Bruce Springsteen wasn’t kidding when he said that his upcoming solo album, Western Stars, would be inspired by the Southern California pop records of the late ’60s and early ’70s, and focus on “character-driven songs and sweeping orchestral arrangements.” The latest example was unveiled on Thursday (May 30) with “Tucson Train,” the third preview track The Boss has dropped in advance of the album’s June 14 release.
Accompanied by a string and horn section and a train track beat, the mid-tempo love song about waiting for a lover to arrive mixes anxiety, anticipation and regret in a lush Wall of Sound-style arrangement. “We fought hard over nothin’/ We fought til nothin’ remained/ I’ve carried that nothin’ for a long time/ Now I carry my operator’s license/ And spend my day just runnin’ this crane/ My baby’s comin’ in on the Tucson train,” he sings with a twang in the black-and-white performance video directed by acclaimed collaborator Thom Zinny (Springsteen on Broadway).
Springsteen previously released the Roy Orbison-like “There Goes My Miracle” and melancholy “Hello Sunshine.”
Watch “Tucson Train” below.