I learned how to hammer in the burning August sun
I learned how to lie and cheat, how to steel and just how to run
I fell asleep most nights with somebody else’s blood on my tongue,
Your tongue
You learned just how to run

But it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you

You learned how to cry in them lonesome September nights
I learned to get by with the dogs and the dirt and the charm of the street
I fell asleep most nights with your pictures right behind my eyes,
Your eyes
The killer and the victim arrive, right at the same time

But it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you
And it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you

The cause for smile, is bright like the ramparts on the 4th of July
And my baby swings like a boxer, and sends her right hooks onto my chin
She cries like a baby (cries like a baby)
And she wears me just like a ring
Cries like a baby (cries like a baby)
And she wears me just like a ring

Learned how to swagger
I Learned how to hold you while your body burned
I Learned how compromise while this whirlwind hurricane turned
We fell asleep most nights with each other’s blood on our tongues,
My love
Did you ever just have enough

But it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you
And it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you
And it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you

A few days after Bruce Springsteen appeared with Gaslight Anthem at Glastonbury, he invited Brian Fallon on stage with him at Hyde Park Calling. It’s hard to watch this video and not get the impression that the minute following 1:23 was probably the happiest moment of Brian’s life (though he does look like he’s about to burst into tears at the end of it).

And he does the second verse of No Surrender very well:

Well, now young faces grow sad and old
And hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
Now I’m ready to grow young again
And hear your sister’s voice calling us home
Across the open yards
Well maybe we’ll cut someplace of own
With these drums and these guitars

Afterwards the press picks up on the Bruce Springsteen comparison in a big way and suddenly Brian Fallon is the ‘new Springsteen’. Suddenly their popularity sky rockets and a narrative begins to form about the band which clearly starts to grate. By this summer he was starting to get rather pissy about it:

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And then I stumbled across the video of this festival show over the summer where he seems to have not only got over his frustration at being compared to Springsteen but has diligently reproduced an outfit I’ve seen countless pictures of Springsteen wearing: