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"She's the One"
Song by Bruce Springsteen

from the album Born to Run

Released August 25, 1975
Recorded June 1975 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York[1]
Genre Rock
Length 4:30
Label Columbia Records
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau
Born to Run track listing
"Born to Run"
"She's the One"
"Meeting Across the River"

"She's the One" is a song by Bruce Springsteen. Frequently featured in Springsteen and E Street Band concert performances, it first appeared on the Born to Run album in 1975. It was also released as the B-side to Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" single.[2]

The topic of the song is the rock staple of an intensely attractive, but cold-hearted woman, who causes massive emotional turmoil for her lover. Although the singer knows the woman is a liar, he wants to believe her.[3] The lyrics reflect both the joys and yearnings of summer nights.[4] Like other songs on Born to Run, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Night", the story of the relationship is told in a flashback.[5] Musically, it has a staccato beat and a rhythm reminiscent of that of "Bo Diddley" songs.[2][4] As if to emphasize the Diddley-like riff, Springsteen has sometimes led into "She's the One" in concert with a Diddley song - either "Bo Diddley" or "Mona".[6] The percussive piano sound and the rhythms that are reminiscent of some Buddy Holly songs sound like an homage to older rock 'n' roll songs.[3]

"She's the One" has connections with other Springsteen songs. The line from Backstreets "I hated you when you went away" was originally a line in "She's the One".[3] "She's the One" includes references to French cream and French kisses, which were originally included in an early Springsteen song, "Santa Ana".[3][6] Springsteen has claimed that he wrote the song primarily because he wanted to hear E-Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons play its sax solo, and after he wrote the melody he wanted to hear he filled in the words.[2]

The percussive piano part is a highlighted feature of one of many concert performances of "She's the One" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Working on a Dream Tour, Hartford Civic Center, April 24, 2009.

The song has become very popular live, and has been played 468 times as of 2008.[7] Some fans have claimed that "She's the One" and "Born to Run" were first played at a concert where Springsteen opened for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 9, 1974.[8] This has never been confirmed, and bootlegs of the concert do not contain either of these songs.[8] The first confirmed live performance of the song was on October 4, 1974.[1] "She's the One" was one of the songs that Springsteen wrote for before beginning to record the Born to Run album, along with "Born to Run", "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland", although originally he was not sure whether to include it on the album.[9] Several versions of the song were recorded for Born to Run between April and June 1975, and the June 1975 version recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York is the one that was officially released.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Bruce Springsteen On the Tracks, Born to Run". Retrieved 2007-07-27.  
  2. ^ a b c Humphries, P. (1996). Bruce Springsteen. p. 23. ISBN 0-7119-5304-X.  
  3. ^ a b c d Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-275-98938-0.  
  4. ^ a b Sawyers, J.S. (2006). Tougher Than the Rest. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-8256-3470-3.  
  5. ^ Marsh, D. (1979). Born to Run. p. 159. ISBN 0-440-10694-x.  
  6. ^ a b Basham, P. (2005). The Pocket Essential Bruce Springsteen. p. 29. ISBN 1-903047-97-8.  
  7. ^ "Statistics from". Retrieved 2009-02-08.  
  8. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. pp. 28. ISBN 0-275-98938-0.  
  9. ^ Marsh, D. (1979). Born to Run. p. 147. ISBN 0-440-10694-x.  

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