh oh, I’m on fire

Woo ooh ooh
Woo ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Woo ooh ooh
Woo ooh ooh

Written for Bee’s Love Is In Da Blog 22 where today we are allowed to choose our own love song.

7 thoughts on “A Bad Desire

  1. With Born In The USA and a few years later the live album set…it was Radio Bruce for years…I didn’t mind though.

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