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Bruce Springsteen — Trapped (live)
Album: The Essential Bruce Springsteen
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Released: 2003
Length: 5:07
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Well it seems like I'm caught up in your trap again
And it seems like I'll be wearin' the same ol' chains
Good will conquer evil and the truth will set you free
Then I know someday I'll find the key
Then I know somewhere I'll find the key
Well it seem like I've been playin' the game way too long
And it seems the game I played has made you strong
Well when the game is over, I won't walk out a loser
And I know that I'll walk out of here again
And I know that someday I'll walk out of here again

But now I'm trapped...oh yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah!

Now it seems like I've been sleepin' in your bed too long
And it seems like you've been meanin' to do me harm
But I'll teach my eyes to see beyond these walls in front of me
And someday I'll walk out of here again
Yeah I know someday I'll walk out of here again

But now I'm trapped...oh yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah!

Because I'm trapped...oh yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah!

I'm trapped...oh yeah yeah!
Trapped...oh yeah yeah
Trapped...oh yeahhhhhh
Trapped....oh yeahhhh
I'm trapped.
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Never been a real fan of "The Boss" . He somehow always never seemed authentic.  Too contrived, yet this is one of his really good songs from the sincere heart.   At least so it seems.
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Fine Tune,,, The other night my 15 year old daughter asked if I had any vinyl's laying around the house for a turntable she went out and bought. So I pulled out my pile 300 LP's and sat there with her. Its funny, I could remember buying, being given , or borrowing each one and the stories about each.

It was a long great conversation, that spanned hours, and time over the years.

When she pulled out Born To Run, I could remember back to the summer of 75, sitting in my room when I was 12, my brother had just brought it home and showed me the same exact album. I can remember him saying , "see this guy, this guy is incredible, this guy is going to be huge"

Listening to it then, seeing the cover now , telling her about the story and all of the others, spending time like that with her is always priceless.

Its amazing how a cover I held in my hands 41 years ago is just as important today, but so many other reasons.    
yehhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

Garry W Tallent (bass) just nails this tune in his signature less is more style.  Why it's a 9+

The 4 note riff in the chorus is minimalist and so perfect.  
I just heard this play and stopped everything to listen and read the lyrics. It immediately struck a personal chord about being in a relationship that you stay in with your conscience when your gut is saying get out! Many people stay in dead ends relationships to their own endless dismay. Reading on the web I saw a song synopsis that says it actually about- Singing in the words of a black man who is railing eloquently about the political oppression closing in on him, leaving him 'trapped'? Hmm, I like my interpretation! Bruce does a great job on slow methodical songs like this, One Step, I'm on fire and on....
Do the verses remind anyone else of "Ellis Unit One" by Steve Earle, from the Dead Man Walking soundtrack (which Springsteen was also on)?
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Fine Tune,,, The other night my 15 year old daughter asked if I had any vinyl's laying around the house for a turntable she went out and bought. So I pulled out my pile 300 LP's and sat there with her. Its funny, I could remember buying, being given , or borrowing each one and the stories about each.

It was a long great conversation, that spanned hours, and time over the years.

When she pulled out Born To Run, I could remember back to the summer of 75, sitting in my room when I was 12, my brother had just brought it home and showed me the same exact album. I can remember him saying , "see this guy, this guy is incredible, this guy is going to be huge"

Listening to it then, seeing the cover now , telling her about the story and all of the others, spending time like that with her is always priceless.

Its amazing how a cover I held in my hands 41 years ago is just as important today, but so many other reasons.    


 

I just moved for the ?th time . and still have four moving boxes full of  vinyl. My  soon to be ex never understood why I would drag these from house to house, to New Zealand and back, sometimes without ever opening the boxes. Not only that , but probably three hundred cassettes as well. Maybe if I had been able to adequately express how important each memorized note meant as far being able to call up long forgotten memories of better times, friends, etc, then perhaps ... well we all move on. I still get so much joy from records, album covers, liner notes- I feel for those who only have MP3 titles with scant information about the people who made the music we love. No tactile experience- how to explain the difference? I guess it's just another OK Boomer  moment...I wouldn't trade it for the world. Thanks Bill & Rebecca, I'll get a check in mail to you soon!
Thanks for the story Kaisersosay Bruce to me always seemed like a down to earth guy from Jersey Caught him with his first band Lots of good energy
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live  RP

Only 7  from me
 That is blasphemy 

Rest in noise, Clarence xx.
Long Live  RP

Only 7  from me
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
he can be very passionate
 

that's what I love about him
Further proof that Bruce is awesome.
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Fine Tune,,, The other night my 15 year old daughter asked if I had any vinyl's laying around the house for a turntable she went out and bought. So I pulled out my pile 300 LP's and sat there with her. Its funny, I could remember buying, being given , or borrowing each one and the stories about each.

It was a long great conversation, that spanned hours, and time over the years.

When she pulled out Born To Run, I could remember back to the summer of 75, sitting in my room when I was 12, my brother had just brought it home and showed me the same exact album. I can remember him saying , "see this guy, this guy is incredible, this guy is going to be huge"

Listening to it then, seeing the cover now , telling her about the story and all of the others, spending time like that with her is always priceless.

Its amazing how a cover I held in my hands 41 years ago is just as important today, but so many other reasons.    


 

You know Kaisersosay, i was twelve too, and it was my lost brother too, who came at home with this marvellous "Born to run",  he played it very loud and i remember this incredible sound in the little popular street where we used too live. Since, Bruce was a companion for every moment in my life, i can't remember a years without listening to his music. A great artist!
My second concert ever  was the Born in the USA tour at the Meadowlands. I was ten years old.  It was great!  My first concert was  was Michael Jackson Victory Tour a year before. I was lucky to have my parents support my interest in music. 
The 10s are starting to feel an awful lot like the 80s. Again. Great choice of song for this morning. 
I've never been a big Springsteen fan, except for THIS song.
Terrific. That is all. pxd
he can be very passionate
Perfect 10.
Great tune.  Garry W. Tallent nails the bassline.  Of course I may be a bit biased ... 
One of the few Bruce Springsteen songs I like.  I think it is because of the backup singers.
 Kaisersosay wrote:

Fine Tune,,, The other night my 15 year old daughter asked if I had any vinyl's laying around the house for a turntable she went out and bought. So I pulled out my pile 300 LP's and sat there with her. Its funny, I could remember buying, being given , or borrowing each one and the stories about each.

It was a long great conversation, that spanned hours, and time over the years.

When she pulled out Born To Run, I could remember back to the summer of 75, sitting in my room when I was 12, my brother had just brought it home and showed me the same exact album. I can remember him saying , "see this guy, this guy is incredible, this guy is going to be huge"

Listening to it then, seeing the cover now , telling her about the story and all of the others, spending time like that with her is always priceless.

Its amazing how a cover I held in my hands 41 years ago is just as important today, but so many other reasons.        



 
Great story, great album, great artist.
I think I still have that album stashed somewhere in the basement, but I don't have a turntable anymore.  Maybe someday my sons will get wise like your daughter and I'll pass my albums down.
 Webfoot wrote:
I'm guilty of under-appreciating Bruce through the years.

 

Me too.  Still do, actually.  But I like this one.


Instantly, I want to teleport back to 1985—I feel like Marty McFly!

Fine Tune,,, The other night my 15 year old daughter asked if I had any vinyl's laying around the house for a turntable she went out and bought. So I pulled out my pile 300 LP's and sat there with her. Its funny, I could remember buying, being given , or borrowing each one and the stories about each.

It was a long great conversation, that spanned hours, and time over the years.

When she pulled out Born To Run, I could remember back to the summer of 75, sitting in my room when I was 12, my brother had just brought it home and showed me the same exact album. I can remember him saying , "see this guy, this guy is incredible, this guy is going to be huge"

Listening to it then, seeing the cover now , telling her about the story and all of the others, spending time like that with her is always priceless.

Its amazing how a cover I held in my hands 41 years ago is just as important today, but so many other reasons.        


Trapped again and ever by Bruce. I was 18 and ran to buy "The River". I'm 52 an still running to buy "The ties that bind".
I've been a big Bruce fan for a long time and heard this song a thousand times.  But I've never taken the time to listen and really process the words.  Incredibly powerful as someone who went through a very manipulative and emotionally abusive relationship.  New found appreciation for this old classic.
I'm guilty of under-appreciating Bruce through the years.
Love you, Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce {#Heartkiss}
most excellent Boss  (feeling melancholy today and this song sounds Godlike)
{#Cool}
 thewiseking wrote:
i don't need some Scottish wanker throwing me a political sucker punch and delivering me a lecture. perhaps you do.
 
Then don't vote for Ronnie and Dubya types next time, notsowiseking, (including almost anything on the 'D' side of the corporate oligarchy).
 audiophelia wrote:
The Boss lost his edge once he became a celebrity, imo. Once a musician is no longer struggling, they lose touch with their roots. Just sayin'.

 
Death by popularity. Your argument says much more about you than about "The Boss"
For what it is................this is just about perfect!
 df1489 wrote:


It's hard to play the glockenspiel on stage and look cool....

 
In Springsteen's live shows Danny Federici would play a kind of keyboard glockenspiel called a tube-o-phone (ref. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Federici). I saw Bruce all sorts of times and never once saw a glockenspiel on stage.
{#Hearteyes}
Max knows how to make sure the band knows when it is time to take off. 
 Hannio wrote:
This is one Springsteen song I actually like.  The fact that it doesn't have any godawful glockenspiel is one reason.

 

It's hard to play the glockenspiel on stage and look cool....
                                         {#Notworthy}

I like the Boss.  This song, not so much. . .
I've seen Bruce at least six times and all were great concerts.
But the best were in the late seventies and early eighties when
this tune was one of the highlights.
 Bosami wrote:
Me too.

+1
 
Dittos, he's a once-working-class guy still working hard when he could just as easily be sitting it out. {#Cheers} Bruce!


 h8rhater wrote:

"Just sayin' "... did you really just say that?!?  Grow up.  Your "imo" is weak.

You have no idea what you are talking about especially when saying in the context of Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss has never lost touch with his roots, has never lost his energy, and his music remains timeless.   Last year's Springsteen CD was as good and any album from his 3+ decade career.  You don't last that long by "losing touch" with your roots or your fans.  I'm just saying.

 

Me too.

+1
 audiophelia wrote:
The Boss lost his edge once he became a celebrity, imo. Once a musician is no longer struggling, they lose touch with their roots. Just sayin'.
 
"Just sayin' "... did you really just say that?!?  Grow up.  Your "imo" is weak.

You have no idea what you are talking about especially when saying in the context of Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss has never lost touch with his roots, has never lost his energy, and his music remains timeless.   Last year's Springsteen CD was as good and any album from his 3+ decade career.  You don't last that long by "losing touch" with your roots or your fans.  I'm just saying.

 lmic wrote:

When/where was this recorded, anyone know?


wikipedia & brucespringsteen.net say: "recorded live August 6, 1984 at Meadowlands Arena on the Born in the USA Tour"

The first time I heard Bruce, a friend from New Jersey introduced me to him, I was blown away.
I am from the Rocky Mountains, but when I hear great music like Bruce's music , it doesn't
matter where you are from.  I have been listening to him for 20 plus years and I still really like
him.  I also think that he is going to be one of the great artists of this century. So to all those
people who don't like him each to his own, but I think you are really missing out.
The Boss lost his edge once he became a celebrity, imo. Once a musician is no longer struggling, they lose touch with their roots. Just sayin'.
I used to sing this song when I was married
 WayUpNorth wrote:
Somewhere along the line it became uncool to like Bruce.  I do acknowledge a regional quality to Bruce's music, i.e. people who grew up working-class in the mid-Atlantic region can relate to him like he's one of their relatives.  However, I do think he's written some stuff that transcends "popular" music although definitely American in perspective.  I think if he was only marginally popular he would be more appreciated.  Of course, the radio over-play syndrome doesn't help either. 
 

An astute observation indeed. Either way - should it be uncool to like the Boss - then I'll gladly turn in my cool credentials. {#Sunny}
As someone who has lived in New Jersey and Iowa - I can certainly attest to the validity of your comment. For some reason in Iowa - Bruce fans are as few and far between as Italian Hot Dogs. (Okay - maybe not that rare)...but honestly - I don't think Midwesterners can get past Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' era. In large part - his entire catalogue is dismissed because of that one record. It's a shame. Folks out here need a good dose of 'Nebraska.'


 slowhand wrote:
I get goosebumps thinking about seeing him in the 70''s...
Clarence and Bruce "knee sliding across the stage" with grins as big as full moons. Amazed.
 
When/where was this recorded, anyone know?

This is one Springsteen song I actually like.  The fact that it doesn't have any godawful glockenspiel is one reason.

Theme song to bachelor's parties everywhere...
I saw his cadillac on saturday.   at the r&r hall of fame annex.  just sayin.  it was free in honor of JL's birthday

Morriseys yodeling sounds somehow more serious than this guy - apologies dear friends in the US
One of my fave Bruce tunes.
Somewhere along the line it became uncool to like Bruce.  I do acknowledge a regional quality to Bruce's music, i.e. people who grew up working-class in the mid-Atlantic region can relate to him like he's one of their relatives.  However, I do think he's written some stuff that transcends "popular" music although definitely American in perspective.  I think if he was only marginally popular he would be more appreciated.  Of course, the radio over-play syndrome doesn't help either. 
Patti's a real sport to sing backup on this one.
My favorite Bruce, thank Bill!
 vaiodon wrote:
OMG, I was there ( trapped). But I'm free now.
 
That is what music is all about. 

Pure bliss! 10+ from here. {#Wave}
I don't usually enjoy his songs, but his live work is more to my liking. -7-
The Band sure tight on this one. Max's drumming  and Talent's bass drive the tune. Give me a couple billion $ and the E Street Band and it would be a good trap.
OMG, I was there ( trapped). But I'm free now.
another 5 minutes of my life that I will never recover.

V yes. Yes, it is.


This Springsteen song is FANTASTIC!!


pianocomposer wrote:
Here's a link to explain why Springsteen is probably the most consistently overrated musician in America, if not the world: (click here)
HA! (from the above link) "Since then, however, Bruce Springsteen has become an absolute personal and musical joke: his albums flop faster than Paris Hilton's panties;"
Bruce Springsteen is probably a nice guy and possibly even charming, deep, and intelligent. However, none of this comes through in his songs, which always seem to operate in one of three modes: Bombastic, Pretentious, and Boring. This song is Bruce in Bombastic mode. Rawk on!
redtex wrote:
Because sharing opinions is what we do here.
i don't need some Scottish wanker throwing me a political sucker punch and delivering me a lecture. perhaps you do.
thewiseking wrote:
and we give a shit what you think because.....
Because sharing opinions is what we do here.
madaxeman wrote:
"Bruce Springsteen is one of the few reasons people the world over still have faith in teh US" IMO the only peeps who have faith in the US are the lamebrains who voted for Ronnie and Dubya. I will willingly concede that US music ROCKS,though Brucie doesn't float my boat either.
and we give a shit what you think because.....
ThePoose wrote:
Jaco once said, ''With the bass, you figure out the fewest notes you need to play--then play half of them.''
Must bow down to the wisdom of Pastorius, R.I.P. :notworthy: Excellent quote!
I love this song. Always have. For some reason, tonight it reminded me of my late friend Andy. He loved the Boss. He also felt trapped by his life at the time. And he ended up taking his own life. Way too young. Way too young. I miss him so much.
Misterfixit wrote:
Oh yes indeed, Gary's work on this track is pure and simple and very very effective.
Jaco once said, ''With the bass, you figure out the fewest notes you need to play--then play half of them.''
KermitDfrog wrote:
I was hoping this would be played today. RIP Danny Federici.
OH MY GOD!! I didn't know we lost Danny! I thought he'd pull through after making some appearances a few weeks ago. Truly heart-breaking news. I had the pleasure of seeing him with Bruce back in November. So sad.
sharkey wrote:
Lyrics Crap Voice Crap In short Pure crap
Your comment.....crap.
I was hoping this would be played today. RIP Danny Federici.
My favorite Bruce tune, thanks Bill!!!!! :notworthy:
orpheus wrote:
bruce most certainly does NOT belong in the same category as bon jovi and journey, PLEEZE!! :naughty: :foot-in-mouth: :beat: :eyes: :eek:
Bruce and Bon Jovi grew up 12 miles apart from one another(with me in between).
Ericac wrote:
For a second I thought RP had discovered the BoDeans.
RP actually has fifteen BoDeans tracks in its repertoire, of which only two have never aired here.
sharkey wrote:
Lyrics Crap Voice Crap In short Pure crap
I agree completely.
Lyrics Crap Voice Crap In short Pure crap
For a second I thought RP had discovered the BoDeans.
While I respect his renown and think some of his latest work is decent (although I wouldn't buy it), RP is going on mute for the next few mintues.
memories of playing this song over and over. wasnt it on the 'we are the world' compilation?
orpheus wrote:
bruce most certainly does NOT belong in the same category as bon jovi and journey, PLEEZE!! :naughty: :foot-in-mouth: :beat: :eyes: :eek:
C'mon. He's as good as them. Really. You're not giving him enough credit.
orpheus wrote:
bruce most certainly does NOT belong in the same category as bon jovi and journey, PLEEZE!! :naughty: :foot-in-mouth: :beat: :eyes: :eek:
Ditto!
Thank you Bill for playing this, this and New York Seneade are my favorite Bruce. :hearteyes:
bleh ! Mute.
E_A_D_G wrote:
Give the bass player some - in this case one Mr. Gary W. Tallent. Nails the chorus with just 4 notes. Strong Well now I'm Trapped OOh yeah Trapped OOh Yeah Trapped
Oh yes indeed, Gary's work on this track is pure and simple and very very effective.
conocardium wrote:
Springsteen, Journey, Bon Jovi - it's what made the 80s era of arena rock so awful.
bruce most certainly does NOT belong in the same category as bon jovi and journey, PLEEZE!! :naughty: :foot-in-mouth: :beat: :eyes: :eek:
Springsteen, Journey, Bon Jovi - it's what made the 80s era of arena rock so awful.
Give the bass player some - in this case one Mr. Gary W. Tallent. Nails the chorus with just 4 notes. Strong Well now I'm Trapped OOh yeah
You see? 80's music wasn't all that bad!
pianocomposer wrote:
This particular song, while good, just gets slightly more intense, and it doesn't say anything interesting lyrically.
This song was not written by Bruce Springsteen, so any complaints you have in this case regarding composition and lyrics should be directed to Jimmy Cliff.
"Bruce Springsteen is one of the few reasons people the world over still have faith in teh US" IMO the only peeps who have faith in the US are the lamebrains who voted for Ronnie and Dubya. I will willingly concede that US music ROCKS,though Brucie doesn't float my boat either.
Sunman wrote:
Never could get on board with this guy...maybe it's an East Coast thing...don't know of anybody who likes him. I'm Not knocking him or his abilities, he just don't float my boat.
My wife and I are very cool towards most of springsteen's songs. She thinks he can't sing (often true). As a songwriter, myself, I think his songs are emotionally one-dimensional. Rarely does he switch gears, get quiet, or do anything else to make an emotional transformation other than your standard build up or down. Many of his most famous songs are waving the flag too much for my taste. This particular song, while good, just gets slightly more intense, and it doesn't say anything interesting lyrically. An 8 because it sounds nice, I guess. Here's a link to explain why Springsteen is probably the most consistently overrated musician in America, if not the world: (click here)
Never could get on board with this guy...maybe it's an East Coast thing...don't know of anybody who likes him. I'm Not knocking him or his abilities, he just don't float my boat.
gernick wrote:
by whom? Bruce Springsteen is one of the few reasons people the world over still have faith in teh US
That's a very generous generalization.
Santa claus is coming to town and Tunnel of Love are Bruce's best tunes.
AphidA wrote:
This guy bores the piss out of me every time. No wonder why he was voted the Most Overrated Artist In History for 9 years in a row.
by whom? Bruce Springsteen is one of the few reasons people the world over still have faith in teh US
oufason wrote:
His shows used to be great, but on the last tour that the whole band went out, it was very disappointing. It was like they were going through the motions and Clarence has lost his chops. If you didnt see them in the late 70's and early 80's then dont bother now.
Agreed. That sort of thing is inevitable. Time marches on and all that. I'm just thankful I saw them in what I considered to be their prime. Based on my experience, things were already beginning to get pretty stale by the time the "Born in the USA" tour came around. In any case, this track is an excellent selection, both in terms of its quality and because it hasn't been beaten to death by overplay elsewhere.
KermitDfrog wrote:
Just make sure not to miss him the next time! I've seen him 15 or so times now and never miss a tour.
I dont agree. His shows used to be great, but on the last tour that the whole band went out, it was very disappointing. It was like they were going through the motions and Clarence has lost his chops. If you didnt see them in the late 70's and early 80's then dont bother now.
Springsteen was always an example to me of East Coast/West Coast cultural differences. For me, Velvet Undergound and Television were iconic East Coast bands, because they changed the way we heard and played music. Springsteen is a good musician who created enough good works to merit a decent greatest hits cd, but nothing more. Never got that whole raveup about him, and undoubtedly never will.
Strong.
This is one of those songs that I think I had blocked out of my head from the overplay back when it was released. But I found myself singing along, knowing the lyrics to a word, standing up, fist raised, singing "Trapped....." Great to hear this again.
Tony0600 wrote:
usual drivel
Indeed Tony. This comment is your usual drivel.
Oh, niiice! I go away for a minute and you bust out "Trapped?!" Can I mention how funny this is? AphidA wrote:
This guy bores the piss out of me every time. No wonder why he was voted the Most Overrated Artist In History for 9 years in a row.
how can you win nine years in a row? "Oh, everyone STILL thinks this guy is awesome!? Well, we STILL say he sucks. Same time next year...?" I remember the first time I saw Bruce and he did this song and he did "Light of Day" neither of which are songs you would know unless you were enough of a fan to see him live semi-regularly. And with these two unknown songs he blew the frickin roof off the place. There is a version of TRAPPED on the "USA for Africa" album which makes it not 100% obscure but it's still a rare and great treat to hear it live with this band. Please play it again soon! TJ
Antigone wrote:
Makes me really regret having never seen him/them live.
Just make sure not to miss him the next time! I've seen him 15 or so times now and never miss a tour.
AphidA wrote:
This guy bores the piss out of me every time. No wonder why he was voted the Most Overrated Artist In History for 9 years in a row.
Yeah, I suppose 99% of music fans are wrong and you're right.
Makes me really regret having never seen him/them live.
FamilyMan wrote:
This one is a Jimmy Cliff song.
Thanks for the info - I didn't know that!
hippiechick wrote:
Oh yeah! Prolly one of my fave Bruce songs. I can personally relate to it.
It is a rather universal personal.
usual drivel
Roverfish wrote:
That opening guitar made me think of Gary Moore's "Friday on My Mind" rendition. I'm probably one of 8 people who've heard it... In any case, a most excellent tune from the Boss. Really nice cover here.
Oh yeah! Prolly one of my fave Bruce songs. I can personally relate to it.
interesting cover, good in its own right, but I am not sure it adds much to the original. For some reason the right gospel mood of the song escapes him. The whole 3rd CD of the set, by the way, is rather questionable, in my opinion ...
That opening guitar made me think of Gary Moore's "Friday on My Mind" rendition. I'm probably one of 8 people who've heard it... In any case, a most excellent tune from the Boss. Really nice cover here.
I get goosebumps thinking about seeing him in the 70''s... Clarence and Bruce "knee sliding across the stage" with grins as big as full moons. Amazed.
Whenever I see them do this song live I'm in heaven. One of my favorites!
Patti wrote:
I think this is my favorite Bruce song. But, then again, just about every Bruce song is my favorite. :wink: Patti M.
I agree! :high-five: Sensational!