Re: These are some of the most confusing lyrics I have ever read.
Well, Springsteen says, in the end you have to look at a song and not know where it came from.
Or, as he also says. It comes from the unconscious.
He must be clueless (altered state) and/or not awake (unconscious) when he writes lyrics.
The latter seems impossible. But, hey, he's THE BOSS, I guess people just swallow his bullshit explanations.
Or maybe afraid to ask him what he means, cause, you know, he's the expert about this "secret" skill of songwriting.
It doesn't take a genius. Just lots of hypnosis and altered states of consciousness. Drugs and alcohol help as well.
Lots of pain and suffering, sex slaves, being stuck in the past, too.