"It was a love song and I really wasn't writing them at the time. My love songs were never straight out, they weren't direct. That song needed directness and at the time I was uncomfortable with it.'' - Bruce Springsteen
''I could not have finished it as good as Patti Smith did. She was in the midst of her love affair with Fred 'Sonic' Smith and she had it all right there on her sleeve. She put it down in a way that was just quite wonderful." - Bruce Springsteen
"This song always makes me think of three men: Fred 'Sonic' Smith who inspired it, Jimmy Iovine who produced it, and Bruce Springsteen who wrote it." - Patti Smith
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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